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TheConcretekid
03-09-2009, 05:54 PM
Thanks to MMAWeekly (http://mmajunkie.com/news/14214/the-ultimate-fighter-9-full-cast-revealed-meet-the-32-u-s-and-u-k-fighters.mma)

U.S. welterweights

1. Ryan Biglar (2-1): Biglar, 24, is a jiu-jitsu fighter originally from Guam who represents the Cobra Kai in Las Vegas.
2. Ray Elbe (20-11): A Muay Thai fighter, the 25-year-old Elbe has spent the last three years working on his game in Phuket, Thailand. The most notable man he's faced was Renato Verissimo, who knocked him out in 2003.
3. Christian Fulgium (6-2-1): A wrestler, Fulgium represents the Gladiator camp in Lafayette, La.
4. DaMarques Johnson (13-6): Johnson took up MMA training while in the military. Training out of Elite Performance in Salt Lake City, Johnson once faced former World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight champion Brock Larson, who submitted him in a 2005 bout.
5. Kevin Knabjian (10-3-1): A wrester from Eastern Illinois University, the same school that produced UFC star Matt Hughes, the one-time WEC fighter trains at Gilbert Grappling in Chicago.
6. Mark Miller (10-4): A Muay Thai fighter also based in Chicago, Miller trains at Dino Costeas MMA and Toro Muay Thai.
7. Jason Pierce (9-0): A one-time collegiate soccer player, Pierce trains with the vaunted Miletich Fighting Systems camp in Bettendorf, Iowa.
8. Kiel Reid (8-1): A native of Bettendorf, Reid also trains with Miletich, whose experience includes a 2004 fight against UFC veteran Luigi Fiorvanti.

U.S. lightweights

1. Paul Bird (4-1): A striker, Bird trains at Des Moines (Iowa) MMA. He has fought in the Midwest Cage Championships promotion.
2. Santino DeFranco (13-4): A wrestler and jiu-jitsu specialist, DeFranco has experienced fighting in the now-defunct International Fight League. He also helped coach Efrain Escudero, the TUF 8 winner.
3. Jason Dent (19-9): A submission specialist, Dent runs his own gym in Mentor, Ohio, at Griffon Brawl. He is a UFC veteran who has losses to Roger Huerta and Gleison Tibau.
4. Cameron Dollar (4-1): Dollar trains in Colorado Springs, Colo., and is a former teammate of TUF alums Cory Hill and Noah Thomas.
5. Tom Hayden (4-0): A submission fighter, Hayden is trained by popular UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel in West Chester, Ohio.
6. Waylon Lowe (5-2): Lowe, 28, also fights for Gurgel.
7. Josh Souder (7-2): A member of Team Prodigy, Souder has faced castmate Jason Dent in 2005, losing by TKO.
8. Richie Whitson (4-0): A native Alaskan who trains with Team Quest in Temecula, Calif., Whitson is a heavy-handed striker.

U.K. welterweights

1. Dean Amarasinghe (4-1): A grappler from Nottingham, England, Amarasinghe trains at Rough House Gym.
2. James Bateman (2-1): A striker, Bateman trains at Grimsby NHB in Grimsby, England.
3. David Faulkner (2-1): A member of the Wolfslair team that features U.K. coach Michael Bisping and UFC star Quinton Jackson, Faulkner is a submissions expert.
4. Tommy Maguire (5-2): The 20-year-old Maguire is a striker who works with the Tsunami Gym in Wisbech, England.
5. Che Mills (7-2): A tall welterweight at 6-foot-2, Mills works with ex-UFC fighter Mark Weir's Range Fighting Gym.
6. Nicholas Osipczak (3-0): Osipczak trains in London with Pancrase UK. He's finished all of his fights in the first round.
7. Alex Reid (10-9-1): Reid, 33, trains in London with the London Shoot Fighters. He's faced notable opponents such as Murilo Rua, Tony Fryklund, Dave Menne and Jorge Rivera.
8. James Wilks (5-2): Trained by veteran Eric Paulson in Orange County, Calif., the 30-year-old Wilks is a striker.

U.K. lightweights

1. James Bryan (3-1): A striker, Bryan, 25, is from Somerset, England.
2. Dan James (3-0): A striker from Swansea, Wales, he's finished two of his three pro bouts.
3. Gary Kelly (2-1): A striker, the 25-year-old Kelly trains alongside Bisping and Jackson at Wolfslair in Liverpool, England.
4. Jeff Lawson (13-2): A submission fighter with 12 finishes, Lawson trains with Team Bulldog in Dorset, England.
5. Ross Pearson (9-3): A striker, Pearson trains at Sunderland Jiu-Jitsu & MMA Club in Sunderland, England.
6. Martin Stapleton (5-1): A Muay Thai fighter, Stapleton is a product of Quannum Combat Arts.
7. A.J. Wenn (7-2): A well-rounded fighter from the Tsunami Gym, Wenn is from Cambs, England.
8. Andre Winner (9-2-1): Winner is a member of the Rough House team in London and is coming off a loss and a draw in his two fights prior to appearing on the show.


A lot of Mid-Westerners, a few Miletich guys, Team Quest, IFL, WEC and UFC vets; some of the US guys have crazy credentials and a lot of experience. The UK is already behind a few years in the MMA game (just like the East Coast was behind the West Coast for a while) and then they have to go and face these Americans with their impressive histories and camps. This should should be a pretty good season, I feel like I can get behind these fighters (as opposed to Bader or Junie) and relate/root for them. I tell you what kids, living in a different country really makes you appreciate your home land. (Single tear rolls down cheek as Star Spangled Banner plays in the distance as I stand in front of the American flag, hand over heart.)

I wonder how they are going to pick the first 16. Are the Brits going to have to fight each other to claim a place on the UK team, and the Americans the same. Or are they going to go US vs. UK right away... because that could lead to disproportionate team numbers if one country (Read: America) qualifies more representatives.

County Mike
03-09-2009, 06:02 PM
Couple Militech guys in the middleweights.

Go U.S.A.!!!!

Crisco
03-09-2009, 06:44 PM
anyone else notice Junie's bro not on the list?

County Mike
03-09-2009, 07:18 PM
anyone else notice Junie's bro not on the list?

Oh yeah! Guess he got whooped in the entry round fights.

Crisco
03-09-2009, 07:46 PM
Oh yeah! Guess he got whooped in the entry round fights.

Or Dana changed his mind after reading all the back lash

TheConcretekid
03-09-2009, 08:18 PM
Or Dana changed his mind after reading all the back lash

I think that is definitely it. Even if his brother is a good fighter, and even if Junie proves to be a great fighter, those antics were really holding the sport back from being widely viewed as a respectable professional sport.

This season has an Olympic wrestler coaching against a Englishman, whose relative once held the title of Count, this season (as it is a show that is free on cable television that airs every week and is heavily advertised) has the potential to give those unfamiliar with the sport a reputable first impression, and could erase the bad taste that has remained from other TUFs.

Rivalries and competitions are one thing. Upper deckers and semen-sushi is another.

TheConcretekid
03-09-2009, 08:33 PM
I spoke too soon

MMAJunkie (http://mmajunkie.com/news/14214/the-ultimate-fighter-9-full-cast-revealed-meet-the-32-u-s-and-u-k-fighters.mma)

(Note: As MMAjunkie.com previously reported, Robert Browning, the younger brother of "TUF8" cast member Junie Browning, also appears on the show. While not a member of the original 32-man squad, he eventually makes his way to the show to compete as a replacement fighter.)

Crisco
03-09-2009, 08:53 PM
I spoke too soon

MMAJunkie (http://mmajunkie.com/news/14214/the-ultimate-fighter-9-full-cast-revealed-meet-the-32-u-s-and-u-k-fighters.mma)

Well that just owned all the decency.

Crisco
03-09-2009, 08:53 PM
I spoke too soon

MMAJunkie (http://mmajunkie.com/news/14214/the-ultimate-fighter-9-full-cast-revealed-meet-the-32-u-s-and-u-k-fighters.mma)

Well that just owned all the decency.

atomdanger
03-09-2009, 10:07 PM
I wish we would let more guys on who aren't connected,
as usual the bulk of the American guys are connected to the UFC through a fighter they know well or train with.

Jason 16
03-09-2009, 10:19 PM
one of our guys Criss Reedy was accepted but decided not to go Iam still thinking WTF and this happend 2 month ago.

TheConcretekid
03-10-2009, 01:32 PM
one of our guys Criss Reedy was accepted but decided not to go Iam still thinking WTF and this happend 2 month ago.

Yeah, even some of guys who didn't win the show (which obviously make up the majority since there is only 1 winner for each weight class for each season) benefit from being on the show. They get exposure, the get to train with the greatest UFC fighters and their camps/coaches, and most of them get to come back and fight on the Finale and if they put on a good show they'll get asked back. Besides the solitary nature of the show (and the potential shenanigans one may have to endure) there are not to many negatives from being on the show

warriorlion
03-10-2009, 07:00 PM
except being isolated from everything that you love, and everything normal for an extended period of time.

Some people cant face that. I can understand that

atomdanger
03-10-2009, 08:14 PM
except being isolated from everything that you love, and everything normal for an extended period of time.

Some people cant face that. I can understand that

6 weeks?
Pfft.

I can sit on my head for 6 weeks, I hate hearing people that were on TUF whine about how hard it was.
I hope none of them ever have to spend extended periods of time in jail.

County Mike
03-10-2009, 08:20 PM
6 weeks?
Pfft.

I can sit on my head for 6 weeks,


I can't sit on my head at all. How do you sit on your own head?
Pics or Shens!

logrus
03-10-2009, 08:38 PM
Who cares about TUF anymore, its nothing more then cheap reality now. Might as well move to the Reality channel on cable. No "O" but I miss the way the first couple of seasons were done.

KENTUCKYREDBONE
03-11-2009, 08:10 AM
I keep hoping they'll concentrate more on the fighting and training and less on the stupidity!

Tyburn
03-12-2009, 01:14 AM
Thanks to MMAWeekly (http://mmajunkie.com/news/14214/the-ultimate-fighter-9-full-cast-revealed-meet-the-32-u-s-and-u-k-fighters.mma)




A lot of Mid-Westerners, a few Miletich guys, Team Quest, IFL, WEC and UFC vets; some of the US guys have crazy credentials and a lot of experience. The UK is already behind a few years in the MMA game (just like the East Coast was behind the West Coast for a while) and then they have to go and face these Americans with their impressive histories and camps. This should should be a pretty good season, I feel like I can get behind these fighters (as opposed to Bader or Junie) and relate/root for them. I tell you what kids, living in a different country really makes you appreciate your home land. (Single tear rolls down cheek as Star Spangled Banner plays in the distance as I stand in front of the American flag, hand over heart.)

I wonder how they are going to pick the first 16. Are the Brits going to have to fight each other to claim a place on the UK team, and the Americans the same. Or are they going to go US vs. UK right away... because that could lead to disproportionate team numbers if one country (Read: America) qualifies more representatives.

HEY I KNOW some of those!!

Jason Pierce I've heard of, Jason Dent I've heard of, Che Mills I talked to and seen fight, David Faulkner i've seen fight, Tommy Maguire ive heard of, cant recall if ive seen him or not, Gary Kelly and Ross Pearson I've heard of.

I'm glad that Che Mills got in :)

its a shame none of the Suckerpunch Fighters got on the US team though :unsure-1:

Tyburn
03-12-2009, 01:16 AM
I spoke too soon

MMAJunkie (http://mmajunkie.com/news/14214/the-ultimate-fighter-9-full-cast-revealed-meet-the-32-u-s-and-u-k-fighters.mma)
the question you should be asking yourself is, which high class fighter did he end up replacing?

I bet it was the nicest guy on the team...would be just our luck :laugh:

warriorlion
03-15-2009, 02:40 PM
I still cant believe that Jimmy Wallhead and Abdul Mohammed didnt get in.

However one of the guys is from Swansea and is the brother of a guy I have trained with. Will be looking to see how well he does

Tyburn
03-15-2009, 07:44 PM
Abdul Mohammed didnt get in.

He's abit beyond Tuf Status. They are more likely to pop him streight into a debut.

He's also...a tad clueless :laugh:

He seems to be everywhere I go. I go to Cage Rage, there he is, I go to cage Gladiators...he's there aswell...I'm off to The Tenth Legion in Hull to meet Jess Liaudin

you'll never guess whoelse is on the card :rolleyes:

It was when he asked me if I knew what to do with the medical certificate thingy paperwork stuff at Cage Gladiators that I thought him a bit strange :unsure:

warriorlion
03-18-2009, 09:08 PM
maybe since he sees you at all these events he thought you were an official. ever met ian dean the cage warriors promotor - wouldnt guess thats what he did by meeting him

Tyburn
03-18-2009, 09:36 PM
maybe since he sees you at all these events he thought you were an official. ever met ian dean the cage warriors promotor - wouldnt guess thats what he did by meeting him
:laugh: who knows :laugh:

I have never met anyone from Cage Warriors because they are a promotion based in the Midlands and south. All my dealings have been North, Cage Gladiators based in Liverpool, The Tenth Legion based near Hull, Cage Rage, but only when they traveled north...and there is several governing promotions up between Here, Newcastle and Cumbria

Dont suppose you know if Cage Warriors do shows NORTH of Doncastor :huh:

Max
03-18-2009, 09:40 PM
Ok Im gonna make a quick pick, not about who I think will win just about a certain fighter

Tom Hayden (4-0): A submission fighter, Hayden is trained by popular UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel in West Chester, Ohio.

Now the one thing that catches my eye is he is trained by Jorge Gurgel. Now what this tells me is that this guy might have great BJJ but we will never get to see it.

VCURamFan
03-18-2009, 11:04 PM
Ok Im gonna make a quick pick, not about who I think will win just about a certain fighter

Tom Hayden (4-0): A submission fighter, Hayden is trained by popular UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel in West Chester, Ohio.

Now the one thing that catches my eye is he is trained by Jorge Gurgel. Now what this tells me is that this guy might have great BJJ but we will never get to see it.Hahaha. Jorge's fighter are like Chuck: they have a solid ground game, but they only use it so they can stand & bang!:laugh:

warriorlion
03-20-2009, 12:22 PM
:laugh: who knows :laugh:

I have never met anyone from Cage Warriors because they are a promotion based in the Midlands and south. All my dealings have been North, Cage Gladiators based in Liverpool, The Tenth Legion based near Hull, Cage Rage, but only when they traveled north...and there is several governing promotions up between Here, Newcastle and Cumbria

Dont suppose you know if Cage Warriors do shows NORTH of Doncastor :huh:
as far as I know they do most of their shows in nottingham - so not exactly as far to travel as liverpool would be for you

Llamafighter
03-20-2009, 12:30 PM
Hahaha. Jorge's fighter are like Chuck: they have a solid ground game, but they only use it so they can stand & bang!:laugh:

Hahaha!

Chuck
03-20-2009, 02:01 PM
6 weeks?
Pfft.

I can sit on my head for 6 weeks, I hate hearing people that were on TUF whine about how hard it was.
I hope none of them ever have to spend extended periods of time in jail.

I agree and disagree.

6 weeks isn't going to kill anyone that's for sure but in some ways these guys have less then guys in jail.. factor in the alcohol and "pressure" and the cards are stacked against them.

Still don't think it's impossible... but I can imagine it's more challenging then we realize.

warriorlion
03-20-2009, 05:54 PM
Ok Im gonna make a quick pick, not about who I think will win just about a certain fighter

Tom Hayden (4-0): A submission fighter, Hayden is trained by popular UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel in West Chester, Ohio.

Now the one thing that catches my eye is he is trained by Jorge Gurgel. Now what this tells me is that this guy might have great BJJ but we will never get to see it.

thats not true in all cases. dustin haslett is jg trained

Tyburn
03-20-2009, 06:57 PM
as far as I know they do most of their shows in nottingham - so not exactly as far to travel as liverpool would be for you
:blink: how do you figure that one out :huh:

warriorlion
03-24-2009, 08:19 PM
:blink: how do you figure that one out :huh:

dont you live near doncaster

Tyburn
03-24-2009, 08:20 PM
dont you live near doncaster
:laugh:

No I live near York, north of Bradford :blink: