TUF 16 Finale and UFC on FX 6: Why You Can't Miss These Cards

Anthony Fusco@fusconation16Correspondent IIIDecember 13, 2012

TUF 16 Finale and UFC on FX 6: Why You Can't Miss These Cards

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    Tis the season for giving. That is why the UFC is giving us double the action this weekend starting on Friday with the TUF: The Smashes Finale, and ending Saturday night with the TUF 16 Finale.

    Both cards are completely free, and feature an abundance of talented fighters who are ready to put on a show.

    The fights are all across the spectrum, as heavyweights, middleweights, featherweights and more collide in what is sure to be an entertaining two days of UFC action.

    Plus, three TUF winners will be crowned and have the right to call themselves the ultimate fighter.

    Here's why you can't miss these two upcoming cards.

Two Free Coaches' Fights

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    The coaches of both seasons will step into the Octagon to man the main events of their respective events.

    Up first up is the TUF: The Smashes coach battle featuring scrappy lightweights Ross "The Real Deal" Pearson against George Sotiropoulos.

    Both fighters are motivated and will make this a great fight. Plus, there is the added country rivalry. Pearson is from the UK, while Sotiropolous hails from Australia.

    On the TUF 16 Finale, heavyweights Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione throw down in the main event. Both are exciting heavyweights who can end a fight with a single punch.

    Both of these bouts are can’t miss for a few reasons. Both Pearson and Sotiropoulos are in need of a win. They both want to stay relevant within the jam packed lightweight division. That means that both will fight their hearts out.

    Nelson and Mitrione are both looking to establish themselves as contenders in the heavyweight division. A win for either of them will do wonders in getting them recognition from fans and UFC brass. Both are also heavyweights and as such, they are capable of a vicious knockout that fans love to see.

Ultimate Fighter Winners Being Crowned

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    Both shows will end their seasons with live fights that will determine which fighter gets the right to call themselves the ultimate fighter.

    In the TUF: The Smashes series, Brad Scott and Robert Whittaker will fight for the show's welterweight contract, while lightweights Colin Fletcher and Norman Parke fight for the final contract.

    All four of these fighters have proven that they could be the next big thing, and they are motivated to win the show with an exciting performance.

    It is also the first finale for a show featuring fighters from Australia.

    On the TUF 16 Finale, American welterweight Colton Smith takes on Canada's own Mike Ricci. Both fighters booked their spot in the finals with dominant performances on the show. They are now prepared to put on a show for the fans and win that contract.

    Ricci also has the opportunity to become the show's first ever Canadian winner.

    All three of these fights are can’t-miss bouts because of the action and dedication these fighters bring to the cage. It will be the most important fight of any of their lives, and they are prepared to lay everything on the line for a chance at a UFC contract.

A Bevy of Talent on Both Cards

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    Aside from the main fights, both cards feature ton of other talent that is sure to put on a show.

    UFC on FX 6 plays host to a middleweight battle between feared striker Hector Lombard and heel hook master Rousimar Palhares.

    Featherweights Chad Mendes and Yaotzin Meza square off, while Seth Baczynski will try to make it five in a row against Mike Pierce. 

    The TUF 16 Finale features notable heavyweights Pat Barry battling Shane del Rosario and lightweights Melvin Guillard and Jamie Varner duke it out for the win.

    Don't forget that featherweights Dustin Poirier and Jonathan Brookins are also on this card.

    The rest of the talent on both cards makes both of them impossible to miss. Lombard and Palhares are two middleweights coming off losses that are trying to make a name for themselves in the middleweight division.

    Chad Mendes looks to get back into the featherweight title picture when he takes on Yaotzin Meza, who will be making his UFC debut. Seth Baczynski has been a monster and fan favourite since his drop to welterweight, and Mike Pierce always keeps fights competitive.

    Pat Barry and Shane del Rosario may produce the best striking battle of 2012. Both are accomplished striker sin kickboxing and Muay Thai respectively. Melvin Guillard looks to reclaim some momentum when he faces a rejuvenated and always game, Jamie Varner.

    Featherweight beast Dustin Poirier looks to get back in the win column when he takes on the always tough Jonathan Brookins.

    Both cards are stacked top to bottom and there are fights that should produce highlight reel finishes. You can’t miss these fights because they will be some of the best of the year.

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