TUF 6: Where Are They Now?

Tony PrestonCorrespondent IFebruary 9, 2009

The coaches were Matt Hughes and Matt Serra who are expected to finally meet in May at UFC 98. Teams Hughes was Dan Barrera, Blake Bowman, Mac Danzig, Paul Georgieff, Billy Miles, Dorian Price, Jared Rollins, and Tommy Speer. 

Team Serra was Matt Arroyo, Richie Hightower, John Kolosci, Jon Koppenhaver, Troy Mandaloniz, Ben Saunders, Joe Scarola, and George Sotiropoulos.

Dan Barrera lost in the first round of the tournament and then lost in the finale to Ben Saunders. He has fought twice for smaller promotions since the end of the show in September and October of 2008 winning both fights.

Blake Bowman who entered the show with no professional fights lost in the first round of the tournament and did not fight at the show's finale due to an ACL injury he suffered in the fight on the show. He has since gone 2-1 as a professional.

Mac Danzig was a seasoned veteran and the early favorite to win the tournament and did win the show winning all of his fights in the first round. Since the Finale, he has had three fights in the UFC going 1-2 defeating Mark Bocek then losing to Clay Guida and Josh Neer.

Paul Georgieff had to fight before he left to attend the funeral of a close relative and lost in the first round of the tournament and lost in the finale to Jonathan Goulet and has no fights listed since the finale.

Billy Miles was defeated in the first round of the tournament and lost to George Sotiropoulos in the finale.  He also has no fights listed since the finale.

Dorian Price lost in the first round of the tournament and then lost at the finale to Roman Mitichyan. He also has no fights listed since the finale.

Jared Rollins lost in the first round of the tournament and then lost in a fight of the night bout to Jon Koppenhaver at the finale. And was scheduled to fight Ben Saunders at UFC 87 but pulled out of the fight.

Tommy Speer made it to the finals of the tournament and lost to Mac Danzig. He then fought Anthony Johnson and lost in a brutal knockout. After that loss, he was released from the UFC.

He then fought three times for smaller promotions winning the first two and dropping a unanimous decision in a fight that he was a late replacement for Shonie Carter.  He announced his retirement from professional fighting after the loss saying that he could not both farm and fight.

Matt Arroyo was supposed to fight Mac Danzing in the semi finals of the tournament but had to pull out due to a rib injury. He defeated John Kolosci at the finale. Since the TUF 6 finale he has lost to Matt Brown at the TUF 7 finale and dropped a split decision to Dan Cramer at UFC 94. He is also an instructor at Gracie Tampa South.

Richie Hightower lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament and then lost in the finale to Troy Mandaloniz. After the lost he was released by the UFC and signed with Palace Fighting Championship and has los his only fight since the finale.

John Kolosci lost in the quarterfinals but then fought in the semifinals after an injury to Matt Arroyo where he lost to Mac Danzig again. He lost at the finale to Matt Arroyo and was released from the UFC. 

In an interview just after the finale he stated he planned on stringing a few wins together in smaller promotions then returning to the UFC however he has no fights listed since the finale.

Jon Koppenhaver lost in the first round of the tournament but then won against Jared Rollins at the finale. He lost his first fight after the finale to Yoshiyuki Yoshida.  After the fight he legally changed his name to his nickname War Machine due to TNA trademarking the name War Machine. 

Then, after posting on his Myspace that he thought Evan Tanner actually committed suicide and turning down a fight with Brandon Wolff, he was released from the UFC.  He then fought for a smaller promotion and won his fight. 

He then signed with Bellator Fighting Championship and was set to take place in their upcoming tournament that would air on ESPN Deportes. He recently posted on his Myspace that due to another Myspace posting saying that someone should "smoke" Obama he had been released by Bellator.

Anyone else notice a pattern starting to form.

He also stated that despite being released from two contracts due to controversial Myspace postings, he will continue to speak his mind.

Troy Mandaloniz lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament and won against Richie Hightower at the Finale. His next fight is scheduled to fight Paul Kelly at UFC 95.  He recently opened a gym with fellow UFC fighter Kendal Grove.

Ben Saunders lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament and won against Dan Barrera at the finale. He then won his next two fights in the UFC against Ryan Thomas and Brandon Wolff. He had to pull out of his next scheduled fight at UFC 96 due to a foot injury.

Joe Scarola was Matt Serra's star pupil and Serra's first pick. He lost in the first round then left the show. As a result, he was fired from his job at Matt Serra's gym and has since opened his own gym.

George Sotiropoulos lost in the semifinals and won against Billy Miles at the finale. And then defeated Roman Mitichyan at UFN 13 and has since had to pull out of bouts at UFC 87 and UFN 17 due to injuries.

Overall I feel that this cast was probably the worst in the history of the show so far.  Those that have fought for the UFC since the finale have gone a combined 4-6 with many of them no longer being with the UFC.

One of the best prospects from the show was Jon Koppenhaver but he has had trouble securing a promotion to fight for due to his affinity for posting controversial statements on his Myspace.


Note: Roman Mitichyan was not included due to his being dropped from the show in the first episode due to an elbow injury. He did however fight at the finale.

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