The latest season of The Ultimate Fighter is currently in full swing with the sixth preliminary fight between Aisling Daly and Angela Magana airing this week, but it appears there’s good news for all of the women who participated on the show in regards to the upcoming finale in December.
UFC officials have confirmed to FOX Sports that 15 of the 16 fighters from this season of The Ultimate Fighter will compete at the upcoming finale on December 12 in Las Vegas.
The one fighter not on the card will be Justine Kish, who is still recovering from knee surgery to repair an ACL tear that was revealed on episode five of the series this year.
None of the matchups for the show will be announced until a later date of course because the tournament is still unfolding with preliminary round fights taking place for two more weeks before the quarterfinals begin.
The two finalists from the show will compete in the main event for The Ultimate Fighter finale on December 12 with the winner being crowned as the first ever UFC women’s strawweight champion.
The other 13 fighters will get matched up on the card with one additional competitor yet to be named added to round out the seven fights for the finale.
It was likely from the start of this season of The Ultimate Fighter that all 16 contestants chosen would get another shot in the UFC because this is an entirely new weight class being created for the promotion. The UFC has signed a few more fighters at 115-pounds, but once the reality show finishes, the division can begin to flourish with a champion and a slew of contenders already signed.
Three other fights have been announced for the card including Daron Cruickshank vs. K.J. Noons, Jeremy Stephens vs. Charles Oliveira and Joe Procter vs. Yancy Medeiros. With the seven additional fights and the title bout it would currently place the card at 11 bouts for the evening.
The Ultimate Fighter finale takes place on Friday, December 12 from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada.