Yesterday Spike TV.com announced the upcoming fighters for Season 3 of the Ultimate Fighter TV Show. Going into the show, we knew that Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz would be the coaches on the show. Now we know who the fighters will be competiting in the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Divisions. MMAWeekly.com gives you information of what you can expect on the upcoming show.
Ultimate Fighter Season 3 Middleweights
Ed Herman – Herman has got to be considered the most decorated fighter for Season 3 of the Ultimate Fighter. Herman, a Team Quest fighter, is 10-3 and has competed against top level competition. Herman defeated Dave Menne by TKO due to corner stoppage at the Extreme Challenge event last July. Herman also has wins against Brian Ebersole and Nick Thompson. Herman battled Joe Doerksen in a tough fight as Ed came up on the short end of the stick in three tough rounds. Herman has to be considered the favorite in the competition.
Mike Stine – Stine, a middleweight has very good stand up. Very explosive but very raw. Has only one fight under his belt and that was a win over Derek Johnson at the Ring of Combat promotion. We didn’t see much of him as the fight only lasted :21 seconds.
Kristian Rotharmel – Talk about a tough professional debut, you have to give Kristian Rotharmel alot of credit as he started his career going against some guy named Jeremy Horn. What ever happened to that Horn right? After losing his first two fights against Horn and Joe Slick in Extreme Challenge, Rotharmel then fired off four straight wins taking out Aaron Pendleton, Chad Cook, Jimmy Cleaver and Sam Adkins. Rotharmel has never gone to a decision in his four wins in six tries. Kristian has spent plenty of time fighting in the midwest.
Danny Abaddi – A relative unknown he is a young aggressive fighter making his debut on the Ultimate Fighter show.
Solomon Hutcherson – Hutcherson has won 6 of his first 8 professional fights. His only losses are to UFC veteran Jorge Rivera and Emyr Bussade earlier in his career. He’s a very well rounded fighter with very good submissions with solid stand up skills as well.
Kendal Groves – Groves has spent most of his fight career in Hawaii. He has fought in big organizations like Rumble on the Rock and King of the Cage. The biggest name Groves has fought was a loss to Joe Riggs at Rumble on the Rock. Groves is very tall as he’s close to 6’4 and uses his length for some great submissions. Groves has a 6-3 MMA record.
Rory Singer – Singer has fought some very tough guys, including Dennis Hallman, Daijiro Matsui and Dustin Denes. Unfortunately he lost to all three fighters. Singer won 8 of his first 13 fights and has very solid submissions as most of his wins have come via submissions.
Kalib Starnes – Starnes is an undefeated fighter who is a perfect 6-0 in his young career. He also has a win over a good veteran in Jason McDonald. The jury is still out on this young fighter but the bottom line is in his undefeated streak he has never been out of the first round and could be the dark horse going into Season 3.
Ultimate Fighter Season 3 Light Heavyweights
Matt Hammel – The most interesting thing about this young man is the fact that he was born deaf. That’s right Matt can’t hear his corner during fights. It will be very interesting to see how he progresses through the competition in the Light Heavyweight Division.
Ross Pointon – A very interesting choice by the TUF 3 producers. Pointon is a fighter who has just a 4-6 record. He is exciting and does bring it every fight. The biggest name he faced was Valentin Overeem as he lost to him in the fight.
Mike Nichols – Nichols has won three of his first four fights. Two of the three wins have come by submission
Jesse Forbes – Forbes had just one professional fight, which was a win. Forbes won his professional debut in the Rage in the Cage organization as he hook out Arturo Segovia by armbar in two rounds.
Noah Inhafer – Maybe the most interesting stat was that he lost to fellow Season 3 member Mike Nichols by rear nake choke prior to this season of the ultimate fighter. Inhafer does have a win against Kyle Olsen to even his record at 1-1.
Josh Haynes – Haynes has won 7 of his 11 professional fights. His losses have come at the hands of veterans Shonie Carter and Scary Jerry Vrbanovic among others. All seven of his wins have come by submission.
Tait Fletcher – A very interesting fighter who has a 3-1 record and his only loss was to Scott Smith (Smith will be fighting David Terrell in the UFC) in the WEC Light Heavyweight Tournament. Fletcher trains under Eddie Bravo and is a submission specialist.
Michael Bisping – Maybe the favorite to win this competitoin with a perfect 10-0 record. Bispring also has a win over fellow TUF 3 contestant Ross Pointon. Big question though, has he fought great competition? Questions should be answered soon enough.