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08-18-2008, 11:07 AM
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I would of swore I started this thread and this one did not exist.
Knowing is not enough we must apply
Willing is not enough we must do
08-18-2008, 12:30 PM
Join Date: Feb 2007
| | Cast for 8th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” unveiled
SI.com, courtesy of Spike TV, has revealed the names of the 32 fighters invited to Las Vegas by the UFC to compete for the 16 final spots on the eighth season of the hit reality television show “The Ultimate Fighter.” |
Last season saw 32 middleweights compete for the right to become the next “Ultimate Fighter” but this year the season has been broken down into two weight classes: light heavyweight and lightweight with 16 fighters in each weight class once again going through a qualifying round of fights to earn a spot in the final eight and the opportunity to move into the TUF mansion.
Serving as the coaches for TUF 8 will be current UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former champion and current number one contender Frank Mir.
The show will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 11:00 p.m. ET immediately following UFC Fight Night 15 from Omaha, Nebraska.
The full cast of 32 with our notes is available after the jump.
Ryan Bader: 24-years old; 7-0; Arizona Combat Sports
Antwain Britt: 29-years old; 4-0; Bombsquad MMA
Jules Bruchez: 30-years old; 3-2; Ronin Dojo
Lance Evans: 30-years old; 4-2; TKO MMA
Karen Grigoryan: 26-years old; 5-0; RusFighters Sports Club
Jason Guida: 30-years old; 26-13; Hellhouse Gym
Ryan Jimmo: 26-years old; 6-1; Titans MMA
Kyle Kingsbury: 26-years old; 7-1-1; American Kickboxing Academy
Tom Lawlor: 24-years old; 6-2; American Top Team
Ryan Lopez: 25-years old; 5-3; no gym affiliation
Vinicius Magalhaes: 23-years old; 2-2; Team Quest (Temecula)
Eric Magee: 23-years old; 3-1; South Shore Sport Fighting
Eliot Marshall: 27-years old; 5-1; Easton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Sean O’Connell: 24-years old; 1-0; no gym affiliation
Shane Primm: 23-years old; 1-0; Gracie Tampa
Krzysztof Soszynski: 30-years old; 16-8-1; Team Quest (Temecula)
Notes: TUF 8 is getting into the brother act as both Guida and Evans have younger brothers competing in the UFC. Lance Evans is of course the older brother of UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans and Jason Guida is indeed the brother of UFC lightweight Clay Guida… The selection of Primm means that this is four seasons in a row in which a fighter from Rob Kahn’s Gracie Tampa school has been chosen for the TUF cast. Primm joins Alan “Monsta Lobsta” Berube, Matt Arroyo, and Brandon Sene as Kahn students to appear on the show… Soszynski is a former heavyweight competitor in the IFL. UFC President Dana White was extremely critical of the IFL while it was in existence but the UFC hasn’t been shy about recruiting their former fighters… Keep an eye on Bader. He comes from Trevor and Todd Lally’s Arizona Combat Sports, the same gym where C.B. Dalloway, Jamie Varner, Steve Steinbess, Ray Steinbeiss, and other top MMA fighters train.
Jose Aguilar: 25-years old; 17-3; Grapplers Edge
Fernando Bernstein: 25-years old; 2-0; Progressive Martial Arts
Junie Allen Browning: 22-years old; 2-0; Four Seasons Martial Arts
Rolando Delgado: 26-years old; 7-3-1; Westside Fight Team
Joseph Duarte: 24-years old; 3-0; Unleashed Training Facility
Charles Diaz: 30-years old; 14-4; Team EFX
Efrain Escudero: 22-years old; Southwest Martial Arts
Brandon Garner: 26-years old; 4-1; Team ROC
David Kaplan: 28-years old; 3-1; Team Lloyd Irvin
Brian McLaughlin: 23-years old; 5-0; Gracie Tampa
Wesley Murch: 25-years old; 4-2; Trojan Gym
Shane Nelson: 24-years old; 11-3; B.J. Penn’s MMA Academy
Phillipe Nover: 24-years old; 5-0-1; Team Renzo Gracie
Ido Pariente: 30-years old; 13-4; no gym affiliation
John Polakowski: 26-years old; 3-1; The Pit
George Roop: 26-years old; 7-3; Ultima MMA
Notes: McLaughlin gives Gracie Tampa two fighters on the TUF cast in one season… Pariente is the same fighter who got smashed by Jake Shields in June of 2007 in Los Angeles during FEG’s infamous “Dynamite USA!!” Pariente was born and resides in Israel and has a great back story. He’s a better fighter than he showed vs. Shields… Nelson is considered to be one of B.J. Penn’s better prospects… Polakowski is one of Chuck Liddell’s teammates at “The Pit” with John Hackleman in San Luis Obispo.
Source: Fighters of the 8th Season of TUF revealed
08-18-2008, 01:42 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Correct me if I'm wrong but is Karen Grigoryan not a LW? Why does he keep getting listed as a LHW?
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