Monday, March 21, 2011

Liveblog: TUF Tryouts Part 1

MMA Journalist is here at the Marriott at Newark Liberty Airport, matside for the tryouts for upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. The menu today is all 135ers and 145ers, and according to SpikeTV reps, about 400+ aspiring TUFers have shown up. Notable fighters include: 5in Thomas (!), ROC champs Binky Jones, Steve DeAngelis, Louis Gaudinot, KOTC champ Jimmie Rivera, and some dude with one leg. Incidentally, the first component of the process (after registration and pre-screening) is grappling, and the dude with one leg did pretty well. To make things interesting, Dana White is giving out 100 bucks to anyone who nails a submission; the big question is how much will he pay to the fighter who knocks out the trainer holding the pads in the striking portion?

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