Pictured: Michael Chiesa.
After 12 episodes and 13 weeks of captivity, two men are left standing in season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 "Live," and they will meet at the Finale next Fri., June 1, 2012, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Finalist number one is Michael Chiesa, who won four fights to get to the finals: A first round rear-naked choke submission of Johnavan Vistante in the TUF entry fight, a unanimous decision over Jeremy Larsen, a technical knockout (TKO) in the sudden victory round over Justin Lawrence, and last night's second round TKO victory over James Vick.
But perhaps most impressive is that Chiesa did all this with the death of his father hanging over his head.
On the other side of the Octagon will be Al Iaquinta. The 25-year-old Serra-Longo Fight Team product took out Jon Tuck to get into the house before becoming Urijah Faber's top pick. He proceeded to upset early favorite Myles Jury before utterly destroying Andy Ogle.
Last night, he earned a hard fought decision over Vinc Pichel to advance to the finals.
The final is set, Maniacs. Chiesa vs. Iaquinta for the six-figure contract and coveted glass trophy. Who 'ya got?
After the jump, check out the complete TUF 15 Finale fight card, as it stands now. And for complete results from TUF 15 episode 12 click here.
Main Card (FX Channel):
155 lbs.: Michael Chiesa vs. Al Iaquinta
Preliminary Card (FUEL TV):
145 lbs.: Max Holloway vs. Pat Schilling
145 lbs.: Jonathan Brookins vs. Charles Oliveira
155 lbs.: Justin Lawrence vs. John Cofer
155 lbs.: Myles Jury vs. Chris Saunders
155 lbs.: Daron Cruickshank vs. Chris Tickle
155 lbs.: Cristiano Marcello vs. Sam Sicilia
155 lbs.: Jeremy Larsen vs. Joe Proctor
135 lbs.: John Albert vs. Erik Perez
For the latest TUF 15 Finale news and notes check out our complete event archive right here.