Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kamaru Usman headlines TUF 28 Finale in November

A pair of welterweight contenders will headline the 28th live season finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” in November.

Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (28-10 MMA, 17-8 UFC) will take on Kamaru Usman (13-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) at the TUF 28 Finale in “Sin City.” UFC officials announced the booking today, which previously had been reported by Combate.com.

In addition, Arnold Allen (13-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will fight former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) in a featherweight bout and Darrell Horcher (13-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) meets Roosevelt Roberts (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at lightweight.

The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale takes place Nov. 30 at Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas. The card is expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though broadcast plans haven’t been finalized.

Usman ran his UFC record to a perfect 8-0 with a decision win over former two-division title challenger Demian Maia in the UFC Santiago main event in May. Usman won Season 21 of “The Ultimate Fighter” with a submission of Hayder Hassan and has been perfect since then. But the win over Maia was his most significant one to date.

Dos Anjos will be looking to bounce back after his first loss since moving up from lightweight to welterweight. After he lost the 155-pound title to Eddie Alvarez, he suffered a second straight loss to Tony Ferguson. That led to a move to 170 pounds and three straight wins over Tarec Saffiedine, Neil Magny and Robbie Lawler.

But in June, dos Anjos lost an interim welterweight title fight to Colby Covington at UFC 225 in Chicago. Covington later was stripped of the interim title, and in the meantime champion Tyron Woodley has defended the belt with a win over Darren Till.

Melendez badly is in need of a win. He has dropped five of his six fights in the UFC starting with a lightweight title challenger against former champ Benson Henderson five and a half years ago. After a decision win over Diego Sanchez, hd has losses to former champs Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez, as well as Edson Barboza and Jeremy Stephens. The Stephens fight was Melendez’s return to featherweight 13 months ago, but he hasn’t fought since.

Allen stayed perfect in the UFC and ran his winning streak to six with a submission of Mads Burnell to win his second performance bonus in May. But his fight with Melendez clearly will be his biggest-name opponent of his career.

With the additions, the TUF 28 Finale card now includes:

  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kamaru Usman
  • TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 28” heavyweight tournament final
  • TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 28” women’s featherweight tournament final
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Pedro Munhoz
  • Tim Means vs. Ricky Rainey
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Antonina Shevchenko
  • Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Darren Stewart
  • Arnold Allen vs. Gilbert Melendez
  • Darrell Horcher vs. Roosevelt Roberts

For more on the TUF 28 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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