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CagePotato Proving Ground: Meet the Finalists!

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After sifting through the first batch of entries for our Proving Ground competition, CagePotato.com and Shark Fights have selected four finalists to advance to Round 2. They are:

Jacob Austin: The 5-1 featherweight from Texas whose elbows make news anchors very uncomfortable.

Andrew Carrillo: The other 5-1 featherweight (and father-to-be) whose body of work includes a Shogun/Coleman-esque arm-snap.

Nick Newell: The 5-0 lightweight from Massachusetts who was into Bieber before any of you.

Andy Uhrich: The 7-3 welterweight/middleweight from Memphis who once TKO’d the dude who played Crockett on Miami Vice. Okay, not really.

So who will get a chance to score a multi-fight MMA contract and represent us at Shark Fights 19, September 10th in Independence, Missouri? Stay tuned and find out. (By the way, BG and possibly even ReX will be attending the event, so start making your travel plans now if you want to hang out with some of the CagePotato brain-trust in person. Tickets can be purchased here.)

We’ll be putting up more videos through the week and alerting you guys when there are updates. For now, check out the Final Four on the Proving Ground page, watch their fights and interviews, and use those Facebook “Like” buttons to show support for the fighters you like best. Thanks so much, and please follow Shark Fights on Facebook and Twitter!

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Chri534.- August 17, 2011 at 2:01 am
I still vote Nate Lavelle.
shiner555- August 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm
I have had the pleasure watching Jacob Austin fight in Oklahoma a few times, and that fool can whoop some a$$. He reminds me of Jim Miller or an old Diego Sanchez. I also have to agree with BowsandBlows, Carrillo didn't break that dudes arm, it was an unfortunate accident and his own fault how he landed. Both guys are real tough tho, I'd like to see em' both fight each other one day.
Jesus Frijoles- August 16, 2011 at 8:16 pm
Hmmm....Independence huh, I might make it to that. Depends on the price.
BaBu- August 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm
Nick Newell FTW
jlees- August 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm
I love watching Jacob Austin rain some elbows!
bowsandblows- August 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Have to go with jacob austin. Have seen him fight 3 times, he is super aggressive on the ground, he finishes fights, great wrestler, good standup and he trains with tim kennedy, yves edwards, and boxer brian vera. No doubt he could easily take on carillo.Just because someone lands awkwardly on a take down does not a shogun make. Show me a sub or a tko.
2DaDeath- August 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Too bad none of the commenters on this site made it in. Did anyone even attempt to be part of proving grounds?
Mike Russell- August 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm
If your name was CagePotatoJunkie20, you would have improved your chances...
mmajunkie20- August 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm
yall def. made a mistake by not putting me in the top 4. just sayting...
DangadaDang- August 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Hard not to be impressed by Newell, but I'm gunna have to hop on the Carillo bandwagon as well.
camel-toe clutch- August 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm
Yeah, I'm gonna go with Carrillo also. Hope to see him in some bigger shows. I would like to see how he fares against top competitors. Looks like he's already got a pretty complete tool-box. Kickboxing, wrestling and some submissions. All he can do is get better.
Sloppyspray- August 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm
Time out. So Newell only has 1 hand? Always find it crazy how these fighters are able to adapt and do well with less appendages.
Numa- August 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Carrillo is super talented! I have seen him fight, and he will do big things.
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