The Ultimate Fighter

Wes Sims: “I will be The Ultimate Fighter”

Wes “The A-Hole Show” Sims gives fans a little taste of what they can expect for The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights featuring coaches Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans.

Kimbo Slice Talks The Ultimate Fighter 10

EliteXC veteran Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson speaks with SpikeTV about the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The Ultimate Fighter 10 Cast Preview


Spike TV Announces The Ultimate Fighter 10 Cast


Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Spike TV has announced the 16 fighters set to compete on The Ultimate Fighter 10. The season premieres Sept. 16 and will feature 16 heavyweights coached on two teams by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans.

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The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale Live Results

We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. Finale”, which takes place at the Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. The show’s main card will be televised live in North America starting at 9 PM ET on Spike TV.

The event will be headlined by an anticipated lightweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida. Past “Ultimate Fighter” winners Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz will also clash on the main card.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the afternoon and evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.

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Sanchez-Guida Official for TUF 9 Finale


Diego Sanchez. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale”, which takes place at the Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, are below. All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Mike Ciesnolevicz, who weighed in three pounds over the light heavyweight limit and will be docked 20% of his purse. He and Tomasz Drwal have agreed to fight at a catch-weight of 208 lbs.

The event will be headlined by an anticipated lightweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida. Past “Ultimate Fighter” winners Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz will also clash on the main card.

DaMarques Johnson, the lone finalist from Team U.S., will face Englishman James Wilks in the TUF 9 welterweight final while British prospects Ross Pearson and Andre Winner will square off in the final lightweight bout of the show.

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Osipczak vs. Lester, Dent vs. Dollar Round Out “TUF 9 Finale” Card


Jason Dent. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV today announced two additional bouts that have finalized the complete fight card for “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. Finale” that will take place this Saturday night at the Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.

Both fights will feature cast members from the recently finished ninth season. Fan-favorite Frank Lester will battle British prospect Nick Osipczak while winless UFC veteran Jason Dent will take on controversial teammate Cameron Dollar.

The event will be headlined by an anticipated lightweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida. Past “Ultimate Fighter” winners Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz will also clash on the main card.

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Rampage, Evans Tapped as “TUF 10” Coaches


Former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans face off following Jackson’s win over Evans’ training partner Keith Jardine at UFC 96. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Thursday that former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans would serve as opposing coaches on the upcoming tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show.

The show will premiere on Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 PM ET and will feature a total of 16 heavyweights, who it seems will not be required to fight their way into the house as has been in the case for the past couple of seasons. In addition, the season premiere will be preceded by yet another edition of “UFC Fight Night”.

Production on the show is set to begin in early June.

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So Who Exactly Are the “TUF 10” Coaches?


Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC President Dana White will make one of his patented “special announcements” tomorrow night during the Spike TV broadcast of the “2009 VGAs First Look E3 Special” at 11 PM ET, and all signs point to it being the naming of the coaches for the upcoming tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

So who exactly will the coaches be? That’s actually a pretty good question at the moment.

According to Fighters Only Magazine, former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans, who quickly created bad blood between one another immediately following Jackson’s decision win over Keith Jardine in March, will serve as the newest set of coaches. However, Jackson was set to receive the next shot at Lyoto Machida, who defeated Evans for the belt this past weekend.

Here comes the confusing part…

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Are You Sick of “TUF” Yet?

Jake Rossen certainly is:

I’m not sure what’s more troubling: that the juvenile hall antics sell the show, or that the show has yet to evolve beyond them. With several more seasons contracted, “TUF” risks a greater sin by simply becoming repetitive and stilted. Even the primal humor in “Jackass” grows stale after a few seasons. (You’ve seen one staple gun to the testicles, you’ve seen them all.)

Even more unsettling: to think that the real paradigm shift in this sport’s young history was the conceit of showing fighters one step from hurling feces at each other like monkeys—that this perversion of sportsmanship is what it took for a mass audience to take notice of an otherwise complex and beautiful thing. MMA was apparently beyond anyone’s interest until its participants began peeing on pillows for basic cable.

Was this really the secret saving grace of combat sports? Does our culture really need actual, literal poo to fertilize a sprouting athletic event? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall any footage of Muhammad Ali taking a dump in an opponent’s toilet tank.

There was a time when I was puffed with pride at being a spectator of this sport. Watching “The Ultimate Fighter” is something I prefer to keep to myself.

I have to be honest here. Up until the fighters competing on the show were revealed, I basically had no interest in watching this upcoming season. Surprisingly, at least to me, there were some unexpected guys that will be part of the cast. I’m pretty excited to see what the likes of Andre Winner, Jeff Lawson, Ray Elbe, Kevin Knabjian, Mark Miller, and Jason Dent will be able to do on the show to name a few.

Like Rossen, I’m able to give the show another chance. Despite all of the criticism from a certain section of hardcore fans, the series has created many legitimate stars in the sport. But if another round of Junie-type antics are on tap for this season, I’m not sure if I’m going to stick around for the duration of it.

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