Three Fights Added to ‘TUF 19’ Finale

By C.J. Tuttle Jun 26, 2014
Robert Drysdale will return to the Octagon on July 6. | Photo:Andy Hemingway/Sherdog.com



Three new bouts have been added to “The Ultimate Fighter 19” Finale, rounding out the card to 10.

One Fighting Championship veteran Leandro Issa will take on Jumabieke Tuerxun in a bantamweight tilt, while the other two bouts feature Adriano Martins against Juan Manuel Puig and Robert Drysdale versus Keith Berish.

UFC officials on Thursday confirmed the matchups, which were originally reported by MMAJunkie.com.

The July 6 card, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, will air live on Fox Sports 1 and is headlined by a featherweight rematch between former lightweight champions Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn.

Issa once challenged for One FC’s 135-pound title, but since signing with UFC this past December, the Evolve MMA member lost his only outing to Russell Doane via submission at UFC Fight Night “Saffiedine vs. Lim.”

Tuerxun, on the other hand, held an undefeated record of 14-0 before joining Zuffa’s ranks. He too was handed a loss at UFC Fight Night “Saffiedine vs. Lim,” losing to Mark Eddiva via decision.

Lightweight Adriano Martins will be making his first appearance in the Octagon since eating a highlight-reel head kick from Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox “Henderson vs. Thomson.” Meanwhile, Puig is riding a six-fight winning streak, but hasn’t been in action since Jan 17, when he fought at Jungle Fight 64.

Rounding out the three new additions is a 205-pound pairing between two undefeated prospects. Drysdale, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, will look to upend Berish when the two meet during UFC’s “International Fight Week.” The Legacy Fighting Championship standout has won all six of his fights by way of submission, while Berish owns a victory over “TUF 19” semi-finalist Patrick Walsh.

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