The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights

September 20, 2009 by  
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The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights

 
 
 
 
 

TUF10 will surely be the most viewed season ever. Several components of this year’s season including the simple facts that these are the big guys of the UFC mixed with veterans of the sport, Internet legends, and NFL stars all fighting for a chance to be the next Ultimate Fighter. Stay tuned for a season of strong bouts in what will surely be a great series of action packed episodes. Check out the other weekly recaps for TUF10.

Team Rashad

James McSweeney Height: 6 ft 4 in Weight: 230 lb Background: Born in London, England and an accomplished kick boxer and Muay Thai fighter, McSweeney garnered several titles and amassed over 130 wins before transitioning to MMA in 2006. He now trains at Greg Jackson’s MMA Academy in Albuquerque, NM with notables Rashad Evans, Nate Marquardt, and Georges St. Pierre. A ‘tweener at approximately 230 lbs, McSweeney will look to keep the fights standing to leverage his striking skills.

Record: 3-4-0

   
Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Loss Ricardo Romero Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) ROC 24 – Ring of Combat 24 4/17/2009 1 2:27
Loss Neil Grove TKO Ultimate Challenge UK – Bad Breed 12/6/2008 2 1:38
Win Roman Webber KO (Knee) CR 28 – VIP 9/20/2008 1 0:10
Win Chris Cooper TKO FX3 – Fight Night 9 9/13/2008 1 3:09
Loss Mustapha al Turk TKO (Punches) CR 27 – Step Up 7/12/2008 1 2:06
Loss Robert Paczkow Submission (Smother) CR 24 – Feel the Pain 12/1/2007 1 2:09
Win Mark Buchanan TKO (Punches) CR 22 – Hard as Hell 7/14/2007 1 1:30


Brendan Schaub Height: 6 ft 4 in Weight: 240 lb Background: Schaub boasts a 4-0 record and is considered by many to be among the favorites on this season’s TUF. He possesses a well-rounded skill set – he is the current Ring of Fire Heavyweight champion, a Colorado Open BJJ Grand Champion, and a Colorado Golden Gloves Champion. He played fullback at Colorado, but didn’t catch on in the NFL after being with the Buffalo Bills. His four TKO victories have an average length of less than one minute drawing favorable comparisons to teammate and UFC contender Shane Carwin.

Record: 4-0-0

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Win Bojan Spalevic TKO (Punches) ROF 34 – Judgment Day 4/11/2009 1 0:52
Win Alex Rozman TKO (Punches) ROF 33 – Adrenaline 1/10/2009 1 1:27
Win Johnny Curtis TKO (Knee Injury) UWC – Confrontation 10/11/2008 1 1:07
Win Jay Lester TKO (Strikes) ROF 32 – Respect 6/13/2008 1 0:30


Justin Wren Height: 6 ft 2 in Weight: 264 lb Background: Wren was a two-time state champion and All-American wrestler in Texas, as well as a two-time All-American Greco Roman wrestler after high school. He was awarded a scholarship to the Olympic Training center for Greco Roman wrestling, and began his MMA career after sustaining an injury prior to joining the powerful Iowa State University wrestling program. He’s now affiliated with Travis Lutter’s MMA Academy.

Record: 6-1-0

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Win Chris Guillen TKO Xp3 – The Proving Ground 7/26/2008 2 N/A
Win Ralph Kelly TKO (Corner Stoppage) CCCF – Contenders 1/19/2008 2 3:00
Win Tony Guined Submission UPP – Graveyard Smash 10/31/2007 1 3:04
Loss Matt Thompson TKO AOW – Art of War 2 5/11/2007 2 0:27
Win Justin Howard TKO (Punches) AOW – Art of War 1 3/9/2007 2 1:32
Win Brian Ewers TKO ECF – Winter War 1/27/2007 1 0:42
Win Ronald Stackhouse TKO MOTC 7 – Masters of the Cage 7 12/2/2006 1 1:45


John Madsen Height: 6 ft 0 in Weight: 240 lb Background: An accomplished high school and collegiate wrestler, Madsen now trains with Matt Hughes’ H.I.T. Squad in Granite City, IL. Although he’ll ultimately look to gain control of opponents through his wrestling, he won his professional debut last year via knockout. Madsen made the unique choice of eschewing amateur MMA and hopped right into professional bouts. The South Dakota native once wrestled UFC juggernaut Brock Lesnar in high school, with reports of Madsen’s brother and Lesnar scuffling after the match.

Record: 1-0-0

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Win Ryan Kotzea   TCI – Shock Wave 8/16/2008 5 N/A


Roy Nelson Height: 6 ft 0 in Weight: 265 lb Background: A classic case of “looks can be deceiving”, Nelson is a Renzo Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, former International Fight League World Grand Prix Heavyweight Champion, and trains with Ken Shamrock’s Lion Den team. “Big Country” has locked horns with some of the sport’s biggest names like Andrei Arlovski, Ben Rothwell, and Jeff Monson, the latter of which was his most recent fight and a controversial decision loss. Nelson will primarily look to impose his will on TUF 10 competitors on the ground, although his striking is often overlooked.

Record: 13-4-0

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Loss Jeff Monson Decision (Unanimous) SRP – March Badness 3/21/2009 3 5:00
Loss Andrei Arlovski KO (Punch) EliteXC – Heat 10/4/2008 2 3:14
Win Brad Imes TKO (Punches) IFL – Connecticut 5/16/2008 1 2:55
Win Fabiano Scherner TKO (Punches) IFL – Las Vegas 2/29/2008 1 3:20
Win Antoine Jaoude KO (Punch) IFL – World Grand Prix Finals 12/29/2007 2 0:22
Win Bryan Vetell TKO (Punches) IFL – World Grand Prix Semifinals 11/3/2007 3 1:01
Win Shane Ott Decision (Unanimous) IFL – Las Vegas 6/16/2007 3 4:00
Loss Ben Rothwell Decision (Split) IFL – Moline 4/7/2007 3 4:00
Win Mario Rinaldi TKO (Punches) Bodog Fight – Costa Rica Combat 2/17/2007 1 2:38
Win Vince Lucero TKO (Punches) IFL – Oakland 1/19/2007 1 1:55
Loss Josh Curran Decision (Unanimous) Bodog Fight – Clash of the Nations 12/16/2006 3 5:00
Win Jerome Smith Submission (Side Choke) FF 2 – FightForce: Butte Brawl 2 7/22/2006 1 4:13
Win Jason Godsey Submission (Rear Naked Choke) FF 1 – FightForce: Butte Brawl 1 5/6/2006 1 4:42
Win Michael Buchkovich Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) WEF – Orleans Arena 4/1/2006 1 0:56
Win Ray Seraille Submission PXC 3 – Return of the Enforcer 8/28/2004 2 N/A
Win Jerry Vrbanovic Decision (Split) ROTR – Rage on the River 4/17/2004 3 3:00
Win Bo Cantrell Decision ROTR – Rage on the River 4/17/2004 3 3:00


Darrill Schoonover Height: 6 ft 2 in Weight: 218 lb Background: The smallest competitor in the TUF 10 field, Schoonover is a perfect 10-0 professionally in MMA (12-0 as an amateur) with a win over former UFC fighter Rex Richards and holds several state and regional HW titles. Unlike most who have a solid base in one aspect of MMA like wrestling or jiu-jitsu, Schoonover cross-trained in multiple disciplines of MMA from day one. He served in the US Army and is currently pursuing a history degree when not training. A full-time move to Light Heavyweight is likely in the future plans.

Record: 10-0-0

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Win Rex Richards TKO (Punches) SF 4 – Shark Fights 4 5/2/2009 4 1:19
Win Justin Howard TKO Xtreme Fight Championship – Texas Battleground 2/27/2009 3 2:07
Win George Paz Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) Katana Cagefighting – Conquest 12/6/2008 2 1:21
Win Mark Holata TKO FCF – Freestyle Cage Fighting 9/21/2008 1 2:33
Win Brian Lightfoot TKO Katana Cagefighting – Equi-Knocks 8/23/2008 2 0:33
Win Doug Williams Submission XFC – Xtreme Fighting Championships 6/14/2008 2 2:51
Win Corey Bellino Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) KC – Katana Cagefighting 5/17/2008 2 2:03
Win Chris Hawk Submission (Rear Naked Choke) AOW – Gi’s vs Pro’s 4/19/2008 1 4:40
Win Doug Williams KO NLF – Heavy Hands 1/26/2008 2 1:11
Win Matt Terlau Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Bonecrunch Fighting – Tampa Terrors vs. Port St. Lucie Devils 1/12/2008 1 1:16


Matt Mitrione Height: 6 ft 4 in Weight: 270 lb Background: Little is known about Matrione beyond the fact that he had a brief stop in the NFL in 2002 and hasn’t fought professionally yet. It’s reported that he has had one amateur MMA fight. Inexperience may play a role against competitors like Wes Sims, Roy Nelson, etc. who have the savvy and perspective of previous battles.

Record: 0-0-0


Mike Wessel Height: 6 ft 0 in Weight: 260 lb Background: Already a UFC fighter under a four-fight contract, Wessel suffered a TKO loss to Antoni Hardonk at UFC 92. Wessel was previously a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Arkansas before transitioning to MMA several years ago. He’s won 6 of 7 fights and impressed the UFC’s Dana White with his willingness to take the Hardonk fight on short notice.

Record: 6-1-0

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Loss Antoni Hardonk TKO (Punches) UFC 92 – The Ultimate 2008 12/27/2008 2 2:09
Win Aaron Winterlee Submission SF – Subzero Fighting 8/2/2008 1 1:59
Win Rudy Lindsey Decision EFL – Extreme Fighting League 5/17/2008 2 5:00
Win Patrick Castillo Decision (Split) AOW – Gi’s vs Pro’s 4/19/2008 3 N/A
Win Mark Bier TKO RR – Ring Rulers 3/8/2008 1 0:45
Win Matt Thomas TKO SF – Subzero Fighting 1/12/2008 1 N/A
Win Matt Thomas KO AOW – Art of War 4 10/27/2007 1 2:42


Team Rampage

Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson Height: 6 ft 2 in Weight: 234.5 lb Background: A man of many talents – backyard brawler sensationalized on the Internet, part-time actor, NFL almost, bodyguard, and headlining fighter for the now-defunct EliteXC organization – Slice enters the competition with a bulls-eye squarely on his chiseled physique. Slice’s boxing is his strength, although critics point to it being overrated and unlikely to save him against true mixed martial artists. He suffered his first loss in 14 seconds via TKO last October to former UFC fighter Seth Petruzelli and has trained with MMA legend Bas Rutten. It was reported that Slice made over $500K for the Petruzelli fight.

Record: 3-1-0

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Loss Seth Petruzelli TKO (Punches) EliteXC – Heat 10/4/2008 1 0:14
Win James Thompson TKO (Punches) EliteXC – Primetime 5/31/2008 3 0:38
Win David Abbott KO (Punches) EliteXC – Street Certified 2/16/2008 1 0:43
Win Bo Cantrell Submission (Punches) EliteXC – Renegade 11/10/2007 1 0:19


Abe Wagner Height: 6 ft 2 in Weight: 265 lb Background: Fighting out of Omaha, NE and a member of MidAmerica Martial Arts, Wager has won 6 of 8 professional MMA fights including a recent win over previous UFC competitor Sherman Pendergarst. Wagner will look to use his size and striking to his advantage this season.

Record: 6-2-0

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Win Sherman Pendergarst Decision (Split) VFC 25 – Primetime 12/5/2008 5 5:00
Win Matt Andersen TKO VFC 21 – Infamous 12/7/2007 1 N/A
Win Steve Pilkington Submission (Armbar) VFC 20 – Aces 9/7/2007 N/A N/A
Loss Chris Blaire Submission (Armbar) PP – Punch Promotions 6/23/2007 2 2:45
Win Joel Traves TKO GGP – Good Guys Promotions 2/10/2007 1 1:42
Win Nick Rogers KO VFC 17 – Predators 12/9/2006 1 2:16
Loss Sunia Filikitonga TKO DFC 1 – Diesel Fighting Championships 1 6/30/2006 2 0:11
Win Matt Justice N/A AFC 5 – All Fighting Championships 5 1/6/2006 N/A N/A


Demico Rogers Height: 6 ft 4 in Weight: 235 lb Background: Hailing from the state of Washington, Rogers began training MMA at 25 and amassed an amateur record of 4-0 before being asked to join this season of TUF. A quick study, he won several grappling tournaments before transitioning to MMA and is thought to possess many of the tools necessary for a successful MMA career. He hasn’t fought professionally yet.

Record: 0-0-0


Wes Sims Height: 6 ft 10 in Weight: 260 lb Background: A three-time combatant in the UFC (UFC 43, 46, and 47), Sims is a colorful character who’s had memorable fights with former UFC champion Frank Mir and roughneck Mike Kyle. Sims has been a long-time friend of Mark Coleman and teammate in the Hammer House, and is among the tallest competitions ever in the UFC. Sims has fought professionally since 2001, has 22 victories to his credit, and will look to impose his unorthodox fighting style against challengers. Although many TUF contestants can’t wait to return home after the show, Sims joked that the Vegas house was preferable to his pre-show digs under a highway overpass in Ohio.

Record: 22-12-1

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Win Jason DeAngelo KO FCFS 29 – Battlefield 2 11/28/2008 1 0:18
Win Clifford Coon Submission FCFS 26 – Beach-N-Brawl 6/28/2008 1 1:32
Win William Clifford Submission (Guillotine Choke) FCFS 26 – Beach-N-Brawl 6/28/2008 1 2:12
Loss Steve Bosse Submission (Ankle Lock) TKO 34 – Sims vs. Bosse 6/7/2008 1 N/A
Loss Travis Fulton Decision (Unanimous) FF – Capitol Punishment 9/29/2007 3 N/A
Loss Chris Guillen TKO (Corner Stoppage) IFO – Eastman vs. Kimmons 7/7/2007 2 5:00
Win Daniel Long TKO FCFS 12 – Bloodsport 6/16/2007 1 N/A
Loss Chris Guillen Decision (Unanimous) AOW – Art of War 2 5/11/2007 3 5:00
NC Van Palacio No Contest PFC 2 – Fast and Furious 3/22/2007 1 0:54
Win William Jaggers Submission (Strikes) FCFS 7 – Fight Club 2/10/2007 1 0:28
Win Albert Palmer Submission (Strikes) FOG – Fists of Glory 12/9/2006 1 0:54
Win Anton Cano DQ MMA – Mexico 10/27/2006 2 N/A
Win Kimo Leopoldo TKO (Punches) Extreme Wars 5 – Battlegrounds 10/6/2006 1 3:21
Win Robert Hogan KO FCFS 3 – Full Contact Fight Series 9/16/2006 1 1:07
Win Jabari Hawthorne KO (Knee) HHCF 27 – Rumble at the Rodeo 2 9/2/2006 1 0:36
Win Paul Bowers Submission UFS 2 – Ultimate Fight Series 2 6/17/2006 1 0:39
Loss Daniel Gracie Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) IFL – Championship 2006 6/3/2006 1 2:42
Win Buddy Butler Submission (Strikes) UFS – Ultimate Fight Series 4/15/2006 1 0:50
Draw Daniel Gracie Technical Draw GFC – Team Gracie vs Team Hammer House 3/3/2006 2 5:00
Win Junpei Hamada Submission (Triangle Choke) RFN 2 – Ryukyu Fight Night 2 11/13/2005 1 3:07
Win Dustin Sutton TKO HHCF 22 – Rumble at the Rodeo 9/3/2005 1 N/A
Win Shane Lightle KO HHCF 21 – Redemption 8/26/2005 1 N/A
Loss Tim Sylvia TKO (Punches) SB 38 – SuperBrawl 38 12/12/2004 1 1:32
Loss Antoni Hardonk Submission (Keylock) ROTR 6 – Rumble on the Rock 6 11/20/2004 1 4:24
Win Joe Mellotte Submission (Strikes) EFC 9 – Extreme Fighting Challenge 9 9/10/2004 N/A N/A
Loss Ricardeau Francois TKO APEX – Genesis 9/5/2004 2 0:26
Loss Mike Kyle KO (Punch) UFC 47 – It’s On 4/2/2004 1 4:59
Loss Frank Mir KO (Punches) UFC 46 – Supernatural 1/31/2004 2 4:21
Loss Frank Mir DQ (Kicking a Downed Opponent) UFC 43 – Meltdown 6/6/2003 1 2:55
Win Marcus Silveira TKO HOOKnSHOOT – Absolute Fighting Championships 1 12/13/2002 2 2:13
NC Edwin Allseitz No Contest HHCF 3 – Unfinished Fury 10/19/2002 N/A N/A
Win Mike Shepard Submission (Guillotine Choke) WEF 12 – World Extreme Fighting 12 5/11/2002 1 3:00
Win John Harmon Submission (Triangle Choke) HHCF 1 – Backyard Brawl 5/4/2002 1 N/A
Win Joe Mellotte Submission (Triangle Choke) OCF – Ohio Cage Fights 3/23/2002 N/A N/A
Win Josh Mueller N/A UW – St. Cloud 1 3/15/2002 1 1:18
Win Mike Paduano TKO (Opponent refused to fight after stepping in the cage) RSF 7 – Animal Instinct 1/26/2002 1 N/A
Loss Dan Severn Decision RSF 2 – Attack at the Track 6/23/2001 3 4:00


Scott Junk Height: 6 ft 1 in Weight: 265 lb Background: Junk fought at UFC 76 Christian Wellisch losing by heal hook, and has also fought former UFC champion Ricco Rodriguez. He’s won 6 of 9 professional MMA fights and made his debut in 2005 after an All-American Division II college football career. Junk is a native of Hawaii and once only considered MMA a hobby.

Record: 6-2-1

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Draw Lolohea Mahe Draw X-1 – New Beginning 2/27/2009 3 5:00
Loss Christian Wellisch Submission (Heel Hook) UFC 76 – Knockout 9/22/2007 1 3:19
Win Jimmy Ambriz TKO (Corner Stoppage) MFC 12 – High Stakes 6/22/2007 1 5:00
Win Dominic Richard Submission (Verbal) MFC – Unplugged 3 4/20/2007 1 N/A
Win John George KO (Punch) Icon Sport – All In 2/9/2007 1 0:10
Win Corey Salter Decision (Unanimous) Extreme Wars 5 – Battlegrounds 10/6/2006 3 3:00
Win Hideki Tadao TKO (Strikes) ROTR 9 – Rumble on the Rock 9 4/21/2006 1 2:20
Win Vilatonu Fonokalaifi TKO (Punches and Elbows) ROTR 8 – Rumble on the Rock 8 1/20/2006 1 3:32
Loss Ricco Rodriguez Submission (Front Choke) ROTR 7 – Rumble On The Rock 7 5/7/2005 2 0:42


Wes Shivers Height: 6 ft 7 in Weight: 280 lb Background: A mountain of a man at 6 ft 7 in, Shivers is a previous All-SEC Offensive Tackle at Mississippi State University, just-miss NFL prospect, and retired police officer. A student of catch wrestling (think Josh Barnett’s fighting style), Shivers will look to leverage his size, reach, and catch wrestling to his advantage against all competitors on TUF. Shivers is 2-1 with both wins by KO since making his MMA debut last year.

Record: 2-1-0

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Loss Brad Tidwell KO Fightforce International: Blood and Sand VI 11/22/2008 2 0:00
Win Christopher Unknown Adams Fightforce International: Blood and Sand V 07/26/2008 1 0:00
Win Greg Maher KO Fight Force International: Blood and Sand 4 04/05/2008 1 1:42


Marcus Jones Height: 6 ft 6 in Weight: 265 lb Background: Marcus Jones was a first-round draft choice of the NFL’s Tampa Bay franchise in 1996 after a standout career at the University of North Carolina. He then went on to successfully play Defensive End for seven years in the NFL – all with Tampa Bay. He now trains at Gracie Tampa with instructor Rob Kahn and has won 3 of his 4 professional MMA fights. He’s made numerous appearances on satellite radio’s “Bubba the Love Sponge Show”. Jones hopes that the same level of aggressiveness that made him a star in the NFL will translate to success in the UFC.

Record: 4-1-0

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Win John Juarez TKO (Punches) XCF – Rumble in Racetown 1 2/14/2009 1 1:39
Win Mike Ottman TKO (Punches) RFC – Revolution Fight Club 2 12/19/2008 1 1:24
Loss Daniel Perez KO (Punches) WFC 6 – Battle in the Bay 3/22/2008 1 1:26
Win Eduardo Boza TKO (Punches) RFC 10 – Bad Blood 11/10/2007 1 2:32
Win Will Mora Submission (Kimura) WFC 5 – World Fighting Championships 5 10/26/2007 1 1:02


Zak Jensen Height: 6 ft 4 in Weight: 265 lb Background: Jensen trains at Gorilla Combat in Chanhassen, MN and has losses against UFC veterans Brad Imes and Mike Whitehead. He’s won 7 of 10 fights and has only been out of the first round once – win or lose. He wrestled and played football while attending college in Illinois and has decent strikes and wrestling. He has also fought at Super Heavyweight against opponents over 300 lb.

Record: 7-3-0

Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time
Win Matt Hirsch KO (Punches) Brutaal – Fight Night 2/21/2009 1 1:20
Loss Ryan Kotzea TKO (Punches) TCI – The Cage Inc. 2/13/2009 1 0:24
Win Mike Linger KO Brutaal – Fight Night 9/5/2008 1 0:12
Win Heath Roth Submission Brutaal – Fight Night 6/13/2008 1 1:25
Loss Mike Whitehead Submission (Armbar) Beatdown – 4 Bears Casino 5/10/2008 1 2:06
Win Chris Clark TKO Brutaal – Fight Night 5/2/2008 1 2:36
Win Mike Radnov TKO (Corner Stoppage) EC 85 – Extreme Challenge 85 10/6/2007 2 N/A
Loss Brad Imes Submission (Gogoplata) WFC – Downtown Throwdown 9/14/2007 1 1:31
Win Calvin Wittner Submission KO – Productions 8/11/2007 1 3:09
Win Justin Cox Submission (Guillotine Choke) EFX – Myth in Maplewood 8/2/2007 N/A N/A


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