Who Are the Best Prospects to Come out of Both Current TUF Series?
The Ultimate Fighter—both the American and Australian/British version of the show—has been chugging along for some time now.
In each respective show's talent pool, there are a few guys who look ready for the UFC.
To catch you up, the UK is currently beating Australia in their version of the show by a score of 4-3. Meanwhile, the American version of the show has seen Team Carwin and Nelson fight to a 3-3 tie at this point.
With many episodes left to go, let's look at some of the best prospects each show has to offer.
TUF: The Smashes has a few intriguing prospects, but the resident clown of the house, Colin Fletcher, has intriguing credentials.
At 8-1 and already in the semifinals, Fletcher has long arms and a large frame. The submission specialist cashed his ticket to the semifinals with a decision victory over Ben Wall.
His size and skill make him a likeable prospect. His personality makes him marketable fighter.
Another submission specialist, Norman Parke has the experience and skill to make a splash in the UFC ranks.
My favorite to win the tournament in the lightweight division, Parke is another big lightweight. He defeated Richie Vaculik via decision to make his way to the semifinals.
Parke has one more fight to win on the show to make it into the finals. He has all the tools to do it.
Ben Alloway is a prospect that I've had my eye on. He has a chance to be a solid welterweight in the UFC.
His ticket to the semifinals saw him plant Valentino Petrescu with punches to earn the knockout victory. Now he has to win one more fight to get the contract with the UFC.
His well-roundedness gives him a great chance for success in the UFC.
My favorite to win the welterweight tournament, Robert Whittaker is another guy that I've had my eye on for a while.
He is a well-rounded and lethal fighter, and has never gone to the scorecards in his victories. He quickly knocked out Luke Newman to punch his way into the semifinals.
Keep an eye on him, going forward. He is going to be a tough guy to handle.
The American version of TUF has yet to see Mike Ricci fight his way into the quarterfinals, but he is definitely one of the top guys on the show.
Normally a lightweight, Ricci is fighting at welterweight for just a chance at gaining a UFC contract. He clobbered Jason South with punches to get him into the house, even though he looked like an accountant to Dana White.
A training partner of Georges St-Pierre, watch out for him if he makes the UFC.
Another guy who hasn't fought to get into the quarterfinals yet, Dom Waters is an intriguing prospect due to his size, length and power.
His fight in the elimination round saw him quickly knock out Kevin Nowaczyk. It earned him a second overall pick in the competition, and the first overall pick of Team Nelson.