Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be back on your television screen for free, as the WME-IMG-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion presents The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 Finale later tonight (Sat., Dec. 3, 2016) from "The Pearl" inside Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining the event is a Flyweight title bout between division champion Demetrious Johnson against Tim Elliott, who earned the opportunity to challenge "Mighty Mouse" after winning TUF 24's "Tournament of Champions." Also, top-ranked 125-pound contenders Joseph Benavidez (No. 1) and Henry Cejudo (No. 2) will duke it out in the co-main event, while Jorge Masvidal faces Jake Ellenberger in Welterweight action.
What UFC fight is on tonight? The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 Finale
Who is fighting tonight at TUF 24 Finale? Demetrious Johnson vs. Tim Elliott is the FOX Sports 1-televised main event
When does TUF 24 Finale start: Tonight (Sat., Dec. 3 2016), beginning at 7 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass
Where will TUF 24 Finale take place? Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada
How can I watch TUF 24 Finale? Main card start time at 10 p.m ET. FS1; "Prelims" undercard start time at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1; and UFC Fight Pass early "Prelims" start time at 7 p.m. ET.
Where can I get live TUF 24 Finale updates and results tonight? Live TUF 24 Finale play-by-play coverage is right here!
Since Demetrious Johnson has pretty much taken out all the top contenders at 125 pounds, UFC decided that rounding up all of the champions in other organizations at Flyweight, pitting them against each other in a tournament for a shot at dethroning "Mighty Mouse" was the only viable option. While that may have hurt the feelings of some of the current Flyweights under UFC control who have yet to get their shot at Johnson, it was a very nice idea. In the end, however, the winner ended up being an ex-UFC fighter who didn't have such a hot run with the promotion, going 2-4 while losing his last three inside the Octagon before getting cut. Nevertheless, Elliott has won three straight and is the reigning Titan FC champion. Whether or not he can repeat what Matt Serra did to Georges St- Pierre back in 2007 remains to be seen. It's a tremendous long shot.
The only downside could be that since we only found out a few days ago who was going to face "Mighty Mouse" in the headlining bout, the promotion didn't have a whole lot of time to hype the title fight. But, would it have mattered?
Original Card vs. Actual Card:
Jake Collier was set to face Josh Stansbury, but he pulled out of the fight after suffering an unfortunate injury and was subsequently replaced by Devin Clark. Also, Alejandro Perez was forced out of his fight with Rob Font with an injury of his own and was replaced by TUF 24 participant Matt Schnell.
Other than Collier and Perez getting scratched from the event, there weren't any other major injuries that shook up the FOX Sports 1 card. Hallelujah!
Matt Schnell -- though a participant on this season of TUF -- will make his official Octagon debut at the event. Jamie Moyel will make the jump up from Invicta FC to face Kailin Curran in her first-ever UFC effort, too.
How The "Prelims" Look:
Gray Maynard seems like he's breaking out of his funk, getting back on the winning track in his last outing against Fernando Bruno, ending the bleeding of a four-fight skid. It will be interesting to see if the former Lightweight title contender can string together his first consecutive wins since 2010. Also, Dong Hyun Kim looks to make it three straight as he takes on Brendan O'Reilly, while Curran looks to get back in the win column as she welcomes Moyle to UFC.
Interest Level: 7/10
It's not a bad card, actually. Aside from the main- and co-main event bouts, the 170-pound match up between Jorge Masvidal and Jake Ellenberger has all the makings of a potential "Fight of the Night" winner. Plus, it's not everyday we get a title fight for free, so I'm eager to see if Elliott can shock the world like "The Terror" did almost a decade ago or if Johnson will prove once again the reason(s) he's the best pound-for-pound fighter on Earth. Meanwhile, it seems as if Cejudo and Benavidez really don't like each other, and there is no better way than to let out all that aggression and animosity than to partake in some good old fashioned face-punching
Full TUF 24 Finale Fight Card:
FOX Sports 1 Main Event:
125 lbs.: UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson vs. Tim Elliot
FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
125 lbs.: Joseph Benavidez vs. Henry Cejudo
170 lbs.: Jake Ellenberger vs. Jorge Masvidal
205 lbs.: Jared Cannonier vs. Ion Cutelaba
135 lbs.: Alexis Davis vs. Sara McMann
125 lbs.: Ryan Benoit vs. Brandon Moreno
FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" (8 p.m. ET):
145 lbs.: Ryan Hall vs. Gray Maynard
135 lbs.: Rob Font vs. Matt Schnell
115 lbs.: Kailin Curran vs. Jamie Moyle
205 lbs.: Devin Clark vs. Josh Stansbury
UFC Fight Pass "Prelims" (7 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Elvis Mutapcic vs. Anthony Smith
155 lbs.: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Brendan O'Reilly
For much more on this season of TUF click here.