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Full Cast of ‘TUF 10: Heavyweights’ Officially Announced


(Judging from the jersey colors, it’ll be Team Black vs. Team Black. Subtle. Photo courtesy of Spike. Click for larger image.)

Spike TV revealed the complete cast of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights this afternoon via press release. Here’s who will be bunkin’ up in the TUF house:

Zak Jensen – standout wrestler at Augsburg College
Marcus Jones – former 1st round NFL draft pick who had a six-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Scott Junk – Division II All-American football player at Southwest Oklahoma State and fought in UFC 76.
James McSweeney – former international kickboxing and Muay Thai champion
John Madsen – defeated Brock Lesnar in a high school wrestling match
Matt Mitrione – played for New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings
Roy Nelson – former IFL Heavyweight Champion
Demico Rogers – high school football and wrestling star
Brendan Schaub – played for Buffalo Bills and Arena Football’s Utah Blaze
Darrill Schoonover – decorated Army veteran
Wes Shivers – former member of the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons
Wes Sims – fought two heated battles with former UFC champ Frank Mir at UFC 43 and UFC 46
Kimbo Slice – former EliteXC heavyweight contender and YouTube sensation
Abe Wagner – played linebacker at Michigan Tech and has a degree in mechanical engineering
Mike Wessel – UFC veteran and former strength and conditioning coach at University of Arkansas
Justin Wren – All-American high school wrestler


Notably, this list omits Jim York and Tom Blackledge, and adds James McSweeney (3-4) and Demico Rogers (0-0?), which could mean that York and Blackledge come in as alternates for McSweeney and Rogers. Or possibly, the other way around. Or neither. Damn it feels good to be a journalist.

Below: CageWriter brings us this video of Kimbo Slice discussing how he came to be a TUF castmember, what he hopes to accomplish in the house, and his analysis of his loss to Seth Petruzelli. Says Kimbo: "I’m street certified, now it’s time to be Ultimate Fighter certified."


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Clue-by-Four- July 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm
I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it.
Monstrosity- July 11, 2009 at 11:50 am
Roy Nelson may be fat but he will win this show. Way more experience then those other guys.

Plus i bet if Kimbo loses an early fight his ass will quit the show
lilpo0ts- July 11, 2009 at 11:20 am
@raspberrymight

hmm i think he meant 100% of your mentality is required, but only 70% of your physical ability, seeing as how he followed it up by "noone comes into a fight at 100%" just a thought.

i've always thought kimbo was pretty awesome, he cant really do shit on the ground, but its funny to see him hit people in slowmo
StRyKeR- July 10, 2009 at 11:00 pm
6'4" and 225-230 lbs. can i join?
Chri534.- July 10, 2009 at 10:50 pm
I'm too tired to try and explain why the physical vs. mental aspect of it all was very poorly presented by our friend Kevin. But at least he is acknowledging the ideas that preparation and mindset play into the outcome of a fight...
Nippletwist- July 10, 2009 at 10:38 pm
i completely agree with kimbo's proposal that fighting is more mental than physical. and there is something good to be said about his mentality, he's a fighter and only a fighter, he doesn't want to be anything else, which you actually can't say about all - maybe even most - guys in mma. in the least he is focused, he looks pretty cut in this interview too.

that being said, i think he's just too old. right now we're seeing the level of athleticism in the sport increase dramatically and that's only going to continue.

at first when i heard heavyweight season i was stoked, but now im feeling like IrateNate might be right about how this turns out. hopefully wes sims eye gouges somebody or some shit.
Walrus- July 10, 2009 at 8:37 pm
Big Country gonna fuck some shit up!!!!!
trsigley- July 10, 2009 at 5:02 pm
Some keg stands in that group!

Marcus Jones trains out of Gracie Tampa and is a mountain of a man.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- July 10, 2009 at 4:35 pm
Sheps is still a moron. Glad that tea sipping, spotted dick eating, flaming fruit is out here with you guys.
NateGetsIrate- July 10, 2009 at 4:19 pm
Someone mentioned that this next season doesn't have little guys with small man's syndrome - or something ilke that - which made me realize something:

THIS IS GOING TO BE THE MOST BORING SEASON... EVA!

Why? Because big dog's don't need to bark, that's why. Just gonna be a bunch of big dudes eating, sleeping, farting, and eventually gasping desperately for air like beached whales only after 1 minute into the 1st round.
Chri534.- July 10, 2009 at 4:03 pm
"...which could mean that York and Blackledge come in as alternates for McSweeney and Rogers. Or possibly, the other way around. Or neither. Damn it feels good to be a journalist."

Fuckin' poetry.
portland mma- July 10, 2009 at 3:19 pm
I had to play where waldo to find Kimbo
Blackleg- July 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm
Aye, when Kimbo isn't being all "strenff of the strizeets" he can hold a conversation pretty well.

My money's still on Roy "Big League Chew" Nelson for king of the fatties.
Judo Im Right- July 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm
yea we all hate on kimbo because we say he doesn't deserve the respect he gets ... but he is just a guy tryin to make money the best way he can for his fam ... tons of respect for doing TUF for zero to little money to get the experience
Judo Im Right- July 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm
haven't followed him too closely, but Roy has incredible stamina for a fat man ... THis is gonna be the best TUF ever because everyone will have KO power and we don't have to sit and watch a bunch of 155'ers with Napolean syndrome walking around thinking they are the toughest mugs ever cause they're on TUF. plus the whole Rampage - Shad true beef thing
ubidoob- July 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm
I'm impressed.

Kimbo sounds smarter than I had him stereotyped as.

Although it's easy to talk shit about him when he cannot get a hold of you- I'm interested to see how good he actually ends up being. I think he has potential. His biggest downside is his own previous reputation.

He's not an idiot, which is more than anyone can say about Brock Lesnar. Ever listened to Lesnar speak? It's offensive to ears everywhere. Brock's logic and word choices are about as gentle on your ears as listening to the Diaz brothers when they open their mouth.

It'll be something to see what Kimbo is really made of...
Akilleez- July 10, 2009 at 2:48 pm
How tall is Kimbo? He looks short as hell in this picture.

Also...did he like legally change his name to Kimbo Slice? I feel like he should go by Kevin Furguson if he wants to get more serious. I mean Jon Koppenhaver legally changed his name to Warmachine...and look what happened to him!
meanfinger- July 10, 2009 at 2:33 pm
thats funny how they put kimbo in the middle, he's the only draw on the show. all this does is sell rampage vs. evans.. there is some big dudes on this cast tho. kinda excited to see how it goes down.
Bloodlust- July 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm
So when Kimbo loses in his first fight how are they gonna manipulate things so he gets to come in as an alternate?
Horror Fighter- July 10, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Look more closely. Rashad is team gold. Rampage is team silver. And Kimbo is team platinum.

Have to agree with Sheps about Wes Sims. I can't see why he's there -- unless there truly is zero depth in the heavyweight ranks. Maybe if they had done another Comeback version of TUF, they could bring back Sims. I'd prefer to keep the show to UFC newcomers (even if they are vets from other promotions, such as Nelson and Danzig), so maybe it's time for another Comeback. When I see a guy like Sims or Gabe Ruediger on the show, I feel like TUF really isn't bringing new talent into the promotion. If they want to give fighters a second change, the Comeback format is perfect.
BeaverLord- July 10, 2009 at 1:49 pm
I hope Roy Nelson wins. Finally get some positive exposure for the Lion's Den.
TheSlothman- July 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm
Roy Nelson is NOT going to win.......hes fat you know.
TrouserSnout- July 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm
Just thinking...What "IF" that is a cardboard cut-out of Kimbo in this pic...cause...maybe it was taken after he got KO'd and left the show...???
831 Son- July 10, 2009 at 1:36 pm
Well it really just didn't make any sense seeing as you said anyone 6'3-6'5 can get on which is a dumb ass 2 inch difference that doesn't correlate correctly to peoples weight.

Im 6'1 195. Not a skinny queer nor am I that tall. Wasn't getting mad I was just pointing out that your statement didn't make too much sense.
Dojima- July 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm
831 Son,

sorry to offend the tall and embarrassingly skinny such as yourself, to which I extend an apology for my insensitive assumption that anyone over 6'3" would weigh over 220lbs... I realize now that people come in all shapes and sizes and I shouldnt stereotype all tall people as weighing a lot.
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