The Ultimate Fighter season nine cast revealed

The names of the 32 competitors have been released for the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter which premieres on April 1, immediately following Ultimate Fight Night 18 from Nashville. The format for this season will have Coach Michael Bisping leading his team of U.K. fighters and Coach Dan Henderson leading his team of U.S. fighters.

The first two episodes will consist of the 32 fighters battling it out to determine the sixteen who will get to stay in the house for the full season. The breakdown will consist of Team U.K. and Team U.S. each with eight fighters divided into four welterweights and four lightweights. The two teams will compete, culminating with one ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner from welterweight and one from lightweight.

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St. Pierre vs. Alves, Bisping vs. Henderson confirmed for UFC 100

UFC President Dana White confirmed to Setanta Sports on Friday that Georges St. Pierre will defend his welterweight title against Thiago Alves at UFC 100 on July 11th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. White also confirmed that the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 9, Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson, will … Read more

Dana White UFC 94 video blog (bonus)

In this UFC 94 blog entitled “bonus footage” (even though it’s not) Dana White has a chat with Kid Yamamoto. It looks like they are in negotiations with the Japanese featherweight superstar. In addition to that we get to see some behind the scenes footage of TUF 9 with Coach Bisping and Coach Henderson. Please … Read more

UFC Trading Cards sneak peek at UFC 94

Topps Trading cards, the manufacturer of the soon to be released UFC Round 1 cards, has a treat in store for all in attendance for UFC 94, Penn vs. St. Pierre 2. Every fan at UFC 94 will receive a special sample pack containing exclusive versions of BJ Penn’s and GSP’s base (not an autograph or special insert) card.

This will be the first time fans will have a chance to get their hands on the much anticipated UFC Round 1 cards. The cards will feature both Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn pictured in their first matchups in the Octagon.

The cards will be of GSP vs. Karo Parysian at UFC 46 and The Prodigy’s will be of him facing Joey Gilbert at UFC 31. Topps representatives will also be on hand to gather feedback from fans at the event.

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Michael Bisping to face Anderson Silva if he can get past Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson became the official coach Saturday night at UFC 93 for Team USA on season nine of The Ultimate Fighter which will air on Spike TV beginning April 1. His team will be competing against Team U.K. coached by Michael Bisping.

At the conclusion of season nine, Coach Bisping will face Coach Henderson inside The Octagon. According to a new report, if Michael Bisping is successful in that fight he will be granted a Middleweight Title shot against the number one fighter in the world, UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva.

This is an incredible opportunity for Bisping who had been a contestant on season three of the very reality series he will be coaching. Bisping’s only loss inside The Octagon came from the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Rashad Evans at UFC 78 in November of 2007. Since then he has reeled off three straight victories.

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Dana White UFC 93 video blog #7

This video was filmed on Saturday, 1-17-09 and is Dana’s final blog for UFC 93. Dana dominates Bisping at UFC Undisputed. Joe Rogan makes a very Irish special appearance. Semmy Schilt and Alistair Overeem both meet with Dana and Dana expresses his interest in having both of them in the UFC. The Shogun vs. Liddell … Read more

Wolf’s Lair drug tests their own fighters – Cheick Kongo envies Brock Lesnar’s title

Here’s an interesting video about the Wolf’s Lair, the new home of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Cheick Kongo in England. Apparently the Wolf’s Lair does drug testing (steroids, etc.) on their own fighters to avoid any surprises. This weekend will give us a better idea of how effective their training has been on Rampage.

Kongo envies Lesnar’s title after the jump…

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TUF Season 9 coaches announced

During a special question and answer session at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Tuesday, UFC President, Dana White announced that the winner of the UFC 93 matchup of light heavyweights, Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin will be a coach on upcoming season nine of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show.

Michael “The Count” Bisping, winner of TUF season 3 at Light Heavyweight, had already been previously confirmed as the other coach for season nine.

“The Ultimate Fighter” season 9 will pit U.S.A. and U.K. welterweights and lightweights against one another on opposing teams. Bisping of course will head up the U.K. team and the winner of Franklin vs. Henderson will coach the U.S. team.

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UFC 91 PPV numbers look good

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer is reporting early returns on UFC 91 pay-per-view buys range from 800,000-850,000 purchases. While Couture vs. Lesnar did not quite hit the 1.2 million mark Dana White openly predicted, UFC 91 ranks only behind UFC 66 Liddell vs Ortiz 2 in terms of PPV buys.

The Dana White media machine provided the public with enough UFC Kool-aid to make people want to spend $44.95 on the bout.  Although the UFC 91 card had many exciting finishes, as a whole it did not have much star power outside the main event.

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Chris Leben disappoints

by: Jack Bratcher

Those who watched UFC 89 were bound to notice the improved physique of one Chris Leben. His main event bout against Michael Bisping was an inspiring performance where he looked calm and relaxed and constantly pushed the pace throwing the bombs he’s known for. However, Bisping out-pointed the Hawaiian transplant with a defensive, elusive and tactical gameplan.

Much ado was made recently about Leben maturing as a fighter and as a person. Gone are the days of the self-destructive alcoholic punker spritzing on the pillows of his fellow TUF cast members. “Maturity” was the new catch word for Leben. Apparently, he’s moved on and picked up some new more “adult” vices.

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