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UFC TUF 24 Finale predictions: ‘Tournament of Champions’ Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ undercard preview, Pt. 1

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More fights are coming to Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sat., Dec. 3, 2016) when The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24: “Tournament of Champions” storms “The Pearl” inside Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off TUF 24 Finale’s “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series.

From conflict rises a challenger …

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24’s pool of champions has been winnowed down to one. The 125-pound conqueror, who will be revealed this Wednesday night (Nov. 30, 2016) on FOX Sports 1, will take on Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in the main event of the Finale event, which will emanate live from “The Pearl” inside Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, this weekend (Sat., Dec. 3, 2016).

In addition, TUF 24 coaches — and top-ranked 125-pound contenders Joseph Benavidez (No. 1) and Henry Cejudo (No. 2) will do battle in the co-main event, while Jorge Masvidal attempts to halt the resurgence of Jake Ellenberger in a fun Welterweight scrap.

Before all that, though, we’ve got half-dozen “Prelims” undercard matches, split 2:4 between Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1, to get through. Therefore, let’s start from the bottom up:

185 lbs.: Elvis Mutapcic vs. Anthony Smith

Elvis Mutapcic (15-4-1) earned and defended the MFC Middleweight title during the 7-1 stretch that led him to the Octagon, where he stepped up to Light Heavyweight in his short-notice debut and suffered a decision loss to Francimar Barroso. “The King” returned to 185 pounds in June, battling Kevin Casey to a split draw at UFC 199.

He will give up four inches of height to the 6’4″ Anthony Smith (25-12).

“Lionheart” scored seven consecutive victories to punch his return ticket to the world’s largest fighting organization nearly three years after his exit. Since rejoining, he has outstruck late ….View full article

Source:: mma mania