Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner Set for TUF 16 Finale

August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Melvin Guillard fights Donald Cerrone (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
McKinley NobleCorrespondent INovember 2, 2012

Melvin Guillard and Jamie Varner are heading to The Ultimate Fighter's 16th season finale.

Just announced today by the UFC, verbal agreements have been made on both sides by each fighter. It's a bout that will surely produce some fireworks, as both lightweights are coming off "Fight of the Night" performances that ended in thrilling fashion.

Guillard vs. Varner rounds out a sizable FX card, which currently includes the following planned matchups:

  • Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson
  • Pat Barry vs. Shane Del Rosario
  • James Head vs. Mike Pyle
  • Jonathan Brookins vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Nick Catone vs. T.J. Waldburger
  • Rustam Khabilov vs. Vinc Pichel
  • Reuben Duran vs. Hugo Viana
  • Johnny Bedford vs. Marcos Vinicius
  • Tim Elliott vs. Jared Papazian
  • John Cofer vs. Mike Rio

Guillard last competed at UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado, coming within inches of defeating Donald Cerrone by knockout. However, Cerrone was able to recover on his feet and stopped Guillard in just 76 seconds with a high kick and straight right.

Varner's last match resulted in a loss against Joe Lauzon during a high-paced, three-round fight that saw both men trade heavy punches and aggressive submission attempts. Lauzon eventually caught Varner in a tight triangle choke, ending the fight to massive applause from the crowd.

The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale will take place at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 15. Only three fights have been confirmed for the main card—Carwin vs. Nelson, Pyle vs. Head, and the match between both TUF 16 finalists.

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