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UFC Takes Over My TV

Posted By Martin Foster On Sep 16 2009 @ 2:18 pm In MMA | No Comments

Fight Night 19, premiere of TUF 10, UFC 103.  Plenty of UFC to enjoy this week


 

You’re tuned in to another edition of the 2nd Round Submission

 

I’ll start off with a slight correction/change of plans from my last blog.  As I reported, Quinton RAMPAGE Jackson was initially rumored to play B. A. Baracus in the upcoming film the A-team.  These rumors were soon killed by a media news source.  Well folks, get ready to see Rampage sporting a sweet Mohawk and a neck full of gold.  Jackson has officially been cast in the TV series remake.  As a result of filming scheduled, Rampage pulled out of his UFC 107 main event fight against rival and fellow Ultimate Fighter coach Rashad Evans.  This news got quite a few people riled up.  I broke this news to my sister Leia and she responded “what the f***!?”  Strong words from someone who initially didn’t want to see two of her favorite fighters throw down in the octagon. I viewed some other blogs and websites (of course none as great as this one) and noticed the responses were about 60/40 in terms of people who disagreed with Quinton’s choice to back out versus those who understood his reasoning.  Personally, I was very excited for this fight.  I’m a big fan of both fighters and was curious to see how they would match up.  Rightfully so, I was a little disappointed but I understood Rampage’s thinking.  Rampage “loves whooping a**”especially for money.  If he gets the chance to pretend to whoop a** in a major motion picture and get paid a ton of money to do it then I say go for it.  The fight will likely now be moved late January or February.  They may lose a little hype after what should be the greatest season of The Ultimate Fighter EVER but Rampage vs. Rashad is going to sell pay per views and fill up seats regardless of when they fight. 

 

I’ll make the silky smooth transition into discussing The Ultimate Fighter season 10.  Here’s a listing of all the fighters and their MMA records:

·           Zak Jensen (7-3-0)

·          Marcus Jones (4-1-0)

·          Scott Junk (6-2-1)

·          Jon Madsen (1-0-0)

·          James McSweeney (3-4-0)

·          Matt Mitrione (0-0-0)

·          Roy Nelson (13-4-0)

·          Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (3-1-0)

·          Demico Rogers (0-0-0)

·          Brendan Schaub (4-0-0)

·          Darrill Schoonover (10-0-0)

·          Wes Shivers (0-0-0)

·          Wes Sims (22-12-1)

·          Abe Wagner (6-2-0)

·          Justin Wren (6-1-0)

·          Mike Wessel (6-1-0)

I’m familiar with only about a handful of these fighters so I won’t get into a full breakdown.  I’m expecting former IFL champion Roy Nelson to take home the pretty crystal trophy and contract.  I’ve never been very good at predictions so take that for what its worth. 

Before the new season of TUF kicks off Spike TV will be showing UFC Fight Night 19.  The show’s main event will feature lightweights Nate Diaz taking on Melvin Guillard.  The other fights on the show will be:

MAIN CARD
Roger Huerta vs. Gray Maynard
Carlos Condit  vs. Jake Ellenberger
Tim Credeur vs. Nate Quarry

PRELIM CARD
Steve Cantwell vs. Brian Stann
Mike Pyle vs. Chris Wilson [1] 
C.B. Dollaway  vs. Jay Silva
Phillipe Nover  vs. Sam Stout
Justin Buchholz  vs. Jeremy Stephens
Brock Larson vs. Mike Pierce
Ryan Jensen vs. Steven Steinbeiss

The fun continues on Saturday with UFC 103 live from Dallas, Texas.  Former middleweight champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin will battle the returning Vitor Belfort.  The other headline matchup will be Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic vs Junior Dos Santos. Below is the full card:

MAIN CARD (PPV) :
Vitor Belfort vs. Rich Franklin
Junior Dos Santos [2] vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
Martin Kampmann vs. Mike Swick
Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg
Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin

PRELIM CARD (Spike TV) :
Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller
Tomasz Drwal vs. Drew McFedries

PRELIMINARY CARD (Un-aired) :
Steve Lopez vs. Jim Miller
Nick Lentz vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Paul Daley vs. Brian Foster
Jason Brilz vs. Eliot Marshall

Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Igor Pokrajac

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rob Emerson

To steal a few potential viewers from the Mayweather/Marquez fight, for the first time UFC will air pay per view preliminary fights on Spike TV.  It will certainly be interesting to see how the viewer numbers of each event will turnout with the shows going head to head. 

That’s a wrap for this installment.  Plenty of UFC action this week so try to catch it all.

Kit Cope tapping to Kenny Florian’s rear naked choke

 

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