TUF 13 Finale Weigh-ins at the Palms Hotel on June 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)TUF 13 Finale: Weigh-in Photo Gallery.

The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale Main Fight Card Preview

SB Nation MMA offers fight analysis for the main events of tonight's The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale including Clay Guida vs. Anthony Pettis, Tony Ferguson vs. Ramsey Nijem, Kyle Kingsbury vs. Fabio Maldonado, Tim Credeur vs. Ed Herman and Chris Cope vs. Chuck O'Neil.

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TUF 13 Finale Fight Card: Ramsey Nijem Vs. Tony Ferguson Preview

The main event tonight at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale is a welterweight bout between Team dos Santos finalist Ramsey Nijem and Team Lesnar finalist Anthony Ferguson. Both fighters were clearly the most dominant of their teams and easily ran through the competition. Bloody Elbow examines Tony Ferguson:

A walk through Ferguson's record shows some encouraging aspects. In his wins, he's finished every opponent by TKO (6) or submission (3) except one. He has an impressive win over Dave "Hello Japan" Gardner, who, despite the less than favorable rep from his nickname, is actually a decent fighter with wins over Ryan Schultz and Rich Clementi.

Ferguson also defeated James Fanshier, who is a former King of the Cage welterweight champion and Gladiator Challenge welter- and middleweight champion. Fanshier is a gifted striker who represented Team USA in Sanshou at the 7th World Games in China and was also the national light-heavyweight IKF Sanshou champion in 2000. Former WEC fighter Karen Darabedyan and Jorge Gurgel submissionist Jamie Toney account for Ferguson's two losses.

And Ramsey Nijem? They take a look at him as well:

Ramsey Nijem bypassed amateur MMA and started off in 2008 at the pro-level, winning his debut, but then disappearing for a year and a half. His return bout after the layoff was lost by submission, but Nijem tallied three wins a row leading up to the show.

The Palestinian-American trains with Josh Burkman and Court McGee, and was an accomplished wrestler in high school, moving on to the D1 University of Utah Valley to wrestle there as well. Ferguson was also a three-time All State wrestler in high school and later joined Grand Valley State University's wrestling team, a D2 school known for their strong athletics program. Both fighters have one loss by submission, though Ferguson has an additional loss by decision.

So who is going to win?

This fight hinges on the performance of Anthony Ferguson. He is, generally speaking, the more talented fighter. He's got far more ways to win, possess a wider arsenal of offensive attacks in more dimensions of the game and is more fundamentally sound. However, despite the fact that Ferguson has a ton of explosive power, he is a slow starter. If he allows Ramsey to set the tone early, force Ferguson into the cage and have him counterfight for minute after minute, he'll be in trouble. In that instance, none of Ferguson's skills get the opportunity to shine.

By contrast, is he stuff shots, uses movement, creates angles and is active from the first bell to the last, he has too many fight-ending skills for Nijem to hang on for very long.

Close contest, but I'll give Ferguson the nod in what should be a very, very close fight.

By the way, Tony Ferguson blogged his way through the season on SB Nation MMA. Catch up on every single one.


TUF 13 Finale Preview: Clay Guida Vs. Anthony Pettis

The co-main event of the night at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale is a lightweight tilt between Anthony Pettis and Clay Guida. This fight makes Pettis' UFC debut while Guida is coming in off a win over Takanori Gomi at UFC 125. Both are highly-regarded fighters, but Guida exemplifies a more blue collar, meat and potatoes style of attack. Pettis, by contrast, is exceptionally well-rounded and prepared to fight in every dimension of the game. Bloody Elbow explains the essentials of this match-up:

The obvious disparity between these two fighters is in the skills they possess. Guida, for all the success he's had on the balance sheet due to his exciting, relentless style of fighting, is far from a consummate fighter. His striking remains one of his major weaknesses, although I will say that it has actually improved in the last few fights. He's made the improvements to utilize submissions in combination with his grinding style of wrestling, something that he could have benefited from greatly a number of years ago. But the past is the past, and it's refreshing to see Guida make the changes to his game to finish his opponents.

Pettis, on the other hand, is much more well-rounded. He possesses a sharp, diverse stand-up game that has been honed by Duke Roufus, and his ground game is good enough to threaten mid-to-upper level wrestlers and grapplers looking to neutralize his offense on the feet. At 24 years of age, Pettis will be one of the key figures at the top of the division for years to come. He's that good at this point in his career, and time will only improve him.

History states that Guida's key to victory is a high pace and an endless gas tank. He doesn't have the striking ability to compete with Pettis, and I'm of the belief that he'll be waxed in the striking department if he tries to stand toe-to-toe with Pettis for a prolonged period of time. The threat of constant pressure and takedowns could affect how Pettis goes about his business on the feet, but he's proven his ability to transition to a defensive stance quickly.

Pettis went so far as to state he took this fight because he believes he's better everywhere. I'm not entirely certain he's wrong and we won't know for sure until his back is against the cage fending off Guida's incessant attempts. For Pettis to truly win, he'll need to be able to transition between dimensions of the game rapidly and flawlessly. As soon as he stuffs a takedown he needs to create an angle and strike, for example. That's the key to stopping Guida. Once you let him settle into his type of game where the opponent is counterfighting, that's usually too much.

My prediction? I like Pettis here to prove he's incredibly elite.


The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale Main Fight Card Preview

Throughout the afternoon and before tonight's The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, SB Nation MMA will be bringing you a fight-by-fight breakdown of the main card airing on Spike TV. In the main event, welterweight and season 13 finalists Ramsey Nijem from Team dos Santos takes on Anthony Ferguson of Team Lesnar to claim winner of this season of Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter'. In the co-main event, lightweights Anthony Pettis and Clay Guida will battle to get one step closer to a UFC title shot. Also appearing on the main card are UFC veterans Ed Herman and Tim Credeur plus Chris Cope and Chuck O'Neil, two season 13 cast members.

For more analysis of these fights and tonight's events, follow me on Twitter: @MMANation.

Here's the full main fight card airing tonight on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET:

Clay Guida vs. Anthony Pettis
Tony Ferguson vs. Ramsey Nijem
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Fabio Maldonado
Tim Credeur vs. Ed Herman
Chris Cope vs. Chuck O'Neil

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