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.
Nelson, former IFL heavyweight champion, is the early favourite to win The Ultimate Fighter 10. The Las Vegas, Nevada native holds victories over Mario Rinaldi, Brad Imes, Fabiano Scherner, and Antoine Jaoude. Nelson has also done battle with top ranked heavyweights Jeff Monson, Andrei Arlovski, and Ben Rothwell, though in a losing effort.
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson
EliteXC poster boy turned Ultimate Fighter. The early outlook is grim for Kimbo, while he carried EliteXC before falling to the hands of Seth Petruzelli, Kimbo fought less than stellar opposition during his reign. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of drama arises in the TUF house as Kimbo will surely have a target on his back and there are plenty of interesting personalities to take shots at that target.
Well, here you have it folks “The Project” Wes Sims is back in the UFC reigns. Sims is most known for his UFC 43 bout with Frank Mir where he was disqualified after striking Mir with repeated stomps to the head while Mir was laying on the canvas. Look for Sims to steal the show, he has an interesting personality, loves the camera time, and I’ve been told he fully intends on putting on quite the show.
Jones was drafted into the NFL by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1st round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Jones played 7 seasons with the Buccaneers organization. Jones is one of the brightest prospects on The Ultimate Fighter 10. Jones currently trains at Gracie Tampa with Rob Kahn.
Junk made his mixed martial arts debut in ’05 losing to former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez. Since the loss, Junk reeled off six consecutive victories including stoppages over Jimmy Ambriz, Hideki Tadao, and Dominic Richard. Junk made his octagon debut at UFC 76: Knockout losing to Christian Wellisch.
McSweeney is a Cage Rage veteran who hails from London, England. McSweeney has dropped bouts to UFC veterans Mustapha Al Turk and Neil Grove. McSweeney was submitted in his most recent outing against Ricardo Romero.
Schoonover, a native of El Paso, Texas, holds stoppage victories over Justin Howard, George Paz, Mark Holata, and Brian Lightfoot. Schoonover stopped Rex Richards in his most recent outing at Shark Fights 4.
Schaub, a native of Aurora, Colorado, holds TKO victories over Bojan Spalevic, Alex Rozman, Johnny Curtis, and Jay Lester. Schaub played in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and currently trains with UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin and under MMA guru Greg Jackson.
Wessel, a native of Celina, Ohio, made his octagon debut at UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008 where he was stopped by Dutch kickboxer Antoni Hardonk. Wessel currently trains at the West Side Kickboxing gym.
Jensen, a native of Edina, Minnesota, is a former Augsburg College wrestling standout. Jensen holds victories over Matt Hirsch, Mike Linger, and Heath Roth. Jensen has been finished three times including a loss to Brad Imes via gogoplata.
Wren, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, holds stoppage victories over Justin Howard, Tony Guined, Ralph Kelly and Chris Guillen. Wren currently trains alongside former UFC middleweight Travis Lutter.
Wagner, a native of Elko, Wisconsin, holds stoppage victories over Matt Andersen, Steve Pilkington, and Joel Traves. In his most recent outing, Wagner scored a stoppage victory over UFC veteran Sherman Pendergarst at VFC 25: Primetime.
Keeping with the theme, Shivers is a MMA newcomer who spent time in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans. Shivers trains with UFC middleweight Alan Belcher at Team Remix in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Madsen, a native of Orange County, California, is a member of Matt Hughes’ H.I.T. Squad in Granite City, Illinois. Madsen has yet to make his mixed martial arts debut but he is still known for defeating UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in a high school wrestling match.
Mitrione, a native of Springfield, Illinois, is another MMA unknown. Mitrione played in the NFL with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings and currently trains in Indianapolis with UFC veterans Chris Lytle and Jake O’Brien.
Rogers is another relative unknown. Rogers fought as an amateur at Strikeforce: “Wrestling at the Dome” where he defeated Jim Holloway by TKO.