With the completion of the regular broadcast season of the 20th installment of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the lineup for Friday’s TUF 20 Finale is complete.
Carla Esparza (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet Rose Namajunas (2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) for the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight title in the main event. The women they topped to reach the final on the regular season-ending episode of the show Wednesday night, Randa Markos (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Jessica Penne (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), will face each other to open the main card.
The fights were made official by the UFC following the episode, which aired on FOX Sports 1.
The TUF 20 Finale takes place at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Esparza was the top seed on the show, which featured 16 115-pound women in the first all-female season of the series. Before coming to the UFC by way of “TUF 20,” she fought for Bellator and most recently Invicta, where she went 3-0 and won the promotion’s strawweight title against Bec Rawlings, who also fought on the show. On the show, Esparza submitted Angela Hill, took a majority decision from Tecia Torres and a unanimous decision from Jessica Penne in the semifinal.
Namajunas finished all three of her opponents on “TUF 20″ by submission. She stopped Alex Chambers with a first-round rear-naked choke in the opening round. Then she caught Joanne Calderwood with a kimura in the quarterfinals. Then she submitted Markos with a kimura, as well, to reach the title fight against Esparza. Before her “TUF 20″ stint, Namajunas went 2-1 for Invicta.
With the additions, the final TUF 20 Finale lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas – for inaugural strawweight title
Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens
Daron Cruickshank vs. K.J. Noons
Yancy Medeiros vs. Joe Proctor
Randa Markos vs. Jessica Penne
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Felice Herrig vs. Lisa Ellis
Heather Jo Clark vs. Bec Rawlings
Joanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham
Angela Magana vs. Tecia Torres
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Alex Chambers vs. Aisling Daly
Angela Hill vs. Emily Kagan