The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale Preview

Michael ManiscalcoContributor IJune 21, 2008

Rob Yundt vs. Rob Kimmons

After losing his UFC debut to top middleweight contender Ricardo Almeida, Rob Yundt is back to face Rob Kimmons who has established his name in some smaller organizations and has fought Marvin Eastman and Joe Riggs, but lost both.  Kimmons usually ends his fights in the first round with his great Jiu-Jitsu skills. Yundt hasn’t really fought anybody notable besides Almeida and I don’t think he can go out there and beat a man with the record Kimmons has produced. I think Kimmons will end this fight in the 1st round with a Guillotine Choke.

Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough

This should be a walk through for Tim Credeur because he has a pretty good resume by fighting EliteXC Middleweight Joey Villasenor as well as ending all of his wins in the 1st round. On the other side of the cage, Cale has yet to prove himself in the MMA circuit, when I did my research on him very few pieces of information popped up and most fight finders  have no fights to his name.     Tim looked very good in the replacement fight with CB and I think if he brings half of the intensity he brought in that fight he could end this one in the 1st round as well.

Dean Lister vs. Jeremy Horn

This bout is getting lots of heat from the hardcore MMA fans as most of them are saying its going to be a nap time for everyone watching on TV and sitting in the arena, but if you look at the fight it isn’t that bad at all, we’re seeing a battle between one of the most established guys in the UFC in Jeremy Horn and a veteran of PRIDE Dean Lister. Yes, its going to be very technical but some people enjoy that in a fight. I think Horn is going to win this fight just like he did in the 1st meeting by unanimous decision. Gumby is coming off a loss against top middleweight Yushin Okami, but the fight was pretty much made for him to lose. Dean Lister won his last fight on the undercard of UFC 79 against Jordan Radev who was coming off a brutal knockout loss to Andrew McFedries. Horn won the first fight between these two and he will walk away with the second one as well and get another win on that very established record.

Matt Arroyo vs. Matt Brown

In a rematch from 2006, Ultimate Fighter 6 contestant Matt Arroyo is going up against the man that beat him and also Ultimate Fighter contestant Matt Brown. Arroyo looked very good against John Kolosci at the Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale as he put Kolosci away with an armbar submission. Matt Brown has competed with UFC fighters Pete Spratt and Chris Lytle as well as holding a TKO victory over Arroyo, but I think this one could go a little different because Arroyo knows what mistakes he made and if he goes out and eliminates them he should be able to take this fight to the distance and have a unanimous decision victory.

Marvin Eastman vs.  Drew McFedries

This fight will be a straight up brawl between two men who can deliver knockout blows at any time in the fight. McFedries is known for his amazing knockout victory against Jordan Radev as well as holding a victory over Alessio Sakara at UFC 67, however his most recent fight was a TKO loss to Patrick Cote, a fight in which he didn’t look very impressive.. Marvin Eastman is coming off two wins against Rob Kimmons and Terry Martin, but both fights went the distance. Just like Percy said I think McFedries will win this fight by TKO because Eastman is getting a little to old to be able to handle the knockout power of a younger fighter.

Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett

In a fight that should be on the main card, former Ultimate Fighter contestant and co main eventer Josh Burkman is looking to get his career back on track after losing a close fight to Mike Swick. Hazelett is coming of a loss to an incredible wrestler in Josh Koscheck in a fight in which he was made to lose and it looks like this one will look no different. I see Burkman dominating the fight and being pushed back in the UFC main cards.

Dante Rivera vs. Matthew Riddle

In a fight between two of the fan favorites from the show, Matt Riddle is going up against Dante Rivera. Dante has proven himself in MMA in competing in the IFL and was looked at as one of the favorites to win the show besides CB of course. Matt Riddle doesn’t have any professional promotion experience besides a small fight in September of last year, but he did prove that his knockout power is amazing as he knocked out Dan Simmler so bad that he whimpered in pain and he was a protégée of Matt Serra. I think Dante’s experience will prevail in this fight and he will start his UFC career in grand style.

Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens

Spencer Fisher has proven to be one of the most exciting fighters to watch in the UFC by competing with a tremendous amount of heart against Sam Stout and Frank Edgar. Jeremy Stephens looked pretty impressive in his debut fight with Din Thomas, but he got caught in a submission which is a common mistake from most UFC rookies, but after that he managed to win three straight fights including a win against TUF contestant Cole Miller. However Fisher seems to tough and too resilient to lose to a young Jeremy Stephens, I think this fight will go the distance with The King taking it.

Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti

Diego Sanchez came out looking very strong after winning the first season of The Ultimate Fighter as he beat top UFC fighters in Nick Diaz, Joe Riggs, and Karo Paryisan. However he ran into a speed bump by losing to both Welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck. He managed to get a winning streak started again by defeating former Shooto fighter    David Bielkheden and beat him in dominating fashion. Luigi is going into this fight as a big underdog looking to pull off a Matt Serra or Gabriel Gonzaga type upset over Diego, but I don’t think its going to happen because Diego really is looking at a shot at the title and if he wants it that bad he must be training his heart out. I think Diego will take this one by TKO in the first round.

Amir Sadollah vs. C.B. Dollaway

In a rematch from a recent episode of the Ultimate Fighter, Amir Sadollah is going up against CB Dollaway in what looks to be the fight of the night. CB is undefeated in Professional MMA excluding his exhibition fights on the show, he even holds a victory on HDNet’s first event. Amir Sadollah doesn’t really have any history besides his stand on the show, but he has proven to be the Rocky Balboa of the show and has beaten all the fighters who were favored over him, however I think this will be his last stand and he will get put away by CB Dollaway looking to avenge his loss.

Evan Tanner vs. Kendall Grove

In our main event and a make or break fight for both fighters. Evan Tanner is the former middleweight champion of the world and holds 39 fights to his name, but he’s coming off a big KO loss to Yushin Okami. Kendall Da Spyder Grove is the TUF season three winner and is coming off of two first round losses to Patrick Cote and Jorge Rivera. I think Tito trained him well and is very confident in his friend to go out there and beat the former champ. Evan Tanner is looking to prove to the world that he still has it, but its going to be tough and I just don’t see him beating a younger fighter in Grove. It should be a great fight, but Grove will win it in the second.