The fight card for the live season finale of The Ultimate Fighter 5 next Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV has been finalized.
As you know by now, the main event will be B.J. Penn vs. Jens Pulver with the winner getting an expected shot at the UFC lightweight title this year.
Also scheduled for the televised portion is the lightweight final between Nate Diaz and Manny Gamburyan along with another bout featuring lightweights, with Roger Huerta set to face Doug Evans.
A lot of the matches for the non-televised portion of the card are now up at UFC.com. Leonard Garcia will take on Alan “Monstah Lobsta” Berube, Thales Leites will fight Floyd Sword, Joe Lauzon will battle Brandon Melendez, Gray Maynard has been matched up against Rob Emerson, Brian Geraghty vs. Matt Wiman is set to go, and Andy Wang is scheduled to take on Cole Miller.
It’s interesting to note that Corey Hill is not on the card. I seriously doubt the UFC would not elect to retain him. Perhaps he is injured or maybe they are giving him more time to prepare. Other members from the cast not appearing on the card include Wayne Weems, Marlon Sims, Noah Thomas, and Gabe Ruediger. Ruediger, Sims, and Thomas are all finished with the company.