Earlier this month 12 of the 16 TUF Live fighters made their official UFC debuts at the season’s finale. The four that didn’t get their shot under the big lights were unable to fight on the card due to injuries sustained in the last few weeks of the season. One of the unlucky ones was Mike Rio.
The Ultimate Fighter Live format has come and gone. After 14 tape delayed seasons the reality series moved to FX, changed days and went Live. The new format brought Live elimination bouts each week and was supposed to rejuvenate the series, but that didn’t happen and the second season on FX will be going back to the tape delayed format.
It’d finally here; the first installment of the MMA Media Roundtable has arrived and the panel will take on UFC 146 & TUF Live in this the inaugural edition. The panel of three will each answer one question regarding last weekend’s historic UFC 146 and one on this seasons TUF Live, which wrapped up at Fridays Finale.
The live TUF experiment will come to a conclusion here with a card packed with TUF talent and a MMA fight to determine the upper crust of the Welterweight division. Being as this is a TUF Finale card though, we're going to have some slim pickings for wagers. I never condone wagers on TUF fighters at the finale due to the copious amount of X-factors involved with tough training conditions, big show jitters, inside knowledge of opponents and changing camps.
Since his time on The Ultimate Fighter season 11, middleweight Joseph Henle has done nothing but win. Defeating now UFC veteran Constantinos Philippou in the elimination round, Henle lost in the preliminary round to Seth Baczynski and was not brought back to fight in the finale.
Last night was the last episode of TUF Live before the finale that will crown another Ultimate Fighter winner on June 1st, from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final four fighters faced off tonight in the semifinals with two of them moving one step closer to the six figure UFC contract.
The latest episode of TUF Live served up the second half of the quarterfinal round, as well as announced the new opponent for Urijah Faber at UFC 148. Thus far one fighter from each team has advanced into the semifinals as James Vick (Team Cruz) and Michael Chiesa (Team Faber) now await the other two semifinalists.
After winning Season 7 of The Ultimate Fighter, Amir Sadollah (5-3) has had his share of peaks and valleys. In his first fight after TUF, and also his first fight at Welterweight, Amir lost via controversial TKO to Johny Hendricks in just twenty-nine seconds of the first round. Fortunately for him, he was able to bounce right back just three months later and pick up a decision victory over Phil Baroni in a very one-sided fight. Two months after that, he was right back in The Octagon again and picked up another tough decision victory over Brad Blackburn and it seemed like Amir was back in his groove.