The UFC’s signature reality series The Ultimate Fighter returns for its 10th season on Wednesday, Sep. 16 on Spike TV.
Marketed as the "heaviest" season ever, this is the first time in the show’s history that it will feature an all heavyweight cast.
The gold team will coached by “Sugar” Rashad Evans, while the silver team is led by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson .
This article is part of a 16-part preview of each of the 16 cast members.
The fighters are ranked on a one to five-star basis. A five-star rating means you are one of the favorites to win the show, while a two-star rating means you are a dark horse to make the finals.
The following rankings were originally posted at ultmma.com.
June 13, 2008 defeats Jay Lester in pro debut in just 30 seconds via TKO due to strikes
Brendan Schaub has quietly become a sleeper pick to win the TUF tournament. At 6'4 245 pounds Schaub is a physical specimen. The Colorado native was an all-state athlete in football and lacrosse. Schaub went on to play football for the Colorado Buffalos. In 2004 Schaub walked on to the perennial Big 12 power.
Schaub finished up his football career earning a spot on the Buffalo Bills practice squad and playing for the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League
Currently Schaub splits time between T's KO Club in Wheat Ridge, CO and Jackson's MMA in New Mexico. Top five UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin and Schaub have been sparring partners together since Schaub began his MMA career. The two big heavyweights who each played football are used to being constantly compared to one another
Their resumes look eerily similar. Schaub has finished his first four opponents in less than 90 seconds. Carwin has set the bar pretty high for his friend starting his career 11-0 with nine of those wins coming inside of 90 seconds
Schaub has the athleticism, size, and fight camp to go far in the UFC. Though green in many areas Schaub is just 26 years and will learn a lot while in the house with potential of making a deep run in the TUF 10 tournament.
May 2, 2009 TKO’s Rex Richards in the fourth round to capture Shark Fights Heavyweight title
Darrill Schoonover is 24 year old Army serviceman from Copperas Cove, TX. Schoonover still is in the active reserve. Based on his perfect record alone Schoonover is one of the favorites entering the house.
Schoonover is 10-0 with 10 stoppages since turning pro in 2008. He also has one pro boxing bout to his credit.
Schoonover is on the lighter side of the heavyweight scales, though reports have him weighing as high as 250 pounds during taping of the show. Depending on how much muscle he chooses to add or not add he may one day consider a move to light heavyweight.
The Texan’s last win came against Rex Richards in May of 2009. The agile Schoonover wore down the heavier Richards over the course of four rounds, eventually winning by a brutal display of ground and pound.
Schoonover is young and talented with all the skills necessary to be the last man standing in the house. If, Schoonover does win at least two fights in the tournament it would have to be considered a disappointment.
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