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Check out our full "Fight Day" preview for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale: "Jedrzejczyk vs. Gadelha 2," which takes place tonight (Fri., July 8, 2016) live on FOX Sports 1 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring a Strawweight title fight pitting bitter rivals Joanna Jedrzejczyk against Claudia Gadelha.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the second evening in a row as The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 23 Finale: "Jedrzejczyk vs. Gadelha 2" event goes down live tonight (Fri., July 8, 2016) on FOX Sports 1.

Catch all the action LIVE with a main card start time of 10 p.m ET (for up-to-date TUF 23 Finale results click here).

Below is everything you need to know to stay on top of TUF 23 Finale in "Sin City."

Who: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha
What: TUF 23 Finale
When: Fri., July 8, 2016, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass
Where: MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada
How To Watch: FOX Sports 1 main card at 10 p.m ET; FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" undercard at 8 p.m ET
Live TUF 23 Finale results: Play-by-play coverage stream right here

Why It Matters: Don't let the event name fool you, as the newly crowned TUF winners will take a back seat tonight to the highly anticipated Women's Strawweight Championship bout.

In a rematch nearly two years in the making, Claudia Gadelha will get her first shot at UFC gold, and her second opportunity to take out the reigning champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

In their last bout, Jedrzejczyk narrowly defeated Gadelha via split decision in a 15-minute war to determine the No. 1 Women's Strawweight contender. While the decision was hardly a robbery, many believed the Brazilian had done enough to earn the victory that evening.

Fast forward to tonight's main event, and Jedrzejczyk is now one of UFC's blossoming stars, proving to be a truly dominant champion in two title defenses.

Gadelha has been hardly as active as her rival, winning merely one fight since her lost to Jedrzejczyk back in December 2014.

Still, it is clear Gadelha and Jedrzejczyk are the two best Strawweights in the world, and they should put forth a thrilling main event in Las Vegas tonight.

With both women harboring major animosity toward each other, which reached a boiling point over the 23rd season of TUF as opposing coaches, this fight is as anticipated as it can get in the 115 pound division.

What's Hot: Former Bellator Lightweight champ Will Brooks will make his highly anticipated UFC debut tonight against longtime veteran and gatekeeper Ross Pearson.

"Ill" Will had an extremely impressive tenure over in Bellator, going 9-1 in just about three years of action.

Brooks fought in four title fights before leaving the promotion, winning each in dominant fashion.

Still, Brooks' dream was to fight inside the Octagon, and he has a chance to prove his doubters wrong this evening.

Pearson is certainly no easy out, but if Brooks is able to make a statement inside the MGM Grand, the top tier Lightweights on the roster have yet another surging contender to watch out for.

What's Not: Does anybody still care about TUF?

Most fight fans are well aware of the importance TUF had early on, but over the last several years, the tired and prolonged format has led to increasingly boring seasons, mediocre fighters, and not too much to get excited for.

As if that wasn't bad enough, having the coaches sit on the sidelines for the taping and airing of the show is simply brutal.

Both Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha were fit to fight months ago, but their rematch was forced to the backburner due to TUF.

The truth is, very few elite fighters have come out of TUF in the last several seasons, and interest in the reality show has dropped off significantly.

Regardless, don't expect the current UFC brass to cut the cord anytime soon.

Maybe the new bosses will?

New Blood:

Will Brooks (vs. Ross Pearson): A former Bellator Champion, Will Brooks will come into the Octagon boasting an 18-1 record, featuring 10 finishes. "Ill" Will expects to contend for UFC gold in the near future, so he must get past his first test in Ross Pearson in impressive fashion.

Andrew Sanchez vs. Khalil Rountree: A new Light Heavyweight Ultimate Fighter will be crowned tonight when RFA veterans Andrew Sanchez and Khalil Rountree go to war in the co-main event of the evening. Sanchez was impressive on TUF, earning a violent knockout in the semi-finals to earn his shot inside the Octagon. Rountree, however, was the beneficiary of an injury to Cory Hendricks -- who defeated Rountree in the elimination round -- which allowed him to jump back into the tournament and seize this opportunity tonight.

Amanda Cooper vs. Tatiana Suarez: In an all Team Gadelha final, Amanda Cooper will battle Tatiana Suarez with the winner earning the TUF crown in the Women's Strawweight division. Suarez is the real prospect here, as the undefeated fighter earned two submission wins on the show. Cooper, who is 1-1 in her professional career, has a wealth of experience as an amateur, which could help her achieve glory this evening.

Original Card vs Actual Card:

The changes to the TUF 23 Finale were minimal, and many would argue that the currently scheduled fights are even better than what was initially planned by UFC matchmakers.

Will Brooks got his opportunity to step into his UFC debut on short notice when James Krause bowed out of his fight against Ross Pearson due to injury.

Cezar Ferreira also got a short notice call from UFC brass, and he jumped on the opportunity to replace an injured Scott Askham against Anthony Smith.

When Stevie Ray allegedly ran into visa issues for the Vegas event, Kevin Lee got the short notice call to take on rising prospect Jake Matthews.

How The "Prelims" Look: Nothing special.

In a stacked weekend of fights, the TUF 23 Finale's "Prelims" offer slim pickings.

Outside of the UFC Fight Pass main event that pits rising up and coming Lightweights Kevin Lee and Jake Matthews against each other, I find it difficult to detail any fight that is "must watch material."

Gray Maynard -- yes, that Gray Maynard -- is headlining the "Prelims" on FOX Sports 1, so I guess that counts for something, right?

Interest Level: 6/10

For a TUF Finale, this event is about as good as it gets.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha is a legitimately outstanding title fight, and the bad blood between the two only intensifies the anticipation.

Thankfully, UFC brass didn't phone it in after the main event, as fight fans will also be treated to the debut of former Bellator champ Will Brooks, the return of prospects like Jake Matthews, Kevin Lee, Doo Ho Choi, and Andrew Holbrook, as well as the crowning of two new Ultimate Fighters.

The TUF 23 Finale should be a sublime appetizer to UFC 200 tomorrow.

Check out the full TUF 23 Finale card right here:

FOX Sports 1 Main Event:

115 lbs.: UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha

FOX Sports 1-UFC Fight Pass Undercard And Prelims:

115 lbs.: Amanda Cooper vs. Tatiana Suarez (TUF 23 Strawweight Final)
205 lbs.: Andrew Sanchez vs. Khalil Rountree (TUF 23 Light Heavyweight Final)
185 lbs.: Cezar Ferreira vs. Anthony Smith
125 lbs.: John Moraga vs. Matheus Nicolau
205 lbs.: Joshua Stansbury vs. Cory Hendricks
155 lbs.: James Krause vs. Ross Pearson
170 lbs.: Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir
155 lbs.: Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray
145 lbs.: Gray Maynard vs. Fernando Bruno
155 lbs.: Will Brooks vs. Ross Pearson

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire TUF 23 Finale fight card on fight day (click here), starting with the FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" bouts at 8 p.m. ET before moving on to the main card line up at 10 p.m. ET.

See you then!