Two more rumored bouts have surfaced for The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale on June 23rd. Both fights are not expected to be televised.
UFC newcomer Floyd Sword will make his octagon debut in a middleweight matchup with Thales Leites. Sword brings a 9-2 record to the fight including a 3 fight win streak. He has fought primarily in the King of the Cage promotion although come fight time it will have been nearly a year since his last MMA fight. Leites’ debut UFC fight was a loss to Martin Kampmann on the TUF 4 finale where he lost via unanimous decision. In his last fight he rebounded to defeat Pete Sell at UFC 69.
In another preliminary fight TUF 5 contestant Allen Berube will face a more experienced opponent in Leonard Garcia. Berube has just a 2-0 MMA record with the fight marking his official UFC debut. Garcia on the other hand participated in the “fight of the night” at UFC 69 against another recent addition to the TUF 5 finale, Roger Huerta. Garcia lost the UFC debut but had previously won 8 straight fights on his way to a 9-2 overall fight record.
Considering the event is under 3 weeks away very few matches have been announced although this is mainly due to the UFC not wanting to spoil the results until after next weeks final regular episode of the season.