Meet Martin Svensson, who never lost on 'TUF 22,' made weight but didn't fight at finale
History will remember grappling wizard Ryan Hall as the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 22,” but there was only one fighter on that show that never lost a fight, and while he was in Las Vegas – and on weight – for the show’s live finale, he’ll have to wait until February to make his UFC debut.
“It was bittersweet,” Martin Svensson told MMAjunkie. “You don’t ever really hope that anyone else gets injured or pulls out of their fights, and I never really did. But it was tricky. It was a fun experience, but at the same time it was very hard emotionally. It was a lot of ups and downs.”
Svensson is a 30-year-old Swedish prospect who earned a spot on the recently aired “TUF 22” series, scoring a decision win over Mohamed Gabinski in the tournament’s preliminary round to earn his way into the “TUF” house. He then scored a second-round submission win over Thanh Le to set up a quarterfinal bout with eventual finalist Artem Lobov, who had lost in the preliminary round but was brought back into the field by his training partner and “TUF” coach Conor McGregor.
Unfortunately, Svensson suffered a broken elbow in the Le fight and was forced to withdraw from the tournament.
‘TUF 22’ Teammates Martin Svensson, David Teymur to Meet at UFC Fight Night London
Martin Svensson and David Teymur will lock horns at UFC Fight Night London on Feb. 27.
The promotion’s European branch announced the contest on Thursday. Svensson and Teymur were both lightweights on Conor McGregor’s team during Season 22 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” UFC Fight Night London takes place at the O2 Arena and features a middleweight showdown between Michael Bisping and Gegard Mousasi.
Finalist Forced Out of The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale Due to Legal Issue
On the final episode of The Ultimate Fighter 22: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber, two fighters punched their ticket into the finals, but only one will compete at the finale on Friday.TUF 22 Logo McGregor vs Faber 750
England’s Saul Rogers defeated Poland’s Marcin Wrzosek by rear-naked choke in the first semi-final bout to seemingly advance to the finals.
Europe’s Artem Lobov completed his second-chance journey to the finals in the second semi-final round bout against American Julian Erosa.
Dan Miller, Darrell Montague among 13 fighters released from UFC
Normally at the beginning of each month, the UFC does a purge of its roster and releases several of its fighters (or at least updates its database to reflect that). So it is on this 1st of September that we find out more than a dozen competitors are evidently no longer with the promotion. UFCFIGHTERSiNFO runs a script (then publishes it on Twitter) scanning any changes to the roster, so while not official, this has historically proven to be accurate. The 13 released fighters are:
Light Heavyweight: Hans Stringer
Middleweight: Dan Miller, Ildemar Alcantara, Tom Watson
Welterweight: Andrew Craig, Igor Araujo
Lightweight: Anthony Christodoulou, Yosdenis Cedeno
Featherweight: Niklas Backstrom, Aaron Phillips
Bantamweight: Cody Gibson, Royston Wee
Flyweight: Darrell Montague
TUF 22 Team McGregor vs Team Faber Cast Revealed
Competitors from 11 different countries have been cast for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter led by UFC interim featherweight champion and proud Irishman Conor McGregor, opposite former WEC featherweight champion Urijah “The California Kid” Faber. The premiere episode, debuting on September 9 at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, will showcase 32 fighters competing for one of 16 spots featuring eight Europeans and eight Americans and the opportunity to be coached by two of the sport’s best athletes...
It was Hayder Hassan’s idea to donate 'TUF 21' money to Wounded Warrior Project
On the 12th and final taped episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 21,” American Top Team head Dan Lambert announces his squad is donating $200,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project after winning the team vs. team reality show tournament against the Blackzilians.
On the season finale of the show, which aired Wednesday night on FOX Sports 1, it looks as though Lambert is the one initiating the donation to the fund, which benefits wounded U.S. soldiers and is a cause long supported by the UFC. But Lambert said it was actually the idea of Hayder Hassan, who delivered the team its victory with a split-call over Blackzilians fighter Vicente Luque on Episode No. 12.
The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Cast Revealed
The second season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America will premiere starting the week of August 26 on UFCFIGHTPASS.com, Televisa PM Channel 5 in Mexico, UFC Network and additional Free-to-Air Networks in Latin America.
César Arzamendia (6-1), 23, Alto Parana, Paraguay
Enrique Barzola (10-2), 25, Lima, Peru
Horacio Gutiérrez (3-1), 24, Guadalajara, Mexico
Oliver Meza (3-0), 28, Panama City, Panama
Jonathan Ortega (7-2-1), 31, Temuco, Chile
Marco Polo Reyes (19-7), 30, Mexicali, Mexico
Daniel Salas (15-5), DF, Mexico
Christihian Soto (5-4), 31, Managua, Nicaragua
Héctor Aldana (5-0), 26, San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico
Wilmer Fernández (7-1), 33, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Alvaro Herrera (8-3), 29, Guadalajara, Mexico
Enrique Marín (8-2), 28, Sevilla, Spain
Kevin Medinilla (5-0), 23, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Erick Montaño (9-5), 29, DF, Mexico
Marco Olano (6-1), 21, Lima, Peru
Vernon Ramos (3-0), 22, La Fontana, Panama
Alexandre 'Capitao' was cut from TUF: Brazil 4 due to brain aneurysm
Jungle Fight featherweight champion Alexandre "Capitao" de Almeida was one of the fighters included in the Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 original list, but he won’t be on the show.
"Capitao," who tried out for the reality show after winning 12 of his past 14 fights in Brazil, was notified by the Nevada Athletic Commission that his pre-fight medical exams showed a brain aneurysm just two days before flying out to Las Vegas to report.
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TUF 21: Blackzillians vs. American Top Team
The 21st edition of “The Ultimate Fighter” will be different than the previous 20, as the reality show’s new format will feature up-and-coming members of the Blackzilians competing against American Top Team prospects.
Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White made the announcement during Saturday’s “Welcome to the Show” press conference in Los Angeles.
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Former The Ultimate Fighter 19 Contestant Arrested on Rape and Other Charges
When The Ultimate Fighting Championship held tryouts for TUF 19 in Indianapolis in August 2013, Doug Sparks stood out among the other competitors. Nicknamed, “Ants in the Pants,” Sparks wore polar bear ears and proclaimed to be a genius.
The 32-year-old light heavyweight was arrested Saturday in Bloomington, Ind., for allegedly detaining a woman against her will and assaulting her repeatedly over a several day period.