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TUF 21 – A Fresh Look for The Ultimate Fighter

Matthew Wells



***Update 4/22/15***

The first episode of the season aired tonight. Check out our recap that includes all of the final official rules of this season and round-by-round action of the fight.

We will recap each episode as they air throughout the season. Stay tuned!


We broke the news of the new format for this season of TUF back in January, before the UFC made the official announcement and released concrete details. The winning team will get $500,000 and the first ever Ultimate Fighter Team trophy. The series will not focus on Ricardo Liborio and Henri Hooft as originally speculated. The coverage outside of the cage will instead focus on a feud between American Top Team’s founder Dan Lambert and the Blackzilians’ Glenn Robinson. The fights will take place at both camps and not a neutral site, adding another unique angle to this format while creating a hostile environment for the visiting team. The welterweights competing in this new format of the show are:

AMERICAN TOP TEAM                                          
Marcelo Alfaya (16-7, 1NC) 
Steve Carl (21-4)                        
Nathan Coy (14-5)                           
Michael Graves (4-0)                           
Hayder Hassan (6-1)
Sabah Homasi (8-4)
Uros Jurisic (5-0)                      
Steve Montgomery (8-2).
Valdir Araujo (14-5)
Carrington Banks (3-0)
Luiz Buscape (16-5)
Jason Jackson (4-2)
Vicente Luque (7-4-1)
Andrews Nakahara (4-2-2)
Felipe Portela (8-2)
Kamarudeen Usman (5-1)


The Ultimate Fighter Season 21 will have a new twist to the usual format. Instead of two fighter-coaches picking their teams from a group after they have earned their way into the house, the new format will pit existing fight camps against each other. First reported by Jay Pagliaro and MMA Fight Radio, we will see American Top Team vs. The Blackzilians in the upcoming season. Filming for this season will soon take place in South Florida. Competing in this season will be welterweight fighters from their respective camps.

Expect to see a lot of Ricardo Liborio and Henri Hooft as they are expected to take the place of the fighter-coach, which will give the world a better insight of the greatness of these two mixed martial arts coaches.


Ricardo Liborio is the head instructor and co-founder of American Top Team. Having won many national championships in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he is heralded as one of the best BJJ black belts under Carlson Gracie. At American Top Team, he coaches some of the best fighters in the world such as current UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler, Hector Lombard, Tyron Woodley, Brad Pickett, and Jorge Masvidal.


Henri Hooft, a former kickboxer and world champion, is the head striking coach of The Blackzilians. He is widely viewed as one of mixed martial art’s most innovative striking coaches who currently trains an incredible lineup of UFC fighters such as Vitor Belfort, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, Rashad Evans, and Abel Trujillo to name just a few.

These camps are home to many established greats in MMA as well as many up and coming fighters. This new format of TUF will showcase those guys that are looking to establish themselves in the sport and earn a six-figure contract with the UFC.

This fresh look not only gives potential to other exciting camp-versus-camp matchups in future seasons, but brings a completely different look into how existing camps coach and train together on a daily basis.


Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

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  3. Gabriel Anibal Toribio

    January 6, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I proposed this idea years ago with another pitch with amateurs.

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”



Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217



UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.


This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results



Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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