- TUF 9 OPENER NARROWS U.K. SQUAD TO EIGHT

April 1, 2009
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by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 kicked off on Wednesday night, following UFC Fight Night 18 on Spike TV. This season features a team of U.K. fighters squaring off with a team of U.S. fighters. British fighter Michael Bisping serves as coach of his countrymen, while American Dan Henderson heads up the U.S. squad.

On Wednesday night, it was all about the U.K. Starting off with eight fighters each in both the lightweight (155-pound) and welterweight (170-pound) divisions, the show pared the numbers down to four fighters in each class.

For an hour, it was fight after fight with the Brits on display.

In the end, moving on to The Ultimate Fighter house in Las Vegas, the U.K. lightweights finished with a team featuring Andre Winner, Jeff Lawson, Martin Stapleton, and Ross Pearson. The welterweights accompanying them are James Wilks, Nicholas Osipczak, Dean Amarasinghe, and David Faulkner.

U.K. Lightweight Eliminations:
–Andre Winner def. Gary Kelly by KO, R1
–Jeff Lawson def. James Bryan by Submission (Armbar), R1
–Martin Stapleton def. Dan James by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
–Ross Pearson def. A.J. Wenn by TKO (Strikes), R2

U.K. Welterweight Eliminations:
–James Wilks def. Che Mills by Sumbission (Heel Hook), R1
–Nicholas Osipczak def. Tommy Maguire by TKO (Strikes), R1
–Dean Amarasinghe def. Alex Reid by Decision after Overtime
–David Faulkner def. James Bateman by Submission (Heel Hook), R1

(Editor’s Note: This article was corrected to reflect James Wilks’ win over Che Mills, which had been incorrectly reported as a win for Mills upon initial publication.)

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