Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Anthony Pettis celebrates after defeating Donald Cerrone (not pictured) during UFC on FOX 6 at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez set for UFC year-end show


The UFC previously announced lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will be coaching season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter reality series opposite Gilbert Melendez. The new season of the series will begin filming in May with the season premiere in September, and now we know that the finale will take place in early to mid-December.

Along with the TUF 20 Finale, the match lightweight title bout between the coaches will be taking place at the UFC’s year-end show in Las Vegas.

UFC president Dana White announced the plan during a press conference in Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

TUF 20 will mark the first time in TUF history that the cast will be made up of all female fighters.

The women’s strawweight division will be introduced during the season, with the winner being named the inaugural UFC 115-pound champion.

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