Gray D. here with my predictions/picks for The Ultimate Fighter season 8 Finale. I went 7-3 in my last picks for Fight Night 16, so let’s see if I can keep a winning record, eh?

Update: PICK OUTCOMES: 5-5

This season of TUF has been one of the best yet, with some guys with serious “contender” potential rising to the top of the 16 lightweights and light-heavyweights. Look for registered nurse and proud Filipino Phillipe Nover to put on a great performance against a very game opponent in Mexican-American college student Efrain Escudero.

Also in the light-heavyweight final, Ryan Bader will have to use the full extent of his wrestling prowess against world-ranked Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champ Vinicius Magalhaes.

Without further ado, here are my picks. Agree or disagree, please share your thoughts by commenting. will be posting LIVE TUF 8 fight results this evening at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET starting with the under card bouts, and 9 p.m. ET when the main televised card gets underway. Stay tuned!


Gray D. is 122-78 in his overall picks here at and pens this column before every major MMA event. Outside of writing, he is a fitness/nutrition enthusiast and runs the site’s Twitter account @6thRound.


TUF 8 FINALE predictions:


  • Efrain Escudero (156) vs. Phillipe Nover (155)
  • Ryan Bader (205) vs. Vinicius Magalhaes (205)
  • Kevin Burns (171) vs. Anthony Johnson (171)
  • Wilson Gouveia (189)* vs. Jason MacDonald (184)
  • Junie Browning (156) vs. Dave Kaplan (156)


  • Shane Primm (202) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (205)
  • Jules Bruchez (205) vs. Eliot Marshall (203)
  • Kyle Kingsbury (205) vs. Tom Lawlor (204)
  • Shane Nelson (156) vs. George Roop (153)
  • John Polakowski (152) vs. Roli Delgado (155)