Justin Wren’s manager releases official statement – “The Viking” could be fighting as early as January 2010

Photo: Sherdog - From all appearances, Justin "The Viking" Wren has a long bright future ahead in professional mixed martial arts.

As we reported on Friday, Justin “The Viking” Wren was released by the UFC following an impressive showing on “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” and a subsequent loss at the “TUF 10 Finale” against Jon Madsen.

Wren’s manager, Greg Bloom, of Shambala Sports and Entertainment, sent ProMMA.info the following official statement:

“Justin Wren was officially released from the UFC. Justin is in good spirits and is handling this like a true professional. He knows that he has a long, successful career ahead of him and appreciated the opportunity that the UFC afforded him. Justin is eager to get back into the cage to showcase his skills and we will be keeping Justin extremely active with a fight as early as January of 2010. Our goal is to put together a string of quality wins and to prepare accordingly for when the bigger organizations come calling again. Justin wants to thank all the fans that have supported him and wants them to know that this is still just the beginning of great things to come.”

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Justin “The Viking” Wren released by the UFC

Photo: Sherdog - Justin Wren will likely be back in the UFC one day.

It is with great disappointment that we here at ProMMA.info report Justin “The Viking” Wren has been released from the UFC. FanHouse, citing an unnamed source, reported the news on Thursday.

22-year-old Justin Wren impressed UFC President Dana White on season ten of the Spike TV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” by submitting UFC veteran Wes Sims with an arm-triangle that put the big man to sleep in the first round.

Following the win, Wren advanced to the quarterfinals, where he faced eventual winner of the show (and seasoned vet) Roy Nelson. Wren lost a controversial two-round majority decision to Nelson, in which most viewers argued should have at least gone to a third round.

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Justin “The Viking” Wren’s “The Ultimate Fighter 10″ blog – episode 10

Episode 10: Showtime Schaub

The episode starts out of course with Matt “The Rat” Mitrione being a head case again. With his facial expressions and his outlandish stories he tried to play mind games with us, or he was trying to come up with an excuse of why he couldn’t fight James McSweeney. My striking coach now at Grudge Training Center in Denver, Colorado was severely offended…

Coach Trevor Wittman has been around Professional boxers for over 10 years, and he is one of the BEST trainers around, period. Matt was milking everything, and the doctors said he didn’t have a concussion, and the doctors said he was clear to fight. If he doesn’t fight, it is because of himself and not because a doctor didn’t clear him.

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Justin “The Viking” Wren’s “The Ultimate Fighter 10″ blog – episode 9

At only 22 years of age, Justin Wren has a bright future in MMA and hopefully the UFC.

“The Viking” vs. “Big Country”

At the beginning of the Episode you will see that Rashad gets the team together and tells us there won’t be any coaching done by the coaching staff. The most that we all got was mitts held for us.

I was a little taken by surprise, but it was a much better option than going over to team Rampage! I just think we may have trained a little better if they split up the guys that were fighting each other into two separate practices.

Matt was a head case again, saying he had brain damage, brain swelling, and brain bleeding! Our striking Coach Trevor Wittman was not amused, Coach T is my Coach now in Denver, is phenomenal, and has trained some of the best boxers in the World.

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Justin “The Viking” Wren’s “The Ultimate Fighter 10″ blog – episode 8

Justin Wren takes on Roy Nelson on Wednesday, Nov. 11, on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights on Spike TV.

Episode 8: Itsy Bitsy Spider

The episode started off with the Recap of the Junk vs. Mitrione fight. I was quoted saying Junk fought to 10 percent of his potential. I think he fought with a ton of heart though. Junk in practice is a monster, an animal; he has great conditioning contrary to what he showed and is a well-rounded fighter.

I still think he was the top one or two guys on his team. Junk had to have eye surgery after the fight, and also going into the fight he put a lot of pressure on himself for his family. I will not go into what happened but there was a family tragedy that struck him before he left and it was really on his mind. All that, plus the house puts a lot of pressure on people, and I think that should be told to people who have never thought about it.

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“The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights”- episode 8 recap

There is only one fight left in the prelims, and tonight we will get to see Marcus “Big Baby” Jones vs. Mike Wessel, before the next round of match ups are announced.

After the obligatory fight re-cap, “Rampage” goes on a rampage, destroying one of the doors leading out of the training center, in front of UFC President Dana White, and the rest of the cast.

Back at the house, the damage to Scott Junk that Justin Wren mentioned in last week’s blog is apparent. Junk’s eye looks to be badly damaged, and was apparently hurt by a poke in the eye during the fight, which required the fighter to have surgery to have it repaired.

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Justin “The Viking” Wren’s “The Ultimate Fighter 10″ blog – episode 7

Justin with training partners Brendan, Domico, and Nate.
Justin with training partners Brendan Schaub, Demico Rogers, and Nate Quarry.

Justin Wren TUF Blog: Voices in my head

The fight picks come out and we picked Matt “The Rat” Mitrione to fight Scott “Punk Haole” Junk, which then leaves Mike Wessell to fight Marcus Jones. It looks like Matt’s manipulation skills have worked out for him and he no longer had to fight Marcus Jones who we all agreed he was scared to fight.

Rashad and Rampage get into each other’s faces. Rampage said “he didn’t quit on his guys and that his fighters quit in the cage.” He also went on to agree that he isn’t a coach and Rashad calls him out and says he shouldn’t have accepted the job. The argument gets heated, and personal… These two guys really do HATE each other! In my opinion Ramapage shouldn’t have taken the job; yes it does hype up their fight, yes it does get him more exposure, but he has EIGHT guy’s futures that he is representing… and representing EXTREMELY poorly.

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“The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights”- episode 7 recap

The beef continues between Coach “Rampage” and Coach Evans to start this episode. Nothing new there, it just sucks that we don’t get to see these two guys settle it in the Octagon.

After a pretty bad “stanky leg” reenactment by “Rampage”, the last two fight match ups are announced by Coach Evans. In the first match up, former NFL player Matt Mitrione will face off against UFC veteran Scott Junk. The final bout be Mike Wessel versus Marcus “Big Baby” Jones.

The war of words between Coach “Rampage” and Coach Evans continue after the fight picks. With tensions escalating, the two coaches have to be separated once again, by their teams and assistant coaches.

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Justin “The Viking” Wren’s “The Ultimate Fighter 10″ blog – episode 6

After Justin left the TUF house he moved to the mountains, became a wild man, and now lives in a cave.
After Justin left the TUF house he moved to the mountains, became a wild man, and now lives in a cave.

Justin Wren TUF Blog: Schoonover beats Zak

Rampage should have never taken the job of a coach; he is a pure fighter, and has no business at all coaching. I think they have showed Rampage calling Darrill “Titties” a little bit but still no-where near as much as the heckling really was. At least twice a day, whenever we would see Rampage at training he would harass Darrill and call him “Titties” over and over. Darrill took more than most anyone ever would. When he is getting ready for a fight, and being heckled, I can completely see why he wanted to shut Rampage up!

The episode started off with a recap of last episode, and then went into the Darrill drinking in the house. The editing did show it closer to his fight than what it really was. Darrill wasn’t drinking any after the first several days in the house. The talk between him and our coaches was one of the first several days. When the commercial comes back, Rashad sticks up for Darrill, and Rampage doesn’t have much to rebuttal Rashad.

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“The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights”- episode 6 recap

Tonight’s episode starts with Darrill Schoonover getting his drink on, and from the shows previews, everyone already knows that “Rampage” and Schoonover will have some beef in this episode.

At the training center, Coach Evans introduces special guest coach Phil Nurse to the team, and tries to figure out why Schoonover is so lackadaisical and lethargic in the training session.

After his teammates sell him out as being the “drinker” of the house, Coach Evans and his coaching staff address the issue to get Schoonover to focus on why he is on the show in the first place.

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