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The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale

The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale
  • Saturday 12.13.2008
  • U.S. Broadcast: Spike TV
  • Name: The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale
  • Also Known As: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir Finale
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: The Pearl at the Palms
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Joe Rogan
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $405,000
  • Attendance: 1,853 (Paid: 1,496)
  • TV Ratings: 1,900,000 viewers
  • Number of MMA Bouts: 10
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Fight Card

Honors & Awards

    Black on white 26x21
  • Knockout of the Night
    Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns II   |   $25,000 bonus to Johnson
  • Fight of the Night
    Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan   |   $25,000 bonus to each fighter
  • Submission of the Night
    Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Shane Primm   |   $25,000 bonus to Soszynski
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  • Steve Mazzagatti
    Escudero vs. Nover (10)Browning vs. Kaplan (6)
  • Herb Dean
    Bader vs. Magalhães (9)Soszynski vs. Primm (5)
  • Mario Yamasaki
    Johnson vs. Burns II (8)Marshall vs. Bruchez (4)Nelson vs. Roop (2)
  • Josh Rosenthal
    Gouveia vs. MacDonald (7)Lawlor vs. Kingsbury (3)Delgado vs. Polakowski (1)

The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale Wiki Update Wiki

Initially considered one of the weaker seasons in TUF history, The Ultimate Fighter 8 eventually gave the UFC some of its brightest young prospects, including Light Heavyweight Tournament Champion Ryan Bader and Lightweight Tournament Champion Efrain Escudero, both of whom dominated their competition during the live Finale.

One of the most interesting aspects of Season 8 was the “phenom” tag lightweight finalist Phillipe Nover was granted by the UFC brass heading into his showdown with Escudero, possibly in a last-ditch effort to generate fan interest in the Finale. Unfortunately for Nover, he lost his Finals match and was promptly cut from the UFC after losing his next two fights.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:58 PM ET
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