Melendez not happy with TUF 20 fighter seedings
LOS ANGELES - Like any good coach, Gilbert Melendez did his job heading into The Ultimate Fighter 20. The former Strikeforce lightweight champion scouted talent and made mental notes on which fighters he preferred to pick when it came time for him and opposing coach Anthony Pettis to draft their teams.
TUF Nations Finale Weigh-in Results: All Fighters Officially Make Weight
Main Bouts (on Fox Sports 1)
-Michael Bisping (186) vs. Tim Kennedy (186)
-Patrick Cote (170) vs. Kyle Noke (171)
-Sheldon Westcott (184) vs. Elias Theodorou (185)
-Chad Laprise (170) vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier (169)
-Dustin Poirier (145) vs. Akira Corassani (145)
Preliminary Bouts (on Fox Sports 1):
-Sam Stout (169) vs. KJ Noons (168)
-Sarah Kaufman (135) vs. Leslie Smith (135)
-Ryan Jimmo (205) vs. Sean O’Connell (204)
-George Roop (135) vs. Dustin Kimura (136)
Preliminary Bouts (on UFC Fight Pass):
-Mark Bocek (156) vs. Mike De La Torre (156)
-Nordine Taleb (185) vs. Vic Grujic (186)
-Richard Walsh (171) vs. Chris Indich (170)
-Mitch Gagnon (135) vs. Tim Gorman (135)
The Ultimate Fighter 19: Team Edgar vs Team Penn – Cast Revealed
On Wednesday, April 16, Ultimate Fighting Championship fans will get their fill of the UFC’s long-running reality series, The Ultimate Fighter, as FOX Sports 1 showcases the season-ending The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale live from Quebec City, followed by the two-hour premiere of the hotly anticipated 19th season headlined by former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and two-division champion BJ Penn.
In the 19th edition of the series, 16 middleweight (185 lbs.) and 16 light heavyweight (205 lbs.) fighters will square off in the most challenging sports tournament on television. The premiere episode will determine the eight men from each division who will successfully move into The Ultimate Fighter house and compete for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a six-figure contract with the UFC.
EDIT: Here is the TUF 19 Cast Photo Gallery -
Fighter Who Attacked Chael Tossed From TUF Brazil
lot of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans were convinced the shoving match between Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 3" coaches Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen (see it here), was staged to help push Fight Pass subscriptions, since this season is only available on the promotion's new digital network.
Apparently their scuffle was legit.
Either that, or not everyone on Team Silva got the memo, since one fighter -- or perhaps even a coach -- took a few liberties with Sonnen's unsuspecting dome. As a result, the mystery attacker (rumored to be Andre Didas) was thrown off the show.