The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale will be held on July 8, 2016, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is a part of UFC International Fight Week and is the middle event within a three-day cycle of events from the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The event is expected to be headlined by a UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship bout between current champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk and top contender Cláudia Gadelha.
The pair previously met at UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic in December 2014, with Jędrzejczyk winning via split decision.
Jędrzejczyk (11-0 MMA) won the women’s strawweight title following the split decision to Gadelha by earning a second round TKO over then champion Carla Esparza in a ‘Performance of the Night’ display. Since winning the title, Jędrzejczyk has defended the title twice against Jessica Penne (TKO win) and most recently against Valérie Létourneau (unanimous decision) at UFC 193.
Gadelha (13-1 MMA) has only competed once since the razor thin split decision loss to Jędrzejczyk at UFC on FOX 13. Gadelha put on a stunning striking display, dismantling former WSOF women’s strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro.
The two fights underneath the main event will contest the Ultimate Fighter season 23 winners from the men’s Light Heavyweight category and the women’s strawweight category.
The Ultimate Fighter Finale currently looks like this: (The card will be completed on Wednesday night following the conclusion of the Ultimate Fighter series)
Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs Cláudia Gadelha for the UFC women’s strawweight title
Andrew Sanchez vs TBD – Ultimate Fighter 23 Light Heavyweight Tournament Finale
Amanda Cooper vs TBD – Ultimate Fighter 23 Women’s Strawweight Tournament Finale
Ross Pearson vs. Will Brooks
Doo Ho Choi vs. Thiago Tavares
Joaquim Silva vs. Andrew Holbrook
Gray Maynard vs. Fernando Bruno
John Moraga vs. Matheus Nicolau
Cezar Ferreira vs. Anthony Smith
Jake Matthews vs. Kevin Lee
Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir