UFC TUF 17 Finale: Urijah Faber (-450) vs. Scott Jorgensen (+360)
The main event of the TUF 17 Finale is a five-round bantamweight bout between top contenders Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen that should prove to be very entertaining.
Faber (27-6) is one of the best bantamweight fighters in the world today. The former WEC featherweight champion dropped down to bantamweight after his loss to Jose Aldo back at WEC 48 and has since gone 4-2 overall.
The 33-year-old California native is an extremely dangerous fighter in all facets of the game. He’s a strong wrestler, has cardio for days, has incredible submission skills, and he even has a little bit of power. Hungry and motivated to make another run at the title, expect Faber to come into this fight in peak condition and aiming for an impressive finish that shows UFC president Dana White how bad he wants to be a UFC champion.
Jorgensen (14-6) is coming off of a duel award-winning performance, winning “Submission of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” honors for his bout against John Albert at UFC on FOX 5, a fight which he won via submission at 4:59 of the first round.
The 30 year old is a very solid fighter but his wrestling is his best attribute. Jorgensen, who has a notable win over Brad Pickett, believes he’s one of the top bantamweight contenders in the world and that he can still be a world champion one day. However, every time Jorgensen has stepped up in competition in his career (expect for Pickett) he’s lost, so he definitely needs to defeat Faber this weekend if he’s ever going to make another run at the title.
This really is Faber’s fight to lose. He’s just a little bit better than Jorgensen in most facets of the sport. Although Jorgensen is definitely a very capable bantamweight, he’s a smaller 135-pounder and Faber is on the bigger end of that scale. And when the skills are so close, the size difference often plays a factor. Look for Faber to bully Jorgensen around a bit, get him to the ground and eventually sink in a fight-ending submission.
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