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Short descriptions of the 32 fighters selected for the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter. This season will feature only lightweights & premiers this Friday with a two-and-a-half-hour live show!!! Beside the fighters name I will include the name of the PG-member who has the fighter selected in JJeans TUF15 Sidegame. There is still quality fighters not selected by anyone so click the following link & claim your horse. jjeans tuf15 side game

Akbarh Arreola (Chula Vista, Calif.) - Twenty20Dollars
Record: 19-6
Easily the season’s most experienced entrant, Arreola made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2002. A winner in 15 of his past 17 bouts, the Mexico-based welterweight has not fought since August, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Ronys Torres at Shooto Brazil 25. Arreola owns a 2007 submission victory over former WEC lightweight champion and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 alum Gabe Ruediger.

Erin Beach (San Diego, Calif.) - free agent
Record: 3-1
The 6-foot-2 Beach trains out of the same Alliance MMA gym that spawned reigning UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Anchored by an extensive amateur boxing career, he put away Roscoe Jackson under the Bellator Fighting Championships banner in October, when he submitted the journeyman with a first-round rear-naked choke at Bellator 55. Beach has also spent time as an MMA instructor at a Team Nogueira branch in San Diego.

Daron Cruickshank (Wayne, Mich.) - mrkennedy
Record: 10-2
Cruickshank, a Ringside MMA champion, has won four consecutive fights. He extended that streak in December, when he stopped Jesse Gross on first-round punches and elbows under the Score Fighting Series banner in Canada. The 26-year-old Westland, Mich., native has secured six of his 10 professional victories by first-round knockout or technical knockout.

Drew Dober (Omaha, Neb.) - Malaussie
Record: 7-3
An accomplished muay Thai practitioner, Dober cut his teeth inside the Victory Fighting Championship and Titan Fighting Championship promotions. The 23-year-old Omaha, Neb., native has already dipped his toe in the waters of big-league MMA; he made his Bellator Fighting Championships debut in April 2010, submitting Nick Nolte with a first-round arm-triangle choke. Dober was undefeated (12-0) as an amateur.

Mark Glover (Liverpool, England) - Rabi
Record: 6-1-1
Glover, on a three-fight winning streak, has delivered five of his six professional victories by submission. His list of victims includes “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 alum Aaron Wilkinson, a man he defeated by rear-naked choke in 2009. Glover, who has spent his entire career in his native England, last fought in November, when he submitted Stuart Davies with a second-round arm-triangle choke under the Olympian MMA Championships banner.

Chase Hackett (Littleton, Colo.) - emfleek
Record: 4-1
A teammate of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 alum Chris Camozzi, Hackett has submitted his last two opponents inside the first round. Nicknamed “Prison Stare,” the 25-year-old Littleton, Colo., native trains out of the Factory X Muay Thai dojo. Interestingly enough, Hackett owns a 2009 victory over fellow Season 15 invitee Drew Dober.

Al Iaquinta (Wantagh, N.Y.) - prozacnation1978
Record: 5-1-1
Long lauded as one of the top prospects in the Northeastern United states, Iaquinta suffered his first professional setback in November, when he succumbed to a first-round armbar from UFC veteran Pat Audinwood at Ring of Combat 38. The 24-year-old Serra-Longo Fight Team representative has finished four opponents in 1:47 or less.

Myles Jury (San Diego, Calif.) - Pmoney
Record: 9-0
Originally cast on Season 13 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Jury was forced to withdraw due to a serious knee injury. The 23-year-old Hazel Park, Mich., native has finished all nine of his opponents inside the first round, four of them in less than a minute. Jury has 20-, 48-, 49-, 57-, and 69-second victories on his unblemished resume. He trains out of The Arena camp in San Diego.

James Krause (Blue Springs, Mich.) - Khaos
Record: 15-4
A WEC veteran with a wealth of experience, Krause will enter the competition on a three-fight winning streak. The 25-year-old K2L Grindhouse representative last appeared under the Resurrection Fighting Alliance banner in December, when he needed less than half a minute -- 26 seconds to be exact -- to knock out Mark Korzenowski with a head kick. Krause holds a 2008 submission victory against “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 finalist Michael Johnson.

Justin Lawrence (Villa Ridge, Mo.) - Playground_Samurai
Record: 3-0
Lawrence made his professional MMA debut in Strikeforce in late 2010, defeating Max Martyniouk by technical decision. A decorated boxer and kickboxer based near St. Louis, the 21-year-old last fought in November, when he submitted Jason Webb with a first-round armbar inside the Fight Me MMA promotion.

Austin Lyons (Cordova, Tenn.) - Bubbles
Record: 9-1
Lyons lasted just 10 seconds in his professional debut back in June 2009. He has not lost since, rattling off nine consecutive victories and establishing himself as one of the top lightweights in the Southeast. The South Carolina native trains out of Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu in Tennesee and has held titles inside the Empire Fighting Championships and Prestige Fights promotions. Lyons has recorded seven of his nine wins by submission.

Ali Maclean (Belfast, North Ireland) - Franklinfan47
Record: 9-5
Maclean has broken out of his .500 shell and won his last four fights by North-South choke-induced submission. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland has honed his skills on the European circuits, having competed inside both the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and British Association of Mixed Martial Arts promotions. Maclean has gone the distance only once in 14 professional outings. All five of his losses have come via submission.

Cristiano Marcello (Curitiba, Brazil) - Basshandsome
Record: 12-3
Perhaps the most intriguing cast member on paper, Marcello once headed the jiu-jitsu program at the famed Chute Boxe Academy. A Pride Fighting Championships veteran and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, he has scored nine of his 12 professional wins by submission. Marcello, the Nitrix Show Fight lightweight champion, may be best known for a backstage altercation with Charles Bennett at a Pride event in 2005 during which he rendered the man they call “Krazy Horse” unconscious with a triangle choke.

Andy Ogle (Tynemouth, England) - tattflash
Record: 8-1
Ogle will enter “The Ultimate Fighter” competition on the strength of a seven-fight winning streak. Anchored at the Yasamasu MMA camp, the 23-year-old Englishman has not fought since November, when he captured a unanimous verdict from Shay Walsh in the Olympian MMA Championships 12 main event. Ogle has finished five of his eight wins.

Jordan Rinaldi (Matthews, N.C.) - Poor Franklin
Record: 5-0
Some view Rinaldi as one of the Top 10 lightweight prospects in the world. The 24-year-old North Carolinian has submitted his last four opponents, including “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 finalist Dennis Bermudez. A stout wrestler with a rapidly developing submission game, the unbeaten Rinaldi has not fought since November, when he submitted Tenyeh Dixon -- a man who reportedly outweighed him by some 25 pounds -- with a second-round armbar at a Complete Devastation MMA event.

Mike Rio (Miami, Fla.) - LuckyCharms
Record: 8-1
A standout on the regional scene in South Florida, Rio has won eight of his first nine bouts, losing only to “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Efrain Escudero. The 30-year-old rebounded from that July 2011 decision defeat with back-to-back wins over Zach Juusola and John Ortolani. Already a potent finisher, Rio has delivered seven of his eight wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

Chris Saunders (Long Beach, Calif.) - ChrisSabal
Record: 9-2
Saunders saw his seven-fight winning streak interrupted by a unanimous decision loss to Chris Horodecki under the Bellator Fighting Championships banner in July. The 25-year-old Montreal native trains out of the All In MMA camp in California. Saunders scored the most significant victory of his career in April 2011, when he knocked out Cleber Luciano.

Jeff Smith (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) - FlashyG
Record: 9-1
Smith’s mixed martial arts career got off to an inauspicious start, as he was submitted in just 61 seconds in his pro debut. The 24-year-old has not lost since, having secured seven of his nine victories via tapout. Smith went the distance in his latest outing, earning a unanimous nod over Cody Stevens at Pennsylvania Fighting Championship 6 in November.

Jon Tuck (Hagtna, Guam) - jjeans
Record: 6-0
Tuck has stopped all six of his opponents inside one round. The 27-year-old Guam-based lightweight’s list of victims includes the highly regarded Eduard Foloyang, whom he knocked out in eight seconds back in 2009. It remains the lone blemish on Foloyang’s resume. Tuck last fought in November, when he knocked out Tristan Arenal at a Pacific Xtreme Combat show.

James Vick (Fort Worth, Texas) - free agent
Record: 4-0
A Phalanx MMA representative based in Texas, the undefeated Vick has been out of the fire since September, when he took a unanimous decision from Chris Pecero at a Back Alley Promotions show. The 25-year-old had finished his three previous opponents inside the first round. Vick has only been fighting professionally for eight months.

Johnavan Vistante (Pearl City, Hawaii) - free agent
Record: 3-1
Vistante made the 32-member cast with only four professional bouts under his belt. The Hawaiian’s only loss came in a November 2010 decision to UFC veteran Bernardo Magalhaes. Training as part of the Sit You Down team, Vistante has shrugged off his first encounter with adversity and finished two straight opponents since.

Brendan Weafer (New York, N.Y.) - free agent
Record: 6-3
Weafer will carry a two-fight winning streak into the reality series, having submitted Mike Santiago with a first-round triangle choke at an Xtreme Fight Events show in July. The New York-based hopeful leans on his background in tae kwon do, wrestling and muay Thai. Weafer has recorded five of his six professional victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

Jared Carlsten (Los Angeles, Calif.) - free agent
Record: 3-0
Carlsten trains out of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu and the Punck Kick Grapple Training Center in California. The 31-year-old holds a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt under Eddie Bravo, who, in 2010, claimed Carlsten had the “best rubber guard in professional MMA.” He has secured all three of his professional victories by submission. Carlsten needed a little more than two minutes to dispatch Chris Munzo in his latest outing, which resulted in a first-round triangle choke-induced tapout inside the MEZ Sports promotion in November 2010.

Michael Chiesa (Spokane Valley, Wash.) - Sparky
Record: 7-0
A teammate of Strikeforce veteran Lyle Beerbohm, Chiesa has submitted each of his past four foes inside one round. The undefeated 24-year-old last competed in October, when he needed just 45 seconds to submit Darrell Fenner with a rear-naked choke at CageSport 16 in Tacoma, Wash. Chiesa has favored a choke-heavy attack to this point in his career.

Dakota Cochrane (Omaha, Neb.) - shaneTpain
Record: 11-2
Cochrane has recorded seven wins in eight outings, including his upset over former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner inside the Titan Fighting Championship promotion in September. The 25-year-old Nebraskan has trained extensively with current UFC welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger. Cochrane’s unanimous decision defeat to Ramico Blackmon in December halted his career-best streak of seven consecutive wins. He has delivered six of his 11 professional victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

John Cofer (Hull, Ga.) - Budge
Record: 7-1
Rooted at the same Hardcore Gym that produced former WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles, Cofer will enter “The Ultimate Fighter” on the strength of a four-fight winning streak. The 27-year-old Georgian captured his first professional title in October, as he outdueled Marius Cujba for five rounds en route to a unanimous decision within the Fight Party promotion.

Jeremy Larsen (Phoenix, Ariz.) - hotrodttt
Record: 8-2
Another promising prospect out of the Arizona Combat Sports camp, Larsen has been fighting professionally since 2006. His only two defeats have come to UFC veterans: a December 2007 decision loss to Edgar Garcia and a January 2011 submission setback to “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Efrain Escudero. Larsen has secured more than half (five) of his eight victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

Cody Pfister (Amarillo, Texas) - free agent
Record: 6-3
Pfister has posted back-to-back wins on the heels of a three-fight losing streak. A veteran of the Shark Fights and King of the Cage promotions, the Texan has not appeared since Shark Fights 21 in November, when he stopped Isaias Martinez on first-round punches. Pfister’s last four fights have all ended inside the first round.

Vinc Pichel (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) - free agent
Record: 6-0
Pichel, who operates out of Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy, has secured all six of his wins by knockout or technical knockout. The 29-year-old was 10-1 as an amateur. Pichel has not competed since August, when he put away Dream veteran David Gardner with second-round punches under the Fight Club OC banner.

Joe Proctor (Pembroke, Mass.) - tn_rebel
Record: 7-1
A teammate of UFC lightweight and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 semifinalist Joe Lauzon, Proctor finds himself on a streak of three consecutive wins. The 26-year-old enjoyed an undefeated campaign in 2011, culminating in his unanimous decision over Matt Bessette in a five-round title bout at Reality Fighting “Gonzaga vs. Porter” in October. He has not yet fought this year. Proctor has delivered more than half (four) of his seven professional victories by submission.

Sam Sicilia (Spokane Valley, Wash.) - Drudinh
Record: 10-0
A member of the Fancy Pants Fight Team headed by Strikeforce mainstay Lyle Beerbohm, Sicilia has finished nine straight opponents, the last three of them in less than half a minute. The undefeated 5-foot-8 lightweight has used his heavy hands to great effect, as evidenced by the five first-round knockouts on his resume. Sicilia went 9-0 in 2011.

Chris Tickle (Bloomington, Ill.) - cowcatcher
Record: 7-4
Part of the MMA tree of UFC hall of famer Matt Hughes, Tickle trains under Marc Fiore. He will enter the reality show with plenty of momentum, as he has won five fights in a row -- a streak that includes victories over UFC veterans Steve Berger and Brian Geraghty. All four of Tickle’s losses have come via submission, three of them in chokes.

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