If you are not hyped for this upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 something must be wrong with you.
This season seems to have it all and not only that UFC is stacking up their heavyweight division to new heights and making it even stronger.
TUF 10 should and could go down in the history books as one of the greatest seasons yet.
Not only do we get to see Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans bark it out we get to see some possible interesting heavyweight match ups between this season’s cast members.
Okay so we all know about the brewing feud between Evans & Jackson but we are going to skip them at this current moment and focus on this season’s full of potential cast.
With the Ultimate Fighter Season 10 peaking just around the corner with a premier date of Sept. 16 it is time to take a look at (to some) an unfamiliar cast.
ZAK JENSEN (7-3-0)
Zak Jensen made is MMA debut on Aug. 2, '07 were he was successful as he defeated Justin Cox via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at EFX-Myth in Maplewood.
He would continue to with his submission trend and would go on to meet and eventually beat Calvin Wittner.
Jensen would go onto try and make a nice 3-0 start in his MMA career but would hit a road block when he met Season Two TUF cast member Brad Imes. Jensen would be defeated by Brad Imes via Submission (Gogoplata).
Jensen would eventually brush that loss off his shoulders and would look ahead to get back on track to his old win ways.
Jensen would look to switch up his win tactic by beating Mike Radnov via TKO (Corner Stoppage).
Being more comfortable with his stand up Jensen would win by TKO once again against fellow competitor Chris Clark.
But his winning ways would hit a road bump once again as past cast members of TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) seem to be his kryptonite.
Mike Whitehead would add a second loss to Jensen’s record with a submission (Armbar). But like a true competitor he would bounce back once again and win once again by submission against Heath Roth (Man he love’s making people tap).
After this fight he would compete in three more fights two wins by KO over Mike Linger & Matt Hirsch (Punches) and a loss by Ryan Kotzea via TKO (Punches).
With his submission skills and a good stand up game It looks like Jensen should have a nice ride on this season of TUF 10.
MARCUS JONES (4-1-0)
Marcus Jones set foot in a pair of football cleats before he even thought of setting foot in the UFC octagon.
Jones played college ball for the University of North Carolina and would end up being the first pick in the ’96 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...He would play all seven years of his NFL career for the Buccaneers.
After his career ended Jones turned his attention to the world of MMA as he was an active fan...Although there were many doubters Jones set that aside and wanted to prove the doubters that football players can become successful MMA stars as well.
He was set to face Will Mora for his first bout in the MMA world Oct. 26, '07 at WFC 5. Jones would make his MMA debut against Mora a successful one as he won via submission (kimura).
Marcus Jones went on to prove that he was right for the MMA world as he defeated Eduardo Boza via TKO.
But like every fighter he would go onto hit a road block as he would have to swallow his first loss via KO against Daniel Perez.
This would not hold Jones back as his next two wins were by TKO (Punches) over Mike Ottman & John Juarez.
To some, Marcus Jones seems to be the pre-show favorite to this season of The Ultimate Fighter. Will he be able to extend his dominance in the octagon? We will just have to wait and see.
SCOTT JUNK (6-2-1)
Standing at 6’1" and weighing at 265, Junk looks to make this TUF run an impressive one.
Junk started off his MMA career with a disappointing loss to past competitor Ricco Rodriguez via submission (front choke).
Although this may have stung Scott Junk did not let this loss derail his mind off track to a successful career in MMA.
He looked to start off again with a win in his next matchup with Vilatonu Fonokalaifi with an impressive TKO (punches and elbows) win.
Junk would continue to make an impressive run with five fights win streak after his first win over the likes of Hideki Tadao, Corey Salter, John George, Dominic Richard, Jimmy Ambritz.
But the winning streak would come to disappointing stop as he had his shot to make a statement in the UFC octagon...Christian Wellisch would derail Junk’s plans on making a home out of UFC as he would beat Junk via submission (heel hook).
Junk would look to rebound from this loss but would go onto a draw with Lolohea Mahe.
Now Scott Junk as a second chance to make another run at the UFC will this time be a successful one we will see.
JON MADSEN (1-0-0)
Jon Madsen is somewhat of a rookie if you would say...Well actually he is a rookie with only one fight under his belt.
But Madsen is here to prove on this season’s The Ultimate Fighter that he is a force to be reckoned with.
Madsen made his MMA debut Aug. 16, '08 at TCI- Shock Wave with a win over Ryan Kotzea with method of win disclosed.
With over a year without a another fight and only one fight under his belt at that would this make Madsen easy pickings for the veterans?
JAMES MCSWEENEY (3-4-0)
James McSweeney is looking to make a statement this season by knocking out the competition...literally.
He would start off with his KO ways by demonstrating on Mark Buchanan with a win by TKO (punches).
McSweeney would go on a two fight losing streak with a submission loss against Robert Paczkow and a TKO (punches) loss against Mustapha al Turk.
James McSweeney would look to make an epic rebound by beating Chris Cooper via TKO and Roman Webber KO (knee).
But James would once again be knocked off winning lane as he would suffer two loses.
Neil Grove would give McSweeney a dose of his own mediation with a TKO and Ricardo Romero would win with an impressive submission (rear-naked choke).
McSweeney is leaving those last two losing fights on the back burner and is hoping to make a impressive streak into the UFC by winning TUF 10.
MATT MITRIONE (0-0-0)
Being brand new to the MMA world, Mitrione looks to make this season of TUF 10 a great experience.
ROY NELSON (13-4-0)
Roy Nelson is looking to make The Ultimate Fighter season 10 the starting point to a bright future in the UFC.
Roy Nelson looking to be the most experience and most credentialed being the former IFL Heavyweight champion is looking to be the winner of this season.
Nelson would go on an impressive roll of a winning streak by defeating fellow opponents Bo Cantrell, Jerry Vrbanovic, Ray Seraille, Michael Buchkovich, Jason Godsey, and Jerome Smith.
He would hit a bump in the road with a loss to Josh Curran via Decision (unanimous).
Nelson would go on a two peat with two wins by TKO (punches) over Vince Lucero & Mario Rinaldi.
Hitting another bump in the road and that bump being a big one Nelson would lose to Ben Rothwell via Decision (split).
Roy Nelson would go on another winning with five wins in a row...He would defeat the likes of Shane Ott, Bryan Vetell, Antoine Jaoude, Fabiano Scherner, and runner up in TUF season two Brad Imes.
Nelson would have two hard loses against two former dominant UFC Heavyweights Andrei Arlovski via KO (punches) & Jeff Monson via Decision (unanimous).
Will Roy be able to force his way into the UFC by being the next Ultimate Fighter?
Well that is it for part one of The Ultimate Fighter 10: Meet the Heavyweights see you in part two.
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