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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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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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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