Spike TV today confirmed that cast member Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson is scheduled to compete at the Dec. 5 live finale for "The Ultimate Fighter 10."
MMAjunkie previously reported that Ferguson (3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Houston Alexander (9-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in a catch-weight bout, but Spike TV officials won't announce his opponent until after a two-hour, season-ending Dec. 2 episode of "TUF 10," which is the latest edition of the UFC's reality series.
Spike TV has teased the possibility of Ferguson, who lost an opening-round matchup to former IFL champion Roy Nelson in the third episode of the series, as possibly re-entering the competition as an injury replacement.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale takes place at the The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The night's main card, including a Jon Jones vs. Matt Hamill headliner, airs on Spike TV.
Choosing Ferguson for the card was a no-brainer. The former EliteXC headliner, who garnered a huge following when his underground bare-knuckle fighting videos were posted on YouTube, helped create a record audience of 5.3 million viewers for his fight with Nelson. DVR viewing pushed the total audience to 5.7 million viewers (and peaked with 7.25 million viewers for the final 15 minutes of the show, which included the fight).
Ferguson vs. Alexander is expected to take place at a catch-weight of 215 pounds.
Ferguson gets his first official MMA bout since a loss to late replacement Seth Petruzelli at an October 2008 EliteXC show. He turned down potentially lucrative offers from major Japanese organizations and regional promotions in the U.S. to compete on "TUF." However, unlike his castmates, a hefty (non-"TUF") contract awaits him after the show.
Alexander seeks his first UFC win since September 2007. After earning devastating knockout victories over Alessio Sakara and Keith Jardine in his first two trips to the octagon, the Nebraska native suffered three straight UFC defeats. Alexander was allowed to take a fight outside of the UFC in September, and he earned a TKO win over Sherman Pendergarst under the Adrenaline MMA banner.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale currently includes:
* - Not officially announced
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