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Tonight the UFC once again takes over Las Vegas and our televisions as they will be bringing us the finale of The Ultimate Fighter: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos.  This card has the makings of an old school WEC show and we all remember how great those shows were.  There may not be many “big” names on the card that jump out at you, but after tonight, you will remember a lot of these names.  Some of these fighters have been looking for a grand stage to showcase their abilities.  Tonight, they shall have it and we will reap the benefits.

Both Team Dos Santos', Ramsey Nijem and Team Lesnar's, Tony Ferguson have worked incredibly hard all season long and both deserve to be in this spot.  I am only basing this on their skills during training and in the elimination bouts.  I am not counting the in-house antics.  These two fighters are very evenly matched as they are both extremely well rounded and wherever this this fight ends up, it will be competitive.  These athletes out lasted the other contestants and have more than earned their spots to fight for the guaranteed UFC contract. 

Nijem, perhaps the most talented of the fighters on the show this season, gained notice with his impressive submission finishes early on in the tournament.  Ramsey will be the favorite going into tonight’s tournament final.  Ferguson, who has gained motivation as the underdog, would like to erase the reputation he earned from his antics inside the TUF house this season.  Ferguson wants to be remembered for being the best fighter and winning the Season 13 tournament.  Tony will more than have his work cut out for him tonight. 

Oh, and there is this “other” fight to headline this card.  A little matchup between Clay “The Carpenter” Guida (28-8) and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (11-1).  We all know the drama that has unfolded in the lightweight division over the last year.  Zuffa merges WEC with UFC and Pettis was the last Lightweight Champ over in the WEC.  “Showtime” was to get the next shot at the Lightweight Title against the winner of the Edgar/Maynard fight.  Pettis watched that fight and waited patiently for the outcome.  

We all know what happened next.  Edgar/Maynard goes to a draw and now both are hurt.  Guida and Pettis have earned title shots based on performance, no doubt.  So while they wait their turn, they now have to fight each other to get that coveted title shot.  The WWE could not have written a better storyline for their show.  The lightweight division in the UFC should have their own series on network television.  “As the Cage Turns”…I can see it now. 

Both Guida and Pettis were ok taking this fight as both agreed that the UFC pays them to fight so they will get in the octagon and get it done.  There is a quite a bit riding on this fight as the loser could find himself out of the running for his title shot.  That also makes each fighter even more dangerous.  You could compare it to backing a wild animal into a corner.  Get your bathroom/snack breaks in before this fight as this one has fight of the night, or better yet, fight of the year written all over it. 

Tune in to Spike tonight at 9pm ET to catch the festivities as they go down live from The Pearl in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I am not sure The Pearl will be able to contain the electricity from this stacked card tonight.  You will have to tune in to find out.  This card is going to be a fun one.  Tonight, The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 comes to a close.  Do not miss it.
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