Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hits its home base of Las Vegas, Nevada, to wrap up yet another season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show at Mandalay Bay Events Center this Saturday night (April 13, 2013).
TUF 17 Finale will feature a significant Bantamweight main event match up as former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) champion Urijah Faber makes a quick turnaround from his UFC 157 victory over Ivan Menjivar in February to do battle with fellow contender Scott Jorgensen.
Also on the card, the second-ever women's UFC fight will take place as Miesha Tate faces Cat Zingano, while Uriah Hall meets Kelvin Gastelum to determine who walks away with the TUF 17 middleweight crown.
With the event just days away, let's take a few minutes to review some event-related facts about TUF 17 Finale.
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- Faber competes for the second time in a 49-day span after earning a first-round submission of Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157 on Feb. 23, 2013.
- The winner of Tate vs. Zingano will coach opposite women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey on TUF 18 and fight "Rowdy" for the title at the conclusion of the season.
- Gabriel Gonzaga fights in the UFC for the fifteenth time in his career, the third most fights of any heavyweight in history behind Frank Mir (20) and Cheick Kongo (17).
- Hall or Gastelum will become the 28th winner of UFC's TUF "reality" franchise.
- Faber has not finished opponents in back-to-back fights since 2007.
- Travis Browne enters TUF 17 Finale off a first-round technical knockout defeat to Antonio Silva at UFC on FX 5, the first loss of his 15-fight career.
- Cole Miller has finished his opponent in six of his seven UFC victories.
- Tate makes her UFC debut after going 6-2 under the Strikeforce banner and holding the organization's bantamweight title.
- Gastelum vs. Hall is the eleventh teammate vs. teammate final in TUF history.
- Faber has never won two fights in a row under the UFC banner. He is 3-2 in his UFC career to date.
- According to FightMetric, Jorgensen has the third shortest average fight time in UFC bantamweight history at nine minutes and 38 seconds.
- Gastelum, 21, can become the youngest TUF winner ever.
- Bristol Marunde fights professionally for the first time since a submission loss to Ronaldo Souza under the Strikeforce banner in March 2012.
- Browne and Gonzaga hold a combined 13 career UFC wins; however, they only own a combined two wins over fighters currently signed to the UFC roster (Stefan Struve, Ben Rothwell).
- Bart Palaszewski and his opponent Cole Miller are both is 1-3 in their past four UFC fights and 0-2 in their last two fights in the featherweight division.
- Faber is undefeated (6-0) in his last six non-title fights and is winless (0-5) in last five title fights. He has not won a five-round bout since defeating Jens Pulver at WEC 34 in June 2008.
- Daniel Pineda has finished his opponent in all 17 of his career victories.
- All seven of Cat Zingano's career wins come via different methods.
- Faber has not won a fight with strikes since a technical knockout of Bibiano Fernandes in Oct. 2006.
- Gonzaga has never won a decision in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, while his opponent Browne has never lost a decision in his MMA career.
- Justin Lawrence and Pineda both enter the event on the heels of their first career knockout loss.
- Gastelum vs. Hall is the fifth (of 27) TUF finals where both men finished all of their opponents to reach the Finale.
- Faber owns 15 career submission victories and 14 of them are by rear-naked or guillotine choke. He hasn't been submitted in his 33-fight MMA career.
- Of a combined 27 MMA victories, Gonzaga and Browne have earned a (technical) knockout or submission in 25 fights.
- Eight of the 13 non-TUF competitors on the card are coming off one or more losses in a row.
- Tate vs. Zingano is the second-ever female fight in UFC history (Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 was the first).
- Hall's two career defeats come to top-five UFC middleweights Chris Weidman and Constantinos Philippou.
- Gonzaga enters TUF 17 Finale on his first three-fight win-streak since 2004.
That's a wrap for this set of UFC facts.
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