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Ten bout live finale for the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” now finalized

With the airing of the final two taped episodes of the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” last night, the UFC has released the final 10 bout lineup for the show’s live season finale set to air on Saturday, Dec. 13 on Spike TV (9 p.m. ET) from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas.

With three UFC events scheduled for the month of December, the TUF 8 finale will feature more of the show’s eliminated cast in comparison to any season in recent memory.

Spike TV’s five-bout telecast will consist of the lightweight final between Phillipe Nover,’s resident TUF 8 blogger, and former NCAA wrestler Efrain Escudero, as well as the light heavyweight final between another former NCAA wrestler, Ryan Bader, and jiu-jitsu black belt Vinicius “Vinny” Magalhaes.

Augmenting the TUF finals will be bouts featuring UFC veterans, with welterweights Anthony Johnson and Kevin Burns will compete in a rematch from their controversial first bout at UFC Fight Night 14. Middleweights Wilson Gouveia and Jason MacDonald will also square off as well.

Serving as the show’s opener with be a lightweight title between former Team Mir teammates, Junie Browning and Dave Kaplan.

The entire 10 bout card is listed below.

Televised Main Card:

  • Phillipe Nover vs. Efrain Escudero
  • Ryan Bader vs. Vinicius Magalhaes
  • Jason MacDonald vs. Wilson Gouveia
  • Kevin Burns vs. Anthony Johnson
  • Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan

Non-televised preliminary card:

  • Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Shane Primm
  • Eliot Marshall vs. Jules Bruchez
  • Kyle Kingsbury vs. Tom Lawlor
  • Shane Nelson vs. George Roop
  • Rolando Delgado vs. John Polakowski founder and publisher Sam Caplan will be at the event covering it for However, he’ll be conducting various interviews while in Las Vegas for before and after the event.

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