The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights

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The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights
Genre Reality, Sports
Created by Craig Piligian, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White
Starring Dana White, Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans
Country of origin United States
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Spike
Original airing September 16, 2009
Chronology
Preceded by The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom
Followed by The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz

The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights[1] is the tenth installment of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)-produced reality television series The Ultimate Fighter. In a press conference following UFC 98, Dana White announced that filming for the season would begin on June 1, 2009. The season debuted on Spike TV on September 16, 2009, following UFC Fight Night 19.[2]

The UFC and Spike TV held an open casting call at The Marriott Seattle Airport Hotel in Seattle, Washington on April 6, 2009. The casting called for mixed-martial artists in the middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. On the day of tryouts, 250 potential fighters appeared including UFC & International Fight League fighters and former National Football League football players. Notable applicants included NFL veterans Herbert Goodman & Rex Richards, UFC veteran Rob Yundt, and IFL veteran Aaron Stark.[3][4] As with the previous season, all applicants at the tryouts were required to have a professional MMA record.[5]

This season did not feature an elimination round as the past three seasons had. All competitors invited to Las Vegas for the show's taping participated in the entire season.[6]

Cast[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Fighters[edit]

Others[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Episode 1: Size Does Matter
  • Only 15 fighters are lined up until Dana White introduced internet street fighting sensation, Kimbo Slice.
  • The fighters divided up and trained separately with Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson for evaluations.
  • White flipped a coin (silver for Rampage, gold for Rashad). The winner of the coin toss chose to either pick the first fighter or decide the first 2 match ups. The winning fighter's team had to win both fights to keep control of the fight match ups.
  • Evans won the coin toss and decided to pick the first fighter. This meant that Jackson got to pick the first fight.
Coach 1st Pick 2nd Pick 3rd Pick 4th Pick 5th Pick 6th Pick 7th Pick 8th Pick
Rashad James McSweeney Brendan Schaub Justin Wren Jon Madsen Roy Nelson Darrill Schoonover Matt Mitrione Mike Wessel
Rampage Kimbo Slice Abe Wagner Demico Rogers Wes Sims Scott Junk Wes Shivers Marcus Jones Zak Jensen
  • Jackson matches Wagner against Madsen.
  • Jon Madsen defeated Abe Wagner via unanimous decision after two rounds.
  • At the end of the episode, it is seen that the gash on Wagner's head is so deep that the medic treating him can see his skull.
Episode 2: All About Survival
  • Roy Nelson had a discussion with Evans and the Team Rashad coaches about his attitude and whether he really wanted to train with the team.
  • Evans matched McSweeney against Shivers.
  • Team Rashad went past their allotted training time, into the silver team's training time. Jackson approached Evans and jokingly asked the team to leave.
  • James McSweeney defeated Wes Shivers by majority decision after two rounds.
  • Evans matched Nelson against Kimbo Slice.
Episode 3: The Enemy
  • Keith Jardine appeared at Team Rashad's training session, in support of his friend's team.
  • Evans and Jackson had an argument over the scheduling of the match against each other. James McSweeney joined the argument and Evans pulled him away.
  • Marcus Jones again struggled in training, this time complaining of an apparent knee injury. Despite this, Jones expressed his desire to compete in the next fight.
  • Roy Nelson defeated Kimbo Slice by TKO (strikes) at 2:01 in the second round.
Episode 4: Snitch
  • Marcus Jones was shown sweating profusely, prompting concerns that he would not be able to fight.
  • Evans informed his team of the likely choices for the remaining fights.
  • Justin Wren disagreed with Evans' choice of fight in him against Scott Junk, owing to their friendship.
  • Matt Mitrione told Team Rampage the planned matches, which led to him becoming a pariah to the rest of his team, who subsequently labelled him as "a snitch."
  • Evans matched Schaub against Rogers.
  • Brendan Schaub defeated Demico Rogers by submission (anaconda choke) at 3:17 in the first round.
  • After the fight, Jackson did not meet with Rogers; instead, Evans gave him some words of encouragement.
Episode 5: Rude Awakening
  • Matt Mitrione injured his shoulder in training, but wished to fight soon, leading Team Rashad to question whether his shoulder was legitimately injured or merely sore.
  • Evans, in discussion with his assistant coaches, worried about putting Mitrione in the fight and continuing their undefeated streak.
  • Zak Jensen also became an outcast in the house after being accused of masturbating in the communal bathroom and passed out during practice.
  • Evans matched Wren against Sims.
  • Marcus Jones believed that Evans promised him the next fight and becomes very emotional when he is not picked.
  • Justin Wren defeated Wes Sims by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:34 in the first round.
  • Jackson walked away from the cage following the match without checking on his fighter.
  • Later, in the locker room area, Evans approached Jackson about this, lead to them having another verbal confrontation.
Episode 6: 16 Sharks
  • Phil Nurse, stand up coach for Georges St-Pierre and Evans, came to help his student at Team Rashad' training practice.
  • Evans matches Schoonover against Jensen.
  • Jackson kept calling Schoonover "titties" and during the fight announcement, Schoonover started cursing at Jackson, leading to a verbal confrontation between the two.
  • Team Rampage gave Jensen the nickname "Linderman" and Wes Sims started a poll of when Jensen would have a breakdown.
  • During a training session, Jensen suffered a large cut over his eye. It gets stitched up but there was some concern whether he can fight or wants to fight.
  • Tiki Ghosn hired an artist to draw a picture of Team Rashad. They hang it in the training center, but Evans took it down before anyone on his team could see. Team Rampage later presented it to the gold team gift wrapped.
  • Darrill Schoonover defeated Zak Jensen by submission (triangle choke) at 2:29 in the first round.
Episode 7: Voices In My Head
  • Evans announced the final two preliminary fights: Scott Junk vs. Matt Mitrione and Marcus Jones vs. Mike Wessel.
  • Evans and Jackson continued their war of words with Evans claiming that Jackson quit on his fighters, not the other way around.
  • Wes Sims and James McSweeney created a bet as to when Mitrione will break down or snap, much like the previous weeks' bet about Zak Jensen.
  • During a training session, Jon Madsen and Mitrione nearly came to blows during sparring.
  • What happened was that Mitrone was told about Madsen saying that he was going to slap him behind his back. He then decided to go out 100%, more than what the coaches instructed.
  • Evans then approached Mitrione, questioning if he would have the same aggressive temper during the fight.
  • Matt Mitrione defeated Scott Junk by majority decision after two rounds.
  • Following the match, Jackson walked away from the cage, flung a water bottle, and ripped apart a door leading to the locker room area.
Episode 8: One Soldier Left
  • Brendan Schaub drew an insulting caricature of Marcus Jones. Mike Wessel later adds "sucks balls" to the bottom of the picture which angered Jones.
  • Darrill Schoonover again squared up to Jackson over his repeated "titties" jibes.
  • Marcus Jones defeated Mike Wessel by submission (armbar) at 3:26 in the first round.
  • Jones ends up being the first and only Team Rampage member to make it into the quarterfinals.
  • White and the two coaches met with each quarter finalist to find out who their preferred opponent in the next round was.
  • The quarter final fights were announced as:
    • Roy Nelson vs. Justin Wren
    • Brendan Schaub vs. Jon Madsen
    • James McSweeney vs. Matt Mitrione
    • Marcus Jones vs. Darrill Schoonover
  • Evans offered Team Rampage members the chance to train with him and later, he and Jackson clash once more.
Episode 9: Rattled
  • Matt Mitrione complains of severe headaches and nausea as a result of his match with Scott Junk. Some believed that he may have had a concussion and may not be able to continue in the tournament. He was sent to the hospital to get a medical evaluation.
  • As a practical joke, Jackson and his assistant coaches put chickens in the cars of the Team Rashad coaches.
  • White visited the house and talked with Mitrione and has him claim that if the doctor clears him to fight, he will fight in his quarterfinal match.
  • Roy Nelson defeated Justin Wren by majority decision after two rounds.
Episode 10: Gut Check
  • Matt Mitrione said that the doctor who examined him said he had swelling of the brain as a result of his fight against Scott Junk. There is discussion among Team Rashad coaches as well as other fighters about whether Mitrione will be able to continue in the tournament.
  • Kimbo Slice had issues with his knee. He had an MRI done and an examination by a doctor. Slice was missing cartilage in his knee and faced the possibility of needing an operation.
  • The coaches challenge is 2 vs. 2 beach volleyball. Team Rashad defeated Team Rampage, earning Evans $10,000 and the gold team's fighters $1,500 each.
  • Evans talked with Mitrione and asked him if he wanted to fight. Mitrione was unable to give him a straight answer. Evans called White about the situation.
  • White talked with all of the fighters in the training center. He told them that fighters get hurt and fighters fight hurt, but none of them are being forced to fight. He told Mitrione that they will not know if he is medically cleared to fight until the next day; if he is medically cleared, he needed to decide whether he wanted to fight.
  • Brendan Schaub defeated Jon Madsen by KO (punch) at 1:39 in the second round.
Episode 11: Road to the Finale

Note: This episode aired in the United States as a two hour episode.

  • White wanted to talk with fighters for a possible replacement for Matt Mitrione.
  • White at first talked to Kimbo Slice who complained of knee problems and did not think he could fight to his fullest. Options were given to Slice, such as cortisone shots and other treatments, to improve the arthritis in his knee. However he turned down the treatment and the possible fight.
  • Mitrione talked on the phone with his doctor and said he wanted to fight. The doctor cleared him to fight.
  • Scott Junk was having problems seeing following his fight. The doctor told him there were two small tears in his retina and that he must have surgery or he may go blind. There were questions about whether or not he will be able to fight again.
  • Jones took the news about Junk personally. He told Mitrione to give a reason to hit him and claimed that he killed Junk's career.
  • Junk got an update that the eye surgery was a success and he could start training again in two months time.
  • At the weigh-in, Mitrione and McSweeney got in each other's faces, and the Englishman shoved Mitrione away.
  • James McSweeney defeated Matt Mitrione by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:38 in the first round.
  • Marcus Jones defeated Darrill Schoonover by TKO (punches) at 2:37 in the first round.
  • The semifinal matches consisted of three, five minute rounds. The semifinal matches were announced as:
    • Roy Nelson vs. James McSweeney
    • Marcus Jones vs. Brendan Schaub
  • McSweeney locked a claustrophobic Zak Jensen in the bathroom. After being let out, Jensen attacked McSweeney who put him in a standing guillotine choke until he calmed down.
  • Roy Nelson defeated James McSweeney by TKO (strikes) at 4:13 in the first round.
  • Brendan Schaub defeated Marcus Jones by TKO (punches) at 2:11 in the first round.

TV Ratings[edit]

  • "TUF 10" episode No. 1: 4.1 million viewers
  • "TUF 10" episode No. 2: 2.9 million viewers
  • "TUF 10" episode No. 3: 5.3 million viewers (peak: 7.25 million with DVR viewing)
  • "TUF 10" episode No. 4: 2.8 million viewers (peak: 4.89 million with DVR viewing)
  • "TUF 10" episode No. 5: 2.8 million viewers
  • "TUF 10" episode No. 6: 2.8 million viewers
  • "TUF 10" episode No. 7: 2.5 million viewers
  • "TUF 10" episode No. 8: 2.7 million viewers
  • "TUF 10" episode No. 9: 2.5 million viewers
  • "TUF 10" episode No. 10: 2.4 million viewers
  • "TUF 10" episode No. 11/12: 2.6 million viewers

Source: [1]

Finale[edit]

Tournament Bracket[edit]

Preliminary Round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finale
                           
           
      Abe Wagner  UD
      Jon Madsen  2  
      Jon Madsen  KO
        Brendan Schaub  2  
      Demico Rogers  SUB
      Brendan Schaub  1  
      Brendan Schaub  TKO
        Marcus Jones  1  
      Zak Jensen  SUB
      Darrill Schoonover  1  
      Darrill Schoonover  TKO
        Marcus Jones  1  
      Marcus Jones  SUB
      Mike Wessel  1  
      Brendan Schaub  KO
        Roy Nelson  1
      Wes Shivers  MD
      James McSweeney  2  
      James McSweeney  SUB
        Matt Mitrione  1  
      Scott Junk  MD
      Matt Mitrione  2  
      James McSweeney  TKO
        Roy Nelson  1  
      Kimbo Slice  TKO
      Roy Nelson  2  
      Roy Nelson  MD
        Justin Wren  2  
      Wes Sims  SUB
      Justin Wren  1  
Legend
  Team Rampage
  Team Rashad
UD
  Unanimous Decision
MD
  Majority Decision
SUB
  Submission
(T) KO
  (Technical) Knockout


Coaches' Fight[edit]

Main article: UFC 114

UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans was held on May 29, 2010 in Paradise, Nevada.

  • Light Heavyweight bout: United States Quinton Jackson vs. United States Rashad Evans
Rashad Evans defeated Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29-28) after three rounds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evans and Jackson to coach season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter"". UFC.com. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ Karkoski, Kris (May 28, 2009). ""Rampage" and Evans to Coach on TUF 10; Jackson-Machida Likely for September". MMAFrenzy.com. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ ""The Ultimate Fighter 10" tryouts net 250 applicants, three NFL vets". MMAJunkie.com. April 6, 2009. Retrieved April 8, 2009. 
  4. ^ McCray, Brad (April 7, 2009). ""The Ultimate Fighter 10" tryouts bring jubilation and heartbreak". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved April 8, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Spike TV and UFC To Hold TUF 10 Open Casting Call on April 6th in Seattle". UFC.com. March 16, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2009. 
  6. ^ Non, Sergio (June 2, 2009). "Kimbo to compete on TUF 10". USA Today. Retrieved June 2, 2009. 

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