Matt Mitrione is headed east for his next bout. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Three new bouts have been added to “The Ultimate Fighter: China” finale, including a heavyweight showdown pitting Matt Mitrione against Shawn Jordan.
The show takes place March 1 at CotaiArena in Macau and will serve to crown the inaugural winners of “TUF: China.” In addition, the event will feature a featherweight clash between Hatsu Hioki and Ivan Menjivar, as well as a lightweight contest between Kazuki Tokudome and Yui Chul Nam.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced the fights during UFC Fight Night 34, which took place Saturday at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and streamed live via UFC Fight Pass. The “TUF: China” finale will also air on the UFC’s new digital network and is headlined by a welterweight collision between John Hathaway and Dong Hyun Kim.
Mitrione, 35, has lost three of his last four fights, most recently submitting to a Brendan Schaub brabo choke on Sept. 21. Jordan, meanwhile, saw a two-fight winning streak snapped by Gabriel Gonzaga this past October, when “Napao” knocked him out in 93 seconds at UFC 166.
A former Sengoku champion, Hioki last competed on Aug. 28, when Darren Elkins handed the Japanese standout his third straight UFC defeat. In Menjivar, Hioki faces a 13-year pro coming off back-to-back losses, as “The Pride of El Salvador” suffered setbacks against Urijah Faber and Wilson Reis last year.
Tokudome, 26, had a three-fight surge stopped in his last outing, when he was outpointed by “TUF: Smashes” winner Norman Parke at UFC 162 this past July. Nam makes his Octagon foray as the inaugural Road FC lightweight champ, capturing the belt by besting Takasuke Kume in April and then defending it successfully in an immediate rematch on Oct. 12.