Pre-fight Data–The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale
On December 3rd, 2016, the 24th season of the Ultimate Fighter concludes at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The stakes are high, as Ultimate Fighter winner Tim Elliott has been granted an opportunity to challenge the most dominant champion on the UFC roster. Let us take a look at the data collected before the event.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Tim Elliott
Not since Matt Serra challenged George St-Pierre in 2007, has a winner of an Ultimate Fighter season been granted a title shot against an active UFC champion. Tim Elliott won the 16 man tournament, and will now challenge the UFC’s pound for pound #1 fighter for the UFC Flyweight Championship. Just like Matt Serra was in 2007, Tim Elliott is a massive underdog headed into his title fight with Demetrious Johnson.
On Verdict, 92% of the platform predicts that Demetrious Johnson will defeat Tim Elliott. In 2007, Matt Serra was an 11–1 underdog against Georges St-Pierre. He defeated St-Pierre at UFC 69 for the Welterweight title, and proved that anything is possible in mixed martial arts. Tim Elliott gets his opportunity on Saturday.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Henry Cejudo
In a battle between two former title challengers, Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo will compete to be one step closer at another opportunity for the UFC Flyweight title. Both Benavidez and Cejudo have defeated every opponent they have fought in the UFC, except for Demetrious Johnson. This is a fight between the #1 and #2 Flyweight contenders.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Jorge Masvidal
In July of this year, Jake Ellenberger became the 1st fighter in history to finish Matt Brown with strikes. Just hours before Ellenberger competed against Brown at UFC 201, Jorge Masvidal defeated Ross Pearson by unanimous decision. On Saturday, both Jake Ellenberger and Jorge Masvidal will compete against each other in hopes of moving up the Welterweight rankings.
Ion Cutelaba vs. Jared Cannonier
On Verdict, 71% of the platform predicts that Ion Cutelaba will defeat Jared Cannonier.
Sara McMann vs. Alexis Davis
Sara McMann and Alexis Davis have competed at the highest level of the sport. In 2014, they both challenged Ronda Rousey for the UFC Bantamweight title. They are both competing to stay relevant in the Bantamweight division.
Brandon Moreno vs. Ryan Benoit
Coming off of his submission victory against Louis Smolka in October, Brandon Moreno attempts to continue his four year undefeated streak when he challenges Ryan Benoit in the first fight of Saturday’s main card.