Watch Bellator 102 prelims live on ProMMAnow starting at 7 p.m. ET

Tonight’s stop for Bellator lands them in California at the Visalia Convention Center in Visalia. We have given you a good glimpse at the fights and have your main card broke down. The only thing left is to see who advances and who falls as part of Season 9. The heavyweight and middleweight tournaments roll on tonight and the field will be narrowed down to two men in each division.

PRO MMA’s “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” staff picks

“The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” takes place tonight, Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Headlining the card will be The Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez vs. Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. In addition, the lightweight and welterweight TUF 9 tournament finals will be held, and a new “Ultimate Fighter” will be decided in both weight classes, each receiving a coveted six-figure UFC contract.

As has become our custom for most UFC events and large fight cards, the PRO MMA ( staff has submitted their predictions. So check out our picks, see if you agree or disagree, let us know who is on the money, and who is off in left field.

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The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale weigh-in results

The weigh-ins for “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. Finale” took place today, Friday, June 19th, at the Key West Ballroom inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

Headliners Clay Guida and Diego Sanchez as well as all four “TUF 9” finalists made weight.  The other four “TUF 9” contestants fighting on the undercard also made weight. In fact, everyone made weight except for *Mike Ciesnolevicz who tipped the scales at 208 pounds, two pounds over the 206-pound limit allowable for a light heavyweight non-title fight.

“TUF 9 Finale” weigh-in results:

(LW) Clay Guida (155 lbs.) vs. Diego Sanchez (156 lbs.)
(WW) Kevin Burns (171 lbs.) vs. Chris Lytle (170 lbs.)
(LW) Nate Diaz (156 lbs.) vs. Joe Stevenson (155 lbs.)
TUF 9 welterweight finals
DaMarques Johnson (170 lbs.) vs. James Wilks (171 lbs.)
TUF 9 lightweight finals
Ross Pearson (156 lbs.) vs. Andre Winner (155 lbs.)

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The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK Finale airs Saturday June 20 on Spike TV

This Sat., June 20, 2009, The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. Finale takes place at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nev., and will air live on Spike TV beginning at 9pm ET/PT.

PRO MMA ( will be providing live round-by-round updates and results throughout the event.

Fighting for a six-figure UFC contract will be The Ultimate Fighter season 9 welterweight finalists DaMarques Johnson (13-6) and James Wilks (5-2).

Wilks, from Team U.K., defeated Frank Lester in the final episode of TUF 9 this past Wednesday to earn his spot in the finals. DaMarques Johnson is the lone fighter from Team U.S. to earn a spot in the finals.

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The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK episode 7 recap

As the episode starts viewers are treated to seeing Team US fighter Richie Whitson’s herpes-like sore on his lip as he talks to his housemates about it and they spray disinfectant around the house to prevent the spread of the funk. He assures viewers it is not herpes.

Team UK worked out with sledgehammers, swinging them over head and hitting tires. One of the guys miss the tire completely and puts a hole in the expensive mat. Another fighter misses the tire and hits the concrete floor. David Faulkner apparently hit his leg with the sledgehammer and now the injury has become infected.

Coach Dan Henderson said he doesn’t know what’s going on with Jason Pierce. Team US assistant coach Cyrille Diabate said Pierce has a negative attitude, then gives a speech to the team letting the guys know just like their bodies, their attitudes need training too. Pierce’s teammates also complain about his negativity.

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The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs U.K. episode 5 recap

In this episode USA lightweight Santino Defranco (13-4) gets selected to fight Englishman Andre Winner (9-2-1).

Tempe, Arizona’s Santino Defranco reveals he originally tried out for TUF season 2 but was sent home because he had two brain aneurysms. Now he is back, all healed up, fighting for his chance to win a contract with the UFC.

(LW) Santino Defranco vs. Andre Winner
Rd.1 – Santino throws a couple of leg kicks. Santino shoots but gets stuffed. Andre lands a shot to the mid section. Santino gets stuffed again. Andre throws a few punches but nothing really connects. Leg kick Santino, and another. Andre swings, lands a body shot. Santino shoots and pulls guard as Andre sprawls. Santino uses rubber guard to control Andre. Andre slips out, stands up and pounds out Santino until the ref is forced to stop it. Andre Winner defeats Santino Defranco by TKO in round 1.

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Thiago Tavares injured; fight with Melvin Guillard off

PRO MMA ( has learned from American Top Team General Manager Richie Guerriero that ATT fighter Thiago Tavares (14-3) suffered an elbow injury and a fight with Melvin Guillard (21-7-2) at UFC 101 is no longer an option. The exact nature of the injury was not disclosed.

Tavares last fought at UFC 94 in January winning a unanimous decision over Manny Gamburyan (8-4). Guillard has not fought in the UFC or anywhere since July of 2008 when he defeated Dennis Siver by TKO at UFC 86. 

There have been reports that Gleison Tibau (17-6), who is a teammate of Tavares at ATT, will step in to face Guillard and the fight will be at “The Ultimate Fighter season 9” finale on June 20.

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The Ultimate Fighter season nine premiere delivers best ratings in years

The premiere episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER season 9 took place Wednesday night, April 1st, immediately following UFC FIGHT NIGHT 18 on SPIKE TV.

Over the past few seasons, MMA fans have voiced concern the theme of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER series has grown stale. Whether brought about by the hijinx and antics or maybe even a perceived lack of skill of the participants, the MMA community seems to have grown more or less apathetic toward the SPIKE TV series.

Apparently 1.8 million viewers last Wednesday night did not get the memo. That is how many people tuned in to watch the season premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: U.S. vs. U.K. It drew a rating of 1.8 in males 18-49, a 2.1 in males 18-34, and a 2.7 in males 25-34.

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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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