With ten fights already set for The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, many thought the rest of the card would be made up of contestants. However, it seems like the TUF 16 competitors who don’t make the final are only getting copies of the home game, so to speak, as the UFC has announced two more fights for the event and neither features a cast-member.
In a lightweight scrap, the UFC has announced former WEC champion Jamie Varner will be taking on Melvin Guillard in addition to a clash featuring TUF 15 alumni John Cofer-Mike Rio. The card is scheduled for December 15 on FX where fans will enjoy a headlining heavyweight bout between TUF 16 coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson.
Varner (20-7-1) is coming off of a Fight of the Night performance against Joe Lauzon at UFC on FOX 4. The well-rounded competitor stepped in late to replace Terry Etim at the event and started strong before ultimately being forced to tap via Triangle Choke in the middle of the third round. Prior to the defeat, Varner pulled off a major upset by knockout out Edson Barboza.
Comparably, Guillard (30–11–2) is also entering the Octagon on the heels of a loss, falling to Donald Cerrone at UFC 150 in another Fight of the Night scrap. Despite his recent struggles, “The Young Assassin” has racked up a number of impressive wins under the UFC banner and has finished 21 of the 30 opponents he’s beaten.
Meanwhile, Rio (8-1) wasn’t able to fight at the finale for his respective season of TUF because of a rib injury. Comparably, Cofer (7-2) was finished via knockout in the opening seconds of the third round in a fight with Justin Lawrence. As a result, both men should undoubtedly be fired up as they’re both seeking their first UFC win.
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