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"Ultimate Fighter" Season 9 Contestants

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
March 11th, 2009
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The 32 fighters competing on the U.S. vs. U.K. season of the “Ultimate Fighter” have been announced via UFC.com. Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson will be the coaches for their respective countries as the show debuts on SpikeTV on April 1st.

Season 9 of the “Ultimate Fighter” will feature both welterweights and lightweights vying for a contract to fight for the UFC.

Here are the list of guys who most of the casual MMA world has never heard of. Hopefully, this season will be void of the usual drunken confrontations and get down to the actual training and fighting:

Fighting to Represent the United States

Welterweight:
– Ryan Biglar
A member of team Cobra Kai in Las Vegas, Biglar is a 24-year-old jiu-jitsu artist originally from Guam.

– Ray Elbe
Born and raised in Arizona, the 25-year-old Elbe (20-11) has spent parts of the last three years perfecting his muay thai skills in Phuket, Thailand.

– Christian Fulgium
Fighting out of the Gladiator camp in Lafayette, Louisiana, Fulgium is a wrestler with a combined 6-2-1 mixed martial arts record.

– DaMarques Johnson
Johnson, a member of Elite Performance in Salt Lake City, Utah, began training in mixed martial arts in 2001 while serving in the military. He has since amassed a 13-6 mixed martial arts record.

– Kevin Knabjian
Born and raised in Chicago, Knabjian (10-3-1) wrestled at Division 1 Eastern Illinois University and graduated with a degree in Business Management. Knabjian trains out of Gilbert Grappling in Chicago.

– Mark Miller
A 5’10” welterweight muay thai artist, Miller (10-4) trains out of Dino Costeas MMA and Toro Muay Thai in Chicago.

– Jason Pierce
A former soccer standout at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Pierce (9-0) trains with Bettendorf’s Miletich Fighting Systems camp.

– Kiel Reid
Born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa, Reid (8-1) returned to the area in 2005 to take up mixed martial arts full-time with the Miletich Fighting Systems camp.

Lightweight:
– Paul Bird
A stand-up fighter, Paul Bird (4-1) trains in West Des Moines, Iowa out of the Des Moines MMA camp.

– Santino DeFranco
26-year-old Santino DeFranco trains out of Southwest MMA in Tempe, AZ. A 5’10” jiu-jitsu specialist, DeFranco holds a 13-4 mixed martial arts record.

– Jason Dent
Sumbission specialist Jason Dent owns and operates Griffon Brawl gym in Mentor, Ohio. He holds a combined 19-9 mixed martial arts record with bouts against Roger Huerta at UFC 63 and Gleison Tibau at UFC 68 under his belt.

– Cameron Dollar
A member of Fight Factory in Colorado Springs, CO, Dollar (4-1) has trained with TUF alums Cory Hill and Noah Thomas.

– Tom Hayden
Tom Hayden, 4-0, is a ground specialist who trains out of TUF 2 alum’s Jorge Gurgel camp in West Chester, OH.

– Waylon Lowe
Fighting out of Jorge Gurgel’s camp in Ohio, the 28-year-old Waylon Lowe owns a 5-2 mixed martial arts record.

– Josh Souder
A well-rounded fighter out of Team Prodigy in Ohio, the 5’7” Josh Souder owns a 7-2 overall mixed martial arts record.

– Richie Whitson
Born and raised in Alaska, the heavy-handed Whitson holds a perfect 4-0 mixed martial arts record. He currently trains out of Temecula, CA with Team Quest.

Fighting to Represent the United Kingdom

Welterweight:
– Dean Amarasinghe
Rough House Gym’s Dean Amarasinghe (4-1) is a 5’10” grappler from Nottingham, England.

– James Bateman
5’10” striker James Bateman (2-1) trains with Grimsby NHB in Grimsby, England.

– David Faulkner
5’9” ground specialist David Faulkner trains with Wolfslair in Widnes, England. The 28-year-old born in Kirkby holds a 2-1 mixed martial arts record.

– Tommy Maguire
20-year-old Tommy Maguire trains in Wisbech, England with Tsunami Gym. The 5’7” stand-up fighter holds a 5-2 mixed martial arts record, with three wins coming via TKO.

– Che Mills
Born is Gloucester, England, 6’2” welterweight Che Mills (7-2) trains with Mark Weir’s Range Fighting in the UK.

– Nicholas Osipczak
Sporting a perfect 3-0 record, Nicholas Osipczak trains in London, England with Pancrase UK.

– Alex Reid
Alexander Reid trains in London, England with the London Shoot Fighters. The 33-year-old stand up artist is 10-9-1 in his twenty mixed martial arts bouts.

– James Wilks
Born and raised in England, 30-year-old fighter James Wilks has trained with Eric Paulson in Orange County, California since 2000. The 6’1” striker is 5-2 in his mixed martial arts career.

Lightweight:
– James Bryan
Lightweight James Bryan (3-1) is a 25-year-old stand up fighter from Somerset, England.

– Dan James
Dan James, 3-0, is a stand up artist fighting out of Swansea, Wales. The 5’10” fighter has won two of his fights by TKO.

– Gary Kelly
Wolfslair fighter Gary Kelly (2-1) is a 25-year-old striker from Liverpool, England.

– Jeff Lawson
5’6 lightweight Jess Lawson (13-2) trains with Team Bulldog out of Dorset, England.

– Ross Pearson
24-year-old striker Ross Pearson (9-3) is a member of Sunderland Jiu-Jitsu & MMA Club in Sunderland, England.

– Martin Stapleton
Born in Manchester, England, 25-year-old Thai boxer Martin Stapleton (5-1) trains with Quannum Combat Arts.

– AJ Wenn
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AJ Wenn is a well-rounded fighter training out of Tsunami Gym. The 24-year-old has a 7-2 mixed martial arts record.

– Andre Winner
Lightweight Andre Winner (9-2-1) trains out of Rough House in London, England.

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