Having only recently received its headliner, the Ultimate Fighter China Finale is already being fleshed out.
UFC officials announced Matt Mitrione versus Shawn Jordan, Hatsu Hioki versus Ivan Menjivar, and Yui Chul Nam versus Kazuki Tokudome at a special press conference before the UFC Singapore card began.
Heavyweights Matt Mitrione and Shawn Jordan will look to rebound from tough losses in each of their last bouts. Mitrione will look to impress after a disappointing performance against fellow TUF 10 cast mate Brendan Schaub. After months of trash talk between the two, Schaub quickly took Mitrione down in the bout and submitted him with a slick d’arce choke in the first round. Before the loss to Schaub, Mitrione was 6-2 in the UFC with wins over Phil De Fries, Christian Morecraft, Tim Hague, Joey Beltran, Kimbo Slice, and Marcus Jones. His opponent Shawn Jordan quickly made an impact in the UFC knockout out Oli Thompson in his debut. Jordan’s sophomore effort was a lackluster loss to gatekeeper Cheick Kongo. After the loss to Kongo, Jordan seemed to turn a corner in his career posting back to back knockouts of Mike Russow and Pat Barry before being knocked out by Gabriel Gonzaga.
Ivan “The Pride of El Salvador” Menjivar will return to the featherweight division after a three-year run at bantamweight which provided mixed results. Menjivar opened his UFC career on a 3-0 run before dropping three of his last four bouts to the likes of Wilson Reis, Urijah Faber, and Mike Easton. Japanese MMA legend Hatsu Hioki also started his UFC career on the right foot posting two straight wins over George Roop and Bart Palaszewski. Since then Hioki has dropped three straight in lackluster bouts against Ricardo Lamas, Clay Guida, and Darren Elkins. The loser of this bout will likely be released from the promotion.
Rounding out the list of fights announced is a lightweight bout between Kazuki Tokudome and Yui Chul Nam. Tokudome is 1-1 in his UFC career most recently losing a hard fought decision to TUF Smashes Winner Norman Parke. His opponent Yui Chul Nam is making his UFC debut after amassing a 17-4 record.
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