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‘The Ultimate Fighter’ 24 casts regional champions as competitors

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It has been announced by the UFC that the latest installment of The Ultimate Fighter will boast not just up-and-coming talent, but champions as contestants for the show’s tournament.

TUF 24 will include the following current champions:

  • Adam Antolin: (11-3), 34, of California, U.S.
  • Alexandre Pantoja: (16-2), 26, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Brandon Moreno: (11-3), 22, of Baja California, Mexico
  • Charlie Alaniz (8-1), 30, of Victoria, Australia
  • Damacio Page: (19-10), 33, of New Mexico, U.S.
  • Eric Shelton: (10-2), 25, of Illinois, U.S.
  • Hiromasa Ogikubo: (15-3), 29 of Chiba, Japan
  • Jamie Alvarez (6-1), 28, of Florida, U.S.
  • Kaiwhare Kara-France: (12-5), 23, of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Matt Rizzo: (9-2), 30, of Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Matt Schnell: (9-2), 26, of Louisiana, U.S.
  • Nkazimulo Zulu: (7-2), 27, of Geuteng, South Africa
  • Ronaldo Candido: (6-0), 27, of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Terrence Mitchell: (11-2), 26, of Alaska, U.S.
  • Tim Elliott: (16-6), 29, of Kansas, U.S.
  • Yoni Sherbatov: (5-0-1), 27, of Quebec, Canada

Eight countries will be represented, and a few notable names will take part in the show such as UFC veteran Tim Elliott, and Jackson/Winkeljohn product Damacio Page.

Earlier in the year, it was revealed that the format for this upcoming season would have a slight difference from previous ultimate fighter shows. Aside from winning a contract, the winner of this season will earn a title shot against the Flyweight champion and current # 1 pound for pound UFC fighter, Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson.

The last time a winner of the show’s tournament received a title shot was ten years ago when Matt Serra won the ultimate fighter 4: the comebacks season. Serra went on to defeat the Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, winning his first world title.

The show’s coaches will have former title challengers Joseph Benavidez (24-4) and Henry Cejudo (10-1) overlooking and training the athletes. Both are slated to face one another at the finale in the co-main slot with the flyweight champion, Johnson defending his title against the show’s winner in the main event.

The Ultimate Fighter Finale will take place on Dec. 3rd in Las Vegas. Be sure to stay tuned as more will be announced surrounding the finale’s venue and fight card.

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Watch: Bellator 185 Prelims

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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.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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

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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

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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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