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#1 DeadlyDirk

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:31 AM

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So the TUF 18 cast members were revealed today, any personal favourites going into the show?

You can check out profiles of the male cast here and profiles of all the females here

I'll be rooting for all of the UK guys and girls to make things a bit more interesting, Chris Holdsworth who's a BJJ black belt and trains at Team Alpha Male will probably be a strong contender, Sweden's Sirwin Kakai who trains at American Top Team could also be one to watch out for.

As for the females I'm not really to sure, given there experience you'd think Shayna Baszler and Tara LaRosa who trains at Greg Jackson's gym would be among the favourites.

Female Bantamweights:
Shayna Baszler (15-8), 33, Sioux Fall, S.D.
Revelina Berto (3-1), 24, Winter Haven, Fla.
Jessamyn Duke (2-0, 1NC), 27, Richmond, Ky.
Tonya Evinger (11-6), 32, Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Laura Howarth (4-0), 26, Hove, East Essex, ENG
Tara LaRosa (21-3), 35, Albuquerque, N.M.
Valerie Letourneau (4-3), 30, La Prairie, CAN
Bethany Marshall (4-1), 25, Newport News, Va.
Sarah Moras (3-1), 25, Kelowna, CAN
Margaret “Penny” Morgan (2-0), 33, Nashua, N.H.
Gina Mazany (3-0), 25, Seattle, Wash.
Roxanna Modafferi (15-10), 30, Pittsfield, Mass.
Julianna Pena (4-2), 24, Spokane, Wash.
Raquel Pennington (3-3), 24, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jessica Rakoczy (1-3), 36, Las Vegas, Nev.
Colleen Schneider (4-3), 31, Las Vegas, Nev.

Male Bantamweights:
Christopher Beal (7-0), 28, Somis, Calif.
Cody Bollinger (14-3), 22, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Louis Fisette (6-1), 23, Winnipeg, CAN
Rafael Freitas (6-0-1), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
David Grant (8-1), 27, Bishop Auckland, ENG
Tim Gorman (9-2), 30, West Des Moines, Iowa
Anthony Gutierrez (4-0), 22, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Emil Hartsner (4-0), 23, Luberod, SWE
Joshua Hill (9-0), 26, Binbrook, CAN
Chris Holdsworth (4-0), 25, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Patrick Holohan (9-0-1), 25, Dublin, IRL
Sirwan Kakai (9-1), 23, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Daniel Martinez (18-4), 28, San Diego, Calif.
Matthew Munsey (4-1), 26, Hollywood, Fla.
Lee Sandmeier (9-0), 30, Knoxville, Iowa
Michael Wootten (6-0), 24, Liverpool, ENG
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:35 AM

Tara LaRosa could be a good fight for Ronda -- her last fight though she just seemed off not sure if age kicking in or just something else that night
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:09 AM

do they still have to win to get in the house, so only 8 guys and 8 girls will make it in?
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:20 AM

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:10 AM

The woman's cast has some pretty experienced fighters in it with Baszler, Evinger, LaRosa, and Modafferi. The only guy I've heard of in the mens is Bollinger.
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 10:58 AM

Tara LaRosa (21-3), 35, Albuquerque, N.M.


She sounds really experienced. How is she not in the UFC already? Is it her age?
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 11:04 AM

She sounds really experienced. How is she not in the UFC already? Is it her age?


Yeah thought about the same thing too. Maybe they want to introduce her to the UFC fans Kimbo style through TUF? =)
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:42 PM

do they still have to win to get in the house, so only 8 guys and 8 girls will make it in?


Yeh that's right, only 8 girls and 8 guys will make it into the house, 16 in total.

She sounds really experienced. How is she not in the UFC already? Is it her age?


It certainly is an odd one, she holds a win over current UFC competitor Alexis Davis and has only lost twice her last twenty or so fights. She is 35 though so perhaps they feel she's on the downhill of her career a little. Or as PBR said, it may just be to give her some hype going into the UFC.

As per usual I'd expect half a dozen or so of the fighters to be given shots in the UFC following the show, so unless she has a real stinker, she's almost certainly going to be one of them.

In other UFC Female news, if anyone missed it, Sheila Gaff was given the unfortunate honour recently of being the first women to be released from the UFC, following losses in her first two UFC bouts.
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:46 PM

Will be interesting to see how it all will go down in the fighter house since there is men and women under the same roof this time (plus alcohol). WILL THERE BE... FUCKING? :D :D
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 01:29 PM

Will be interesting to see how it all will go down in the fighter house since there is men and women under the same roof this time (plus alcohol). WILL THERE BE... FUCKING? :D :D


Just hope it does not get to Real world on us. Then again if they show a little Boob action im ok with that.
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 11:08 PM

I already know who I am rooting for this season, its Tim Gorman, he is from just down the road about an hour south of me. I don't know him but it would be cool to see him win :D
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Posted 17 August 2013 - 11:36 AM

What the woman's MMA need is someone who is 24/25 to really shine during this season's TUF. They need more "stars" than just Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey. I'm saying those 2 because they've had the most media exposure.
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Posted 17 August 2013 - 02:32 PM

She's not in TUF, but former boxer Holly Holm could be one to watch out for, she'd no doubt be extremely disadvantaged in the grappling but could pose significant problems for her standing.

You can check out her most recent bout here, with the knockout happening about 9 minutes in, it's a beauty!

Despite being a boxer you can see she's rapidly improving the rest of her game with some tasty kicks, trains with Mike Winkeljohn down at Greg Jackson's and given her pro boxing background, she's someone the UFC could bring in with a bit of hype.
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Posted 17 August 2013 - 02:37 PM

Seen that KO, what a beautiful kick! :drool:
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Posted 17 August 2013 - 03:02 PM

Yah Holm is good, Invicta has a few girls to would shine if the UFC opens a 115 pound division. Tara La rosa and Miesha don't get along so i'm guessing she's gonna be on ronda's team. I've seen Cody Bollinger fight before he lost but it was against Din Thomas. That kid has potential he just has to keep his head on straight
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Posted 17 August 2013 - 05:18 PM

Holm ducked Brækhus so hard she ended up in Bellator somehow.
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Posted 02 September 2013 - 02:25 AM

Tara LaRosa vs Roxanna Modafferi for womens final and Daniel Martinez vs Cody Bollinger for mens final. I think LaRosa will win the womens final but as for the mens final i think it would be a close one but Martinez only losses are to top notch competitors but Bollinger unlike Houston Alexander, is for real
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Posted 02 September 2013 - 03:33 AM

Tara LaRosa could be a good fight for Ronda -- her last fight though she just seemed off not sure if age kicking in or just something else that night


Honestly I think that being 35 and female has a bigger impact than being 35 and male. And especially since men can use that TRT. So it might have been age.
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Posted 02 September 2013 - 03:35 AM

Will be interesting to see how it all will go down in the fighter house since there is men and women under the same roof this time (plus alcohol). WILL THERE BE... FUCKING? :D :D


I mean they are secluded with the opposite sex and working out and fighting I am sure that there will be some behind the scenes extras going on during the after hours.
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Posted 02 September 2013 - 04:16 AM

gonna be a fuckin orgy in there.... should be a good season
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