TUF: China Finale adds trio of match-ups

The finale for the “The Ultimate Fighter: China” show is starting to take shape rather nicely. UFC Asia Managing Director Mark Fischer on Saturday revealed three new match-ups to the line-up, including Shawn Jordan (15-5) vs. Matt Mitrione (6-3), Hatsu Hioki (26-7-2) vs. Ivan Menjivar (25-11) and Nam Yui Chul (17-4-1) vs. Kazuki Tokudome (12-4-1).

Headlined by an intriguing Welterweight contest between John Hathaway (17-1) and Dong Hyun Kim (18-2-1, 1 NC), TUF: China finale takes place on March 1st, at the Cotai Arena situated in Macau, China.

With Mitrione and Jordan coming off stoppage losses in their previous outings, both men find themselves in must-win situations. Regardless, this bout has “Fight of the Night” written all over it.

Hioki and Menjivar will find themselves desperate to be getting back on the win column too. Hioki is one of Japan’s finest but is yet to make a mark in the promotion. While the 30-year-old looks to have a successful debut at 135-lbs, it won’t come any easier against a vet like Menjivar though, who has pretty much seen it all and done it all in his career.

The TUF: China Finale will also play host to the promotional debut of one Nam Yui Chul, the highly touted former ROAD FC champ out of South Korea. On a four-fight winning streak, Chul makes first UFC appearance on the heels of two successful title defenses of his ROAD FC strap against Takasuke Kume.

His opponent, Kazuki Tokudome, meanwhile, is 1-1 in his UFC stint thus far. His last appearance came at UFC 162, in a losing effort to “TUF: Smashes” winner, Norman Parke.

Keep it locked to Fight Sport Asia for more updates on TUF: China.

As it stands, here’s the updated line-up:

  • Dong Hyun Kim vs. John Hathaway
  • Matt Mitrione vs. Shawn Jordan
  • Hatsu Hioki vs. Ivan Menjivar
  • Nam Yui Chul vs. Kazuki Tokudome


Thinesh John is a Singapore-based MMA writer. You can check out some of his work over on MMASucka.com. Follow him (@ThineshJohnMMA), and be sure keep up with the latest Asian MMA news from FightSportAsia.com on Twitter (@FightSportAsia) and Facebook


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