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One to Watch: Doo Ho Choi vs Thiago Tavares

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Last night was fun, wasn’t it? We have a new lightweight champion in Eddie Alvarez. Joe Duffy bounced back from a disappointing defeat to Dustin Poirier in emphatic fashion, submitting Canadian Mitch Clarke. Then there were the plethora of different submission wins throughout last night’s fight card.

Coupled with the news of light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier accepting the challenge of UFC stalwart Anderson Silva, last night’s fights were the perfect remedy for the lingering hangover caused by Jon Jones’ positive drug test.

As always, the UFC show must go on—and it is doing just that with tonight’s event for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. Sandwiched between last night’s show and the behemoth UFC 200 card, this event has been somewhat overlooked thanks to its billing as the TUF finale.

However, this TUF finale is different. Taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the main event will see UFC women’s strawweight champion and TUF coach Joanna Jedrzejczyk take on long-time rival and opposite coach Claudia Gadelha for the 115lbs title, while the card is littered with other fascinating match-ups including Ross Pearson vs. Will Brooks and Jake Matthews vs. Kevin Lee. That’s not even taking into account the fact there are two fights to determine the light heavyweight and women’s strawweight winners of this season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The fight between “The Korean Superboy” Doo Ho Choi and Thiago Tavares is another stand-out pairing on the night. Powerful striker versus third-degree Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt. New breed versus old guard. This fight has all the hallmarks of being the spectacle deserving of featuring the UFC’s much-vaunted international fight week.

Since signing for the UFC in November 2013, Choi has only fought twice in the Octagon and earned knockout wins of both his opponents so far. Boasting a ….View full article

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