The Ultimate Fighter 5‘s Corey Hill (1-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), an inexperienced 6-foot-4 155-pounder who had coaches and castmates salivating over his potential as an MMA fighter, suffered a rib injury and is home recovering. That’s why he won’t be on Saturday’s fight card for The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale, according to Jens Pulver, who coached Hill on the Spike TV reality series.
The news appeared in an interview that Sam Caplan of CBSSportsline.com conducted with Pulver, a former UFC champion.
Other than saying it was a “pretty bad tear,” Pulver wasn’t real sure about the severity of Hill’s injury. After all, Pulver says he’s been “hell bent on doing my own thing” while preparing for his own fight on Saturday — a bout against B.J. Penn that will headline Saturday’s Spike TV broadcast.
On The Ultimate Fighter 5, Hill was one of the show’s most memorable characters — both inside and outside the cage. He defeated Rob Emerson in a preliminary bout but lost to Nate Diaz in the quarterfinals.
Following the taping of the show, Pulver said that Hill spent two months training with him at the Miletich Fighting Systems camp in Iowa. Pulver first offered the invitation while they were taping the series In one episode, Pulver tells Hill he could make him a great fighter and told him he’d be more than welcome to train at MFS.
Hill did end up training in Iowa, but after the injury, he returned home to Colorado to heal and figure out the next steps for his career. Pulver didn’t rule out Hill possibly moving to Iowa for full-time training with the MFS team.
The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale takes place Saturday at The Palms in Las Vegas and airs live at 9 p.m. ET.
In the interview, Pulver also confirms that he’d be interested in moving to the WEC to fight in the organization’s 145-pound featherweight division — a weight class that the UFC doesn’t currently have.
The WEC is owned by Zuffa LLC, the UFC’s parent company.
However, Pulver said that he would, in fact, stay in the UFC if he beats Penn on Saturday and is granted a title shot. Pulver says that while it’s assumed Saturday’s winner will get a title shot against the winner of lightweight champion Sean Sherk and Hermes Franca (who fight on July 7), it isn’t a a guarantee.
For the full interview, head over to CBSSportsline.com.
I love how he's listed as 1-0 in MMA...I thought he's never fought before??