5 Fights Added to TUF 11 Finale

By Brian Knapp Jun 10, 2010
Court McGee will meet Ultimate Warrior Challenge veteran Kris McCray in the middleweight final at “The Ultimate Fighter” 11 Finale on June 19 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Five previously unannounced bouts have been added to the event, according to Spike TV officials.

McGee lost a majority decision to Nick Ring in a first-round bout but received a reprieve from UFC President Dana White, who allowed him to replace an injured cast member. He capitalized.

McGee, 24, suffered his only loss to former UFC light heavyweight title contender Jeremy Horn. Based in Orem, Utah, the former plumber was once pronounced dead following a heroin overdose. He has rattled off two straight wins but has not officially competed since 2008, when he defeated World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Isidro Gonzalez. McGee also holds a 2007 submission victory over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 runner-up DaMarques Johnson.

Like McGee, McCray was given a second wind in the tournament following a first-round decision loss. He was one of two wild cards named by White and made the most of his opportunity.

McCray has finished all five of his opponents inside one round, the last three in less than a minute. Born to a military father, the 28-year-old was raised in Germany and ultimately spent time in the United States Army Reserves. Spawned by the Gold Medal Grappling camp in Woodbridge, Va., McCray last competed in November, when he submitted King of the Cage veteran Marcus Ajian in 45 seconds at a Ballroom Battleground show in Maryland.

Other bouts announced for “The Ultimate Fighter 11” Finale include Kyle Noke vs. Josh Bryant, Jamie Yager vs. Rich Attonito, Brad Tavares vs. Seth Baczynski and Chris Camozzi vs. James Hammortree.

A light heavyweight duel between Keith Jardine and Matt Hamill will headline “The Ultimate Fighter 11” Finale. Other bouts greenlit for the event include a middleweight match pairing Aaron Simpson with Chris Leben, a lightweight tilt pitting Spencer Fisher against Dennis Siver and a heavyweight clash between James McSweeney and UFC newcomer Travis Browne. In addition, International Fight League veteran John Gunderson will lock horns with Mark Holst.

The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale
Saturday, June 19
Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas

“The Ultimate Fighter 11” Middleweight Final
Court McGee vs. Kris McCray

Keith Jardine vs. Matt Hamill
Aaron Simpson vs. Chris Leben
Spencer Fisher vs. Dennis Siver
John Gunderson vs. Mark Holst
James McSweeney vs. Travis Browne
Josh Bryant vs. Kyle Noke
Jamie Yager vs. Rich Attonito
Brad Tavares vs. Seth Baczynski
Chris Camozzi vs. James Hammortree
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