TUF 15 cast revealed

The Ultimate Fighter season 15 is set to be one of the most exciting seasons yet. For the first time ever, instead of recording the whole season in advance, each fight will be shown live on FX every friday evening (for you lucky chaps in America-land that is). The season will run for 13 weeks, starting on the 9th of March with a 2 and a half hour special, with all 16 live elimination fights on that first episode, then going back to the usual hourly slot.

The coaches this time round will be UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber. These two fellows have clashed fists twice before, with Faber handing Cruz his first and only loss back in 2007, and Cruz taking a unanimous decision win over Faber last summer. The third scrap will be at UFC 148 in July, and if it’s anything like the last one it’s definitely a must see.

Here is the list of the 32 fighters in with a shot of getting into the house. I’ll admit that outside of the few British lads in there, I don’t really know anything about these chaps. But with 16 fights to watch, and every fighter looking to prove themself, I think it’s safe to say we’re in for a treat.

Akbarh Arreloa, Chula Vista, Calif.
Al Iaquinta, Wantagh, N.Y.
Ali Maclean, Belfast, North Ireland
Andy Ogle, Tynemouth, England
Austin Lyons, Cordova, Tenn.
Brendan Weafer, New York, N.Y.
Chris Tickle, Bloomington, Ill.
Cody Pfister, Amarillo, Texas
Cristiano Marcello, Curitiba, Brazil
Chase Hackett, Littleton, Colo.
Chris Saunders, Long Beach, Calif.
Dakota Cochrane, Omaha, Neb.
Daron Cruickshank, Wayne, Mich.
Drew Dober, Omaha, Neb.
Erin Beach, San Diego, Calif.
James Krause, Blue Springs, Mich.
James Vick, Fort Worth, Texas
Jared Carlsten, Los Angeles, Calif.
Jeff Smith, Mechanicsburg, Penn.
Jeremy Larsen, Phoenix, Ariz.
Joe Proctor, Pembroke, Mass.
John Cofer, Hull, Ga.
Johnavan Vistante, Pearl City, Hawaii
Jon Tuck, Hagtna, Guam
Jordan Rinaldi, Matthews, N.C.
Justin Lawrence, Villa Ridge, Mo.
Mark Glover, Liverpool, England
Michael Chiesa, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Myles Jury, San Diego, Calif.
Mike Rio, Miami, Fla.
Sam Sicilia, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Vinc Pichel, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

UFC 144: Henderson goes to war with Edgar

Ben Henderson had questions that Frankie Edgar couldn’t answer.

  – See what I did there.

I wen’t into the fight liking both guys, Edgar for his professional attitude and his unrelenting drive to prove naysayers wrong, and Bendo simply because he seems to be a great person, nerdy as hell and with a fighting style I really respect. They frantically went to war and didn’t slow down. A main event like that really affects how a card stays in your memory – which is probably why some people are calling it their favourite so far this year.

UFC 144 is now over and it delivered. Yes, I was hoping that Rampage would slam Ryan Bader so hard that he blasted through the canvas of the octagon breaking the sides off the cage, only for a Pride ring that was hidden neatly underneath pops out ready for the title fight… but maybe that dream was a little bit too infantile of me. I was also hoping for Kid to return to his old form, but at least it was an up and coming British fighter in Vaughan Lee that hammered the nail in that coffin. Hunt and Gomi won with great finishes so that will settle my wishes of success for the old guard of MMA for now. The card delivered on its promises and here are my favorite bits from each fight:

China Zhang Tiequan vs. Japan Issei Tamura

Tamura defeated Zhang via KO (punch) at 0:32 of round 2

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Japan Takeya Mizugaki vs. United States Chris Cariaso

Cariaso defeated Mizugaki via unanimous decision

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Japan Riki Fukuda vs. United States Steve Cantwell

Fukuda defeated Cantwell via unanimous decision

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Japan Norifumi Yamamoto vs. England Vaughan Lee

Lee defeated Yamamoto via submission (armbar)

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Japan Takanori Gomi vs. Japan Eiji Mitsuoka

Gomi defeated Mitsuoka via TKO (punches)

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United States Anthony Pettis vs. United States Joe Lauzon

Pettis defeated Lauzon via KO (head kick & punches)

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Japan Hatsu Hioki vs. Poland Bart Palaszewski

Hioki defeated Palazewski via unanimous decision

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Japan Yushin Okami vs. United States Tim Boetsch

Boetsch defeated Okami via TKO (punches)

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Japan Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. United States Jake Shields

Shields defeated Akiyama via unanimous decision

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New Zealand Mark Hunt vs. France Cheick Kongo

Hunt defeated Kongo via TKO (punches)

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United States Quinton Jackson vs. United States Ryan Bader

Bader defeated Jackson via unanimous decision

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United States Frankie Edgar (c) vs. United States Ben Henderson

Henderson defeated Edgar via unanimous decision

“Star Boards” charity project

“Star Boards” charity project is probably one of the coolest ideas ever conceived.

Some of the best tattooers in the UK painting/customising skate board decks with Star Wars themed designs, which will then be auctioned off for charity at the Liverpool Tattoo Convention. Great idea right? I thought so. So did 70 artists from around the country, and they have been pulling out all the stops to make this something really special.

Check out some of these pics for examples of the pure awesomeness that these fine chaps have been creating. Look on the website and facebook page for further details, and if you want to have a chance to own one of these boards, check out the Liverpool Convention site.