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Four questions that will be answered by Saturday’s finale of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’

Maggie Hendricks
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The UFC will put on its 17th edition of the "The Ultimate Fighter" finale on Saturday, which is a little crazy in and of itself. The show has been on for 17 seasons, putting it near "Law and Order" in longevity. The question why is this show still airing was already answered here, but here are a few more questions to be answered on Saturday.

Who will coach the next edition of "The Ultimate Fighter?" Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate will be the second women to fight in the Octagon, and the stakes are high. The winner gets not just a shot at the UFC women's bantamweight belt and Ronda Rousey, but a chance to majorly increase her profile with a coaching spot on the next season of TUF. It's a huge opportunity for either fighter.

How will Uriah Hall perform under the lights? There's no question Hall has been the most exciting fighter to emerge from TUF in years. He won with three straight highlight-reel knockouts. But those fights all took place in the relatively sheltered world of TUF, without the bright lights and loud crowd of a true UFC event and without the hype that grew around him as the season aired. Will he be able to deliver again when the pressure is on, or will Kelvin Gastellum play the spoiler?

Can Urijah Faber make another push for the title? At UFC 157, Faber had a good showing with a first-round submission of Ivan Menjivar. He has another tough challenge on his hands Saturday as he faces Scott Jorgensen. He's already had two shots at the UFC men's bantamweight belt. With a win here, should the former WEC champ get another shot?

Which of the cast members will make a name for himself? Only the winner of the Hall-Gastellum bout is guaranteed a contract with the UFC, but the other castmembers have an opportunity to make a name for himself and earn a spot in the ever-contracting UFC. Will Clint Hester redeem himself from his first-round loss? Will Dylan Andrews continue his Cinderella story?

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