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The Ultimate Fighter 14 will be the last season of the hit reality series to be hosted on Spike TV before the program moves to FOX affiliate network FX, and by the look of things, the partnership between the show and Spike will be going out with a bang. The show’s featherweight and bantamweight cast is backed by coaches “Mayhem” Jason Miller (23-6) and “The Count” Micheal Bisping (21-3) – a guy who likes to crack jokes and cause trouble going against someone who often can’t take a joke but himself has quite the penchant for smack-talk, ensuring that there will be plenty of coach-on-coach conflict.
If the WEC taught the MMA world anything, it’s that the lower weight classes rarely afford a boring fight. Add to that the fact that the show’s fourteenth installment features a roster of talent reminiscent of the Season 1 with an increased focus on building fighters rather than showcasing pranks on camera, and spectators are all but guaranteed an explosive season. The level of experience found throughout most of the cast points to a more mature, professional group of men looking to punch, slam, and beat their way to the UFC roster. As reported on the TUF website, the cast members of the TUF 14 are as follows:
Yet another installment of UFC Fight Night slams the Pacific Northwest and hits hard in the Key Arena of Seattle, Washington this Saturday night with UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis. The main event has veteran of the game “Lil’ Nog” Antônio Rogério Nogueira (18-4) taking on uprising star, “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis (7-0). “Rumble” Anthony Johnson (8-3) steps back in the cage after a lengthy lay-off with the hopes of making former top welterweight contender “The Outlaw” Dan Hardy (23-8) another victim of his knockout power. In a welterweight showcase, fan favorites and The Ultimate Fighter alumni meet when “Darkness” Damarques Johnson (15-8) and Amir Sadollah (4-2) step into the Octagon. In a repeat of 2010’s “Fight of the Year”, “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (10-3) steps up on short notice, replacing Nam Phan (18-9), to challenge WEC transplant “Bad Boy” Leonard Garcia (15-6-1) in a featherweight match-up. With Garcia getting the Split Decision victory in the first duel, will the “Zombie” rise from the dead to even the score or will Garcia prove he has Jung figured out? Come March 26, any doubts of their first fight will be answered only to have new questions asked. With the card free on Spike TV, there is no excuse to not tune in.