by Dynamite Duane
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Following the Quintion ‘Rampage’ Jackson’s defeat over Keith Jardine in the main event of UFC 96 it seemed to all be inked in that Rampage would challenge current unchallenged ‘Sugar’ Rashad Evans but no sir not this time Rampage. It seems fate has dealt a good hand for Lyoto Machida as he gets the huge opportunity of headlining UFC 98 as the challenger for the Light Heavyweight gold!
According to reports following UFC 96 Rampage discovered his jaw pain turned out to be torn ligaments. So Quinton will under go surgery plus five weeks of no contact. On top of all that Jackson also hyper extended his left elbow from fighting Jardine.
Rampage may have come out the victor looking pretty good but he received some nasty punishment from the Dean of Mean himself.
Lyoto being booked into the headline bout against Rashad keeps the scene fresh within the top of the UFC Light Heavyweight bracket. Lyoto deserves the shot and his fighting is interesting to watch. Machida is sure to have the backing of many fans in this upcoming confrontation, whereas Rashad is not the most liked of fighters despite an impressive list wins. Having beaten fan favourite Forrest Griffin does not endear him to the masses.
So what treats have Ultimate Fight fans got coming their way during April from the Zuffa brand?
Coming up in April will be UFC Fight Night 18 headlined by Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann, on Wednesday, April 1st live from Sommet Center in Nashville, TN.
The following night Thursday 2nd April is time for the premiere of every fight fans favourite reality TV show, yes you got it, it is TUF time! The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 pits the Brits against the Yanks, as Michael Bisping coaches the team representing the UK to rival Team USA coached by fellow UFC Middleweight competitor Dan ‘Hendo’ Henderson.
The series will be shown every week in the UK on Setanta Sports and Spike TV in the USA.
Check out the list below for the cast of The Ultimate Fighter Season 9:
Ryan Biglar (2-1): Biglar, 24, is a jiu-jitsu fighter originally from Guam who represents the Cobra Kai in Las Vegas.
Ray Elbe (20-11): A Muay Thai fighter, the 25-year-old Elbe has spent the last three years working on his game in Phuket, Thailand. The most notable man he’s faced was Renato Verissimo, who knocked him out in 2003.
Christian Fulgium (6-2-1): A wrestler, Fulgium represents the Gladiator camp in Lafayette, La.
DaMarques Johnson (13-6): Johnson took up MMA training while in the military. Training out of Elite Performance in Salt Lake City, Johnson once faced former World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight champion Brock Larson, who submitted him in a 2005 bout.
Kevin Knabjian (10-3-1): A wrester from Eastern Illinois University, the same school that produced UFC star Matt Hughes, the one-time WEC fighter trains at Gilbert Grappling in Chicago.
Mark Miller (10-4): A Muay Thai fighter also based in Chicago, Miller trains at Dino Costeas MMA and Toro Muay Thai.
Jason Pierce (9-0): A one-time collegiate soccer player, Pierce trains with the vaunted Miletich Fighting Systems camp in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Kiel Reid (8-1): A native of Bettendorf, Reid also trains with Miletich, whose experience includes a 2004 fight against UFC veteran Luigi Fiorvanti.
Paul Bird (4-1): A striker, Bird trains at Des Moines (Iowa) MMA. He has fought in the Midwest Cage Championships promotion.
Santino DeFranco (13-4): A wrestler and jiu-jitsu specialist, DeFranco has experienced fighting in the now-defunct International Fight League. He also helped coach Efrain Escudero, the TUF 8 winner.
Jason Dent (19-9): A submission specialist, Dent runs his own gym in Mentor, Ohio, at Griffon Brawl. He is a UFC veteran who has losses to Roger Huerta and Gleison Tibau.
Cameron Dollar (4-1): Dollar trains in Colorado Springs, Colo., and is a former teammate of TUF alums Cory Hill and Noah Thomas.
Tom Hayden (4-0): A submission fighter, Hayden is trained by popular UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel in West Chester, Ohio.
Waylon Lowe (5-2): Lowe, 28, also fights for Gurgel.
Josh Souder (7-2): A member of Team Prodigy, Souder has faced castmate Jason Dent in 2005, losing by TKO.
Richie Whitson (4-0): A native Alaskan who trains with Team Quest in Temecula, Calif., Whitson is a heavy-handed striker.
Dean Amarasinghe (4-1): A grappler from Nottingham, England, Amarasinghe trains at Rough House Gym.
James Bateman (2-1): A striker, Bateman trains at Grimsby NHB in Grimsby, England.
David Faulkner (2-1): A member of the Wolfslair team that features U.K. coach Michael Bisping and UFC star Quinton Jackson, Faulkner is a submissions expert.
Tommy Maguire (5-2): The 20-year-old Maguire is a striker who works with the Tsunami Gym in Wisbech, England.
Che Mills (7-2): A tall welterweight at 6-foot-2, Mills works with ex-UFC fighter Mark Weir’s Range Fighting Gym.
Nicholas Osipczak (3-0): Osipczak trains in London with Pancrase UK. He’s finished all of his fights in the first round.
Alex Reid (10-9-1): Reid, 33, trains in London with the London Shoot Fighters. He’s faced notable opponents such as Murilo Rua, Tony Fryklund, Dave Menne and Jorge Rivera.
James Wilks (5-2): Trained by veteran Eric Paulson in Orange County, Calif., the 30-year-old Wilks is a striker.
James Bryan (3-1): A striker, Bryan, 25, is from Somerset, England.
Dan James (3-0): A striker from Swansea, Wales, he’s finished two of his three pro bouts.
Gary Kelly (2-1): A striker, the 25-year-old Kelly trains alongside Bisping and Jackson at Wolfslair in Liverpool, England.
Jeff Lawson (13-2): A submission fighter with 12 finishes, Lawson trains with Team Bulldog in Dorset, England.
Ross Pearson (9-3): A striker, Pearson trains at Sunderland Jiu-Jitsu & MMA Club in Sunderland, England.
Martin Stapleton (5-1): A Muay Thai fighter, Stapleton is a product of Quannum Combat Arts.
A.J. Wenn (7-2): A well-rounded fighter from the Tsunami Gym, Wenn is from Cambs, England.
Andre Winner (9-2-1): Winner is a member of the Rough House team in London and is coming off a loss and a draw in his two fights prior to appearing on the show.
U.S. coach Dan Henderson: A two-time Olympic wrestler, Henderson is the only man to have simultaneously held two weight-class championships in PRIDE. He was the organization’s light heavyweight and middleweight champion and is one of the top fighters in the UFC.
U.K. coach Michael Bisping: Bisping was the light heavyweight winner on Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” He has gone on to become one of the world’s top middleweights. His only loss was a disputed decision to current UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.
TUF season 9 info Sourced from MMAJunkie.com
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