TUF 15 Cast of 32 lightweights unveiled.
I'm assuming half of these are welterweights? :)
Never knew Andy Ogle was applying, he is legit and also a funny guy so I hope for house shinanigans :p Gutted Rob Sinclair didn't get in though :( Miles Jury is back too. And no Bud, I don't think so of those which I recognise they are all lightweight. 16 fights in the opening show; awesome!
P.S I had a fit when I saw Hull on the list cos I didn't know we had any fighters, but then I remembered Americans just aren't very original with place names. Still, I can get behind him ;)
Bit more info...
•Akbarh Arreloa (19-6), Mexico. Best win: Submitted Gabe Reudiger (11-3) in 2007
•Al Iaquinta (5-1), America. Best win: TKO'd Joshua Key (4-2) in 2009
•Ali Maclean (9-5), N.Ireland. Best win: Submitted Martin Van Staden (8-2) in 2011
•Andy Ogle (8-1), England. Best win: Decision'd Shay Walsh (6-0) in 2011
•Austin Lyons (9-1), America. Best Win: Submitted Ben Loman (11-4) in 2011
•Brendan Weafer (6-3), America. Best Win: Submitted Mike Santiago (5-2) in 2011
•Chris Tickle (7-4), America. Best win: Decision'd Brian Geraghty (24-16) in 2011
•Cody Pfister (6-3), America. Best win: TKO'd Isias Martinez (8-3) in 2011
•Cristiano Marcello (12-3), Brazil. Best win: Submitted Freddy Thole (5-0) in 2010
•Chase Hackett (4-2), America. Best win: Submitted Ian Stonehouse (4-5) in 2011
•Chris Saunders (9-2), America, *Bellator Vet*. Best win: TKO'd George Valdez (4-0) in 2010.
•Dakota Cochrane (11-2), America. Best win: Decision'd Jamie Varner (17-5) in 2011
•Daron Cruickshank (10-2), America. Best win: Decision'd Mike Ricci (5-1) in 2011
•Drew Dober (7-3), America. Best win: TKO'd Jordan Johnson (5-0) in 2011
•Erin Beach (3-1), America. Best win: Decision'd Joao Silva (3-2) in 2010
•James Krause (15-4), America. *WEC & Bellator vet*. Best win: TKO'd Nathan Schut (15-5) in 2011
•James Vick (4-0), America. Best win: Decision'd Chris Pecero (4-2) in 2011
•Jared Carlsten (3-0), America. Best win: Submitted Dominic Gutierrez (0-2) in 2009
•Jeff Smith (9-1), America. Best win: Decision'd Cody Stevens (8-3) in 2011
•Jeremy Larsen (8-2), America. Best win: Decision'd Sammy Ciurdar (6-3) in 2011
•Joe Proctor (7-1), America. Best win: Decision'd Matt Bessette (7-2) in 2011
•John Cofer (7-1), America. Best win: Decision'd Marius Cijba (7-0) in 2011
•Johnavan Vistante (3-1), America. Best win: Submitted Brenson Hansen (2-0) in 2011
•Jon Tuck (6-0), Guam. Best win: KO'd Eduard Folayang (5-0) in 2009
•Jordan Rinaldi (5-0), America. Best win: Submitted Dennis Bermudez (7-1) in 2010
•Justin Lawrence (3-0), America. Best win: Decision'd Pete Martin (2-1) in 2010
•Mark Glover (6-1), England. Best win: Submitted Aaron Wilkinson (2-1) in 2009
•Michael Chiesa (7-0), America. Best win: Submitted Matt Coble (4-3) in 2011
•Myles Jury (9-0), America. *TUF Vet*. Best win: Submitted Sam Oropeza (4-0) in 2010
•Mike Rio (8-1), America. Best win: TKO'd Zach Juusola (8-1) in 2011
•Sam Sicilia (10-0), America. Best win: Submitted Charron Spain (6-5) in 2011
•Vinc Pichel (6-0), America. Best win: TKO'd David Gardner (18-18) in 2011
9 unbeaten fighters, 5 different nationalities (though most American), Bellator & WEC vets - on the whole it seems like they've got a good group together. The records are good this year too - lots of guys with 8-2, 7-1, 6-0 sorta records.
My top 5 picks are...
Myles Jury (TUF vet)
Dakota Cochrane (beat Varner)
Daron Cruickshank (beat Ricci)
Jordan Rinaldi (beat Bermudez)
Mike Rio (beat Juusola)
Also interested to see how Jon Tuck does against these Americans, and also how Krause does after going 0-3 in WEC & Bellator.
The smart money is on Myles Jury.
In a 32 man tourney there really is no smart money hahaha :D
All of these are good fighters with a chance of winning.
Good selection, but does the UFC really need MORE Lightweights?
I hope they will let us bet on the fights since it will be live this time around and count and all that, would make it more fun.
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