Sean O'Connell vs Ryan Jimmo booked for TUF Nations Finale with Steve Bosse hurt

Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

Nearly six years after coming up short in his shot at the big time, Sean O'Connell gets another crack at UFC superstardom.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) newcomer Steve Bosse will put his Octagon debut on hold after getting injured, giving fellow debutant Sean O'Connell the opportunity to step in and challenge Ryan Jimmo at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" live finale, which takes place on April 16, 2014 inside Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada, on FOX Sports 1.

UFC announced the re-worked light heavyweight booking on Monday.

O'Connell (15-4) enters the promotion on the strength of a six-fight winning streak, primarily under the Showdown Fights banner in Utah. Longtime fans may remember his short-lived stint on TUF 8, where he was bounced from the competition by Shane Primm (fight recap here).

Now he's got a second chance to make a first impression.

Jimmo (18-3) was a "Big Deal" under Canada's Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) banner in the early part of his career; however, the Halifax hurter is just 2-2 since transitioning to UFC in July 2012 and is coming off a recent loss to Jimi Manuwa.

Failing to gain any momentum -- then losing to a newcomer -- could put him on the proverbial chopping block.

TUF: "Nations" finale will be headlined by the Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy grudge match, as well as the co-headliner between season coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke. In addition, tournament champions will be crowned in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.

For the current TUF: "Nations" fight card and rumors click here.

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