MMA: The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 Finale Preview, Predictions


The 13th season of The Ultimate Fighter is one fight away from inducting its new member into the fraternity of winners. The fighters have made their way through three fights on the show and are now only one fight away from achieving their goal of becoming the next Ultimate Fighter.

It’s Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos one last time as Ramsey Nijem of Team Dos Santos will be taking on Tony Ferguson from Team Lesnar. Each fighter was favored early on by their coaches to win it all and breezed through the competition, making their coaches look like geniuses.

Nijem (4-1) used his wrestling to get himself to the finals with wins over Charlie Rader and Clay Harvison by submission and Chris Cope by TKO. Nicknamed “stripper Ramsey” by his house mates, Nijem will have the clear advantage on the ground against Ferguson.

Ferguson (10-2) became the exile of the show in episode #9 when he got drunk and got into an altercation with Charlie Rader. Ferguson used his striking to get him to the finals with (T)KO wins over Justin Edwards, Ryan McGillivray and Chuck O’Neil. Ferguson holds the striking advantage over Nijem, making this bout a classic striker vs. grappler.

The card also includes three other bouts with fighters from this season including Chuck O’Neil vs. Chris Cope that will appear on the night’s main card.

Co-headlining the card is a lightweight clash that could determine the next fighter in line for a title shot at 155 pounds. Clay Guida will stare across the Octagon and see the former WEC champion Anthony Pettis staring back at him, looking to finally get that unification bout after winner the WEC belt in the promotions final event.

The rest of the night’s card, including predictions are below. Make sure to check out and join the MMA Valor Fight Camp and compare your picks against the staffs. For a look at the best bets on the TUF 13 finale card check out our betting corner.

Guida vs. Pettis

170 lbs.: Ramsey Nijem vs. Tony Ferguson – Ramsey Nijem

155 lbs.: Clay Guida vs. Anthony Pettis – Anthony Pettis

170 lbs.: Chuck O’Neil vs. Chris Cope  – Chuck O’Neil

205 lbs.: Kyle Kingsbury vs. Fabio Maldonado – Kyle Kingsbury

185 lbs.: Ed Herman vs. Tim Credeur – Tim Credeur

Preliminary Card

135 lbs.: Scott Jorgensen vs. Ken Stone – Scott Jorgensen

155 lbs.: Jeremy Stephens vs. Danny Downes – Jeremy Stephens

145 lbs.: Josh Grispi vs. George Roop – Josh Grispi

135 lbs.: Reuben Duran vs. Francisco Rivera – Reuben Duran

170 lbs.: Clay Harvison vs. Justin Edwards  – Clay Harvison

170 lbs.: Shamar Bailey vs. Ryan McGillivray  – Ryan McGillivray

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