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The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale: The New Guys


(Travis Browne’s knockout of Brian Campbell)

(Travis Browne’s knockout of Abe Wagner)

Along with the six TUF 11 castmembers getting a shot on the preliminary card of this Saturday’s Finale show, two Octagon first-timers will also be trying to make a big impression. Get to know them below, and tell us how you think they’ll fare in the comments section…

TRAVIS BROWNE (HW)
Experience: 9-0 record with appearances in Bellator, King of the Cage, and Gladiator Challenge. Five of his wins came within the first minute of the fight. Most recently scored a 35-second knockout of Aaron Brink at a GC event in February, which followed an eight-second knockout of Abe Wagner two weeks earlier and a nine-second knockout of Brian Campbell last November.
Will be facing: James McSweeney (4-4, 1-0 UFC)
Lowdown: At 6’6", 250 pounds, and with a Carwin-like habit of ending fights early, Travis Browne could make a very nice addition to the UFC’s heavyweight roster. Based out of the Alliance Training Center in San Diego, "Hapa" works as a professional dog trainer when he’s not knocking people unconscious. Browne was exposed to drug and gang culture in his native Hawaii at an early age, but escaped his rough upbringing and found a positive outlet for his aggression in jiu-jitsu. He was not selected to appear on Bully Beatdown, which really bothered him.


MARK HOLST (LW)
Experience: 8-1 record, primarily competing in Quebec, with all wins by stoppage in the first two rounds. Most recently submitted UFC vet Corey Hill at an XKL event in March.
Will be facing: John Gunderson (22-7, 0-1 UFC)
Lowdown: Holst tried out for TUF 12, and impressed the UFC enough that they gave the 24-year-old a fight against Gunderson when Paul Taylor withdrew from the card. A product of the OAMA Fight Team, Holst will be the first Ottawa-based fighter to compete in the UFC. Holst holds a professional Muay Thai record of 11-1, and is a certified Senior Kru by the Muay Thai Institute in Bangkok. (He has also scored wins in various grappling tournaments.) Though his parents were both educators, Holst skipped college in order to pursue martial arts full-time. He has spent time studying under Renzo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida, Greg Jackson, Phil Nurse, and Jean-Charles Skarbowsky. He regularly posts blog entries about his training and travels at markholst.com.


(Holst vs. Nabil Khatib, 12/12/09)

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Jabsent- June 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm
yeaaah Holst. puttin ottawa on the map.
I hope he takes this one.
CZ- June 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm
Due to severely delayed reaction times, the videographer in the first clip was unable to continue and never sanctioned by the athletic commission again. C'mon Son
2DaDeath- June 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Chandella is handsome.
Charming Charlie- June 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm
Chandella is attractive.
PurplePickle- June 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm
@PortlandMMA

I think Uscola is still recovering from having his dick bit by a pitbull. Josh Bryant was on junkieradio last week and said the dog attack fucked him up pretty good.
Viva Hate- June 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm
@PortlandMMA,
That is just mean, we all know Murtaugh looks way better in a thong. Google it.
justscrappin- June 15, 2010 at 1:20 pm
Whew! that's a relief 2da...cuz I like to get fasted so no spell check for me!
imabigfan- June 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm
sweet vid of chicks saying wooo. For serious. I missed the kick twice and had to keep moving the slider to the beginning. Which is like work. Just felt like bitching and honestly am surprised no one else has. What's up jaded CP public? Where's the hate?
2DaDeath- June 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Spell checking is for the guys who like to get fangered.
justscrappin- June 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm
It's true Viva....we have a local promotion in WNY called Raging Wolf...who have fights on the reservation..and all their ring girls are more attractive then her. Some are alot more attractive.
PortlandMMA- June 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm
@ viva hate who the fuck is Chandella Powell? I thought that was Sergeant Roger Murtaugh.
PortlandMMA- June 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm
I'm kind of surprised Uscola isn't on this card, he didn't look that impressive but neither did half the dudes getting on shot on Saturday. I think Tavares is going to be the best dude off the show though.
Viva Hate- June 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm
How is it that the minor leagues get those nice looking ring girls yet the UFC still has Chandella The "Trannie Chewbacca" Powell?
PortlandMMA- June 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Its only a matter of time before McSweeney is out of the UFC, I think this is the fight that does it. I'm also picking Holst to run through Gunderson.
GUI-uh-TEEN- June 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm
Nice Freddy...
punches_in_bunches- June 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm
I see Travis having some sleazy slime with McWeenie.
FreddyFangers- June 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm
I see Travis having such and easy time with McWeenie.
FreddyFangers- June 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm
I see Travis having such an easy tie with McWeenie.
2DaDeath- June 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm
I don't see Travis having such an easy time with McWeenie.
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