Spike TV has released the full roster of fighters for the eleventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” complete with this handy video to help you match faces to names. At the very least they’ve found some guys who look interesting – some in the sense that they have faces like old catcher’s mitts and so must be pretty tough, others in the sense that they just seem like colossal jerks (looking at you, Nick “The Promise” Ring). But are any of them good enough to be prematurely declared the next Anderson Silva? Do any of them have the potential for complete psychological breakdown that Junie Browning brought to the show? And who, I ask you, will be their “Linderman”?
We don’t know the answers to any of those questions (despite being an MMA news source), but we did learn some interesting factoids about the guys from a press release sent out by Spike TV earlier today. For instance:
- Charles Blanchard is a brown belt in jiu-jitsu and a “published poet.” Guess that means he’s got thirteen ways of looking at an armbar. What? Aren’t there any English majors who read this freaking website?
– Chris Camozzi has the distinction of having lost to two TUF alums already (Jesse Forbes and Jesse “JT Money” Taylor, another fighter/poet), and he also “works as a bouncer in his spare time.” Maybe it’s just me, but I always thought spare time referred to the time when you weren’t working a job.
– Brent Cooper is descended from Sioux Indians and is “a pipeliner by day for Shell Oil, and a devastating striker by night.” Too bad for him the TUF fights typically take place in the middle of the afternoon, when his devastating striking skills will be inaccessible.
– Joseph Henle trains at Big John McCarthy’s MMA and is fluent in Japanese.
– Kris McCray has an “Associates Degree in Social Studies from Northern Virginia Community College.” Who knew you could even get a degree in a field that only exists up until the sixth grade?
– Victor O’Donnell and fellow castmember Costantinos Philippou actually fought in September. Philippou, who trains at Matt Serra’s gym, won by decision.
– Ben Stark was “a practitioner of the Orthodox Jewish religion until the age of 6,” which is about the most meaningless piece of biographical information one can imagine since it tells us about the religious choices he made before he was at an age where he was allowed to make choices about religion. He also breeds snakes though, and that’s pretty sweet.
– Warren Thompson’s nickname is “The Kool-Aid Man.” There’s really nothing that needs to be said about that.