This Saturday night (April 13, 2013), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will host an event in Las Vegas, Nevada, for just the second time this year as The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale will come to a conclusion at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fan-favorite "The California Kid" Urijah Faber returns to the Octagon in the main event of the evening to face off against friend -- and fellow bantamweight contender -- Scott Jorgensen in a contest scheduled for five rounds.
Along with the headlining bout of Faber vs. Jorgensen, top women's bantamweight contenders Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano will make their UFC debuts, while Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum will face off in the TUF 17 middleweight finals.
There are several interesting storylines to follow going into and coming out of the event, but only four can make this "burning" list.
That being said, here are four burning questions going into The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale this weekend in "Sin City":
4. How Many TUF 17 Cast Members Are UFC Caliber?
As the season progresses and members of the reality show become more and more well known to the FX audience, questions come to surface about which fighters on TUF 17 are truly UFC caliber, and which were simply brought in to give personality to the house.
With every passing season, the percentage of fighters receiving UFC contracts has fallen dramatically. There are still five members of season one competing for the organization, six from season 5, and only three from seasons 10 and 13.
Due to the fact the UFC already has too many fighters on its roster, it is likely only the most exceptional talent from the show will be offered another fight after the finale.
It could simply come down to limited roster spots, but the UFC has certainly been more selective in who they hand out contracts too after recent seasons.
There will be 11 of 14 members from TUF 17 cast competing on this Saturday's finale. We know at least one will receive a six-figure UFC contracts, as for the rest; fight night performances will decide their future.
3. Which Woman Can Take Advantage Of A Career-Changing Opportunity?
The stakes for Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano couldn't be clearer on Saturday night.
The woman who emerges victorious from the UFC's second-ever female bout will not only get the chance to face reigning UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey for the title later this year, but before that will join "Rowdy" as one half of the first female set of coaches ever on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show.
The importance of the opportunity at hand for Tate and Zingano cannot be understated.
While many believe TUF as a series is past its expiration date, The Ultimate Fighter 18 will be a revolutionary season of the show with female coaches leading both male and female competitors.
There's going to be tons of eyes on each episode of the show and for a lesser-known fighter such as Tate or Zingano, that level of exposure can change a career in the blink of an eye.
It's not often so much will be on the line for two fighters entering the Octagon for the first time, but that's exactly the situation at hand when these two talented ladies face off.
2. Will Gabriel Gonzaga Continue His Career Resurgence?
It wasn't all that long ago when Gabriel Gonzaga was sitting comfortably in the confines of retirement after a UFC career that fighters across the globe would be envious of.
After knocking out Mirko Filipovic in one of the greatest upsets in UFC history, challenging for the heavyweight title and racking up some solid wins inside the Octagon, Gonzaga's decision to retire in late 2010 after a string of three defeats in four fights made sense to most.
What made less sense is when "Napao" decided to strap the gloves back on in late 2011 and make a return to the UFC in January 2012. The Brazilian faced the overmatched Ednaldo Oliveira in his return bout to get his career back on track and most recently submitted Ben Rothwell in one of the best performances of his 14-fight UFC career.
Riding his first three-fight win-streak since 2007, the 33-year-old will face top heavyweight Travis Browne in one of the featured bouts on The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale fight card.
Browne is a handful for anyone and this fight will determine if Gonzaga is really back as a threat in the division or not.
1. Can Scott Jorgensen Get Over The Hump?
Take nothing away from Scott Jorgensen. He is hands down one of the best bantamweight fighters in the world and has been for some time now, but from the way his career has gone thus far he will go down as a good fighter who was never able to be great even when given the opportunities.
Take one glance at Jorgensen's resume and it's not hard to see that when he faces the best of the best things simply don't go his way. Losses to Dominick Cruz, Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland stand out and are absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, but if "Young Guns" wants to be considered one of the best of all time he needs to get over that hump and defeat a championship caliber fighter.
They don't come any more championship caliber than Jorgensen's opponent this Saturday night Urijah Faber, a fighter who held the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight title and has twice competed for UFC gold.
So here he is. Back in a position to once again elevated himself among the elite of the weight class. Faber has only lost to world champions and there is a reason for that; he is and has long been considered one of the best in the world.
Fighters only get so many chances to take that next step. Jorgensen has failed before and will on Saturday he will have the chance to avoid failing again.
Tune in to The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale this Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, only on FX to find out all the answers to these questions and more.