Press Release For Official TUF 5 Live Finale Card


David Schwarz sent along the following:

Sports Illustrated Jinx For Roger Huerta?

Lightweight Contender and SI Cover-boy Roger Huerta Battles Doug Evans to Open The Ultimate Finale 5 Finale Telecast on Spike TV

Saturday, June 23 At 9:00pm ET

Thales Leites and Floyd Sword Featured on Undercard

New York, NY — June 18, 2007 — UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta (19-1), featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on May 28, looks to avoid the legendary “Sports Illustrated cover jinx” when he steps in the Octagon on Saturday, June 23 at 9:00pm ET/PT on Spike TV against undefeated Alaskan lightweight Doug Evans (6-0). The fight, emanating from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV, will kick off Spike TV’s highly anticipated fight card featuring The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale of Manuel Gamburyan and Nate Diaz and the co-main event of The Ultimate Fighter 5 coaches and former UFC champions BJ Penn and Jens Pulver.

“El Matador” Roger Huerta, fighting out of Minneapolis, MN, is on a three-fight winning streak in the UFC and is poised for a run at the lightweight title. The 24-year old, regarded as one of the division’s most entertaining fighters, received international acclaim when Sports Illustrated made him the UFC’s first-ever fighter to grace the cover of the famous sports magazine. Huerta’s opponent, the 26-year old Evans, is a 7-time Alaska State Freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling champ and will look to showcase his “ground and pound” game.

Coming off a win over Pete Sell at UFC 69 in April, Thales Leites (10-1-0) looks to make it two in a row as he welcomes Floyd Sword (9-2-0) to the UFC. Leites, a 25-year old Brazilian middleweight, will aim to establish the “ground and pound” game that led him to a victory via unanimous decision in his fight over Sell, while Sword will look to counter with a mixture of strikes and submissions. Sword, a newcomer who trains out of New Mexico, carries a three fight winning streak into his UFC debut.

The undercard matches featuring mostly The Ultimate Fighter 5 competitors include:

Brandon Melendez vs. Joe Lauzon

Andy Wang vs. Cole Miller

Robert Emerson vs. Gray Maynard

Allen Berube vs Leonard Garcia (replacing the injured Corey Hill)

Brian Gehraty vs. Matt Wiman

Spike TV, the first network for men, is available in 91.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc.


Latest MMA News

Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal: ‘I Only Want The Highest-Ranked Dudes’

Jorge Masvidal is ready to dust himself off and move on to the next one. At UFC 211, Masvidal took on Demian Maia inside the...
Cris Cyborg

Cris Cyborg Releases Statement on Incident With Angela Magana

Things got physical between Cris Cyborg and Angela Magana at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Athlete Retreat. In a video released by Cage Pages, Cyborg...
Ryan Couture

Ryan Couture on Bellator 180 Bout: ‘I Don’t Think Size Will be a Big...

Ryan Couture doesn't believe size will play a huge factor in his bout at Bellator 180. On June 24, Couture will meet Haim Gozali inside Madison...
Yair Rodriguez

Yair Rodriguez on UFC 211 Loss: ‘I am Better Than That’

Yair Rodriguez has broken his silence over his one-sided loss to Frankie Edgar. Rodriguez competed against "The Answer" inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas,...
Glover Teixeira

Glover Teixeira on Alexander Gustafsson Bout: ‘It Will Probably Last All Rounds’

Glover Teixeira is preparing for a five-round war against Alexander Gustafsson. Teixeira will go one-on-one with Gustafsson this Sunday night (May 28) inside the Ericsson Globe...
Jessica Eye

Jessica Eye on TUF 25 Finale: ‘I’m Basically Fighting For my Job’

Jessica Eye knows her spot on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster is in jeopardy. Eye will battle Aspen Ladd inside the T-Mobile Arena in...
Michael Page

Michael Page Says He’s Lost a ‘Hell of a Lot of Respect’ For Paul...

Michael Page isn't fond of Paul Daley's actions after his Bellator 179 bout this past Friday night (May 19). Daley took on Rory MacDonald inside...
Al Iaquinta

Al Iaquinta on UFC Athlete Retreat: ‘I Felt Uncomfortable Being There’

Al Iaquinta still isn't chummy with the folks at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). When "Raging" announced his return to the Octagon, many thought he...
Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather: ‘I Look Forward to Signing my End of The Deal’ to Fight...

If Floyd Mayweather signs on the dotted line, he will get his super fight with Conor McGregor. Late last week, McGregor signed his portion of...

As Expected, Vitor Belfort Will Not Retire Following UFC 212

Yes, UFC 212 marks the final fight in the UFC career of former champion Vitor Belfort. But "The Phenom" is not walking away from competition...