The 'Ultimate Fighter 2' Finals Are Set!
Joe Stevenson and Luke Cummo to Fight in Middleweight Finals
Brad Imes and Rashad Evans Do Battle in Heavyweight Finals
Ultimate Fighter Season 1 Champ Diego Sanchez
to Fight Nick Diaz in Main Event
Spike TV To Air Fights Live On Saturday, November 5 At 9:00PM
From Las Vegas
NEW YORK, Nov. 2 -- After twelve weeks, The Ultimate
Fighter 2 Finals are finally set. Joe "Daddy" Stevenson and Luke Cummo will
fight in the Welterweights Finals and Brad Imes and Rashad Evans will fight in
the Heavyweights Finals LIVE on Saturday, November 5 at 9:00pm ET/same day
tape/PT on Spike TV from The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las
Vegas. The winners will receive a multi-year, six-figure contract with the
Ultimate Fighting Championship(TM).
Diego "The Nightmare" Sanchez, crowned "The Ultimate Fighter" in the
Middleweight division in Season 1, fights emerging welterweight contender
Nick Diaz in the main event. Season 1 "Ultimate Fighter" middleweight finalist
Kenny Florian takes on former Muay Thai World Champion Kit Cope in the
Spike TV will air a 12-hour marathon from its hit series on Saturday,
November 5 from 9:00am-9:00pm featuring all 12 episodes from The Ultimate
The live finale is the culmination of the 13-week series featuring
eighteen men from across North America in a fierce battle for a six-figure
contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (TM) on The Ultimate Fighter.
ABOUT THE FINALISTS:
The Torrance, CA native and current Las Vegas resident was an all-state
wrestler at Silverado, High School just outside of Los Angeles. The
23 year-old has been competing in mixed martial arts since he was 16 and has a
current professional record of 28-6. He has held 5 MMA titles in various
weight-classes ranging from 155lbs to 205lbs. A former forklift operator, Joe
has two kids, Joey (4 years old) and Tyler (2 years old), and lives with his
girlfriend Maria who is a lawyer and female boxer.
On Episode 4, Joe took out Marcus Davis in the second welterweight
elimination fight by submission due to elbow strikes. Stevenson showed off his
jiu-jitsu skills on Episode 12 taking out Jason Von Flue with an arm-bar in
the first round.
The 25 year-old Taoist is from New Hyde Park, Long Island and is a
graduate of Chaminade High School. He graduated Nassau Community College with
a degree in Biology. He currently has a 6-1 professional MMA record and trains
with UFC contender Matt Serra. The Bruce Lee fan lists "Sin City" among his
On Episode 8 Luke defeated Anthony Torres by unanimous decision. On
Episode 10, Luke knocked out Sammy Morgan with a knee in the second round of a
The 6'7 Springfield, Mo. Native, who currently lives and trains in
Bettendorf, Iowa, has only been participating in MMA for the last nine months
and already has a 5-0 professional record. Brad played offensive tackle for
the University of Missouri and was a starter his senior year. He went on to
play professionally for the Arena Football League's Iowa Barnstormers. The
former Strength Coach for the University of Missouri and Texas Christian
University football teams, Brad is a loan officer in Sacramento. In his spare
time he is an outdoorsman and enjoys hunting.
Imes showed off some grappling skill on Episode 3 by defeating
Rob Mac Donald by triangle choke in the first heavyweight elimination fight.
On Episode 12 Brad defeated Seth Petruzelli by split decision in a grueling
The two-time All-State wrestler at Wheatfield High School in Niagara
Falls, New York was also a standout football player at running back and
safety. He attended Michigan State and wrestled in the 174lb division. Rashad
graduated with a degree in Psychology and currently works at a hospital in
Lansing, Michigan, where he lives and trains. Her currently has a professional
MMA record of 10-0.
Rashad defeated Tom Murphy in Episode 5, Mike Whitehead in Episode 9, and
Keith Jardine in Episode 11, all by unanimous decision.
Following is the full fight card for The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 finale:
Kerry Schall (19-6) vs Keith Jardine (9-2-1)
6'3"/265 lbs. 6'2"/220 lbs.
Cincinnati, OH Albuquerque, NM
Melvin Guillard (36-5-3) vs Marcus Davis (9-3)
5'9"/168 lbs. 5'10"/170 lbs.
Salt Lake City, UT Bangor, MN
Sam Morgan (16-6) vs Josh Burkman (15-2)
5'11"/170 lbs. 5'10"/170 lbs.
South Minneapolis, MN Salt Lake City, UT
Main Card - Live on Spike TV:
Kit Cope (2-2) vs Kenny Florian (5-2)
6'0"/170 lbs 5'10"/170 lbs.
Las Vegas, NV Boston, MA
Welterweight Final Bout
Luke Cummo (6-1) vs Joe Stevenson (28-6)
6'0"/170 lbs. 5'7"/170 lbs.
Long Island, NY Las Vegas, NV
Heavyweight Final Bout
Brad Imes (5-0) vs Rashad Evans (10-0)
6'7"/260 lbs. 5'11"/225 lbs.
Bettendorf, IA Lansing, MI
Nick Diaz (11-3-0) vs Diego Sanchez (15-0)
6'0"/170 lbs. 5'11"/170 lbs
Stockton, CA Albuquerque, NM
Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III,
Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White of Zuffa, LLC and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are
the show's executive producers. Brian J. Diamond is Vice President, Sports &
Specials, Spike TV and serves as Executive in Charge of Production for Spike
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