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Spike TV officially announces cast of The Ultimate Fighter 6

Spike TV has issued a press release officially announcing several details pertaining to the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter 6.

The season premiere is set for Wednesday, September 19 at 11 p.m. following a live telcast of UFC Fight Night.  The show will then begin showing in its regular time slot the following week at 10 p.m. ET.

The live season finale will take place sometime in December with the coaches from the show, Matt Serra and Matt Hughes, expected to fight on pay-per-view soon after.

The official cast is as follows:

* Matt Arroyo (who trains with “Monsta Lobsta” and Brent Hatley at Gracie Tampa… Arroyo will also be doing weekly day-after recaps on The Bubba the Love Sponge Show)

* Daniel Barrera

* Blake Bowman (I keep hearing he has a lot of personality)

* Mac Danzig (who I consider the favorite to win the show)

* Paul Georgieff

* Richie Hightower

* John Kolsci

* Troy Mandaloniz

* Billy Miles

* Roman Mitichyan (a Hollywood stuntman and part-time actor)

* Dorian Price

* Jared Rollins

* Ben Saunders

* Joe Scarola

* George Sotiropoulis

* Tommy Speer

I saw a preview clip of the show at UFC 74 on Saturday (I’m assuming it aired on the PPV?) and saw a lot of potential drama taking place. The clip did a good job of getting me excited to see the upcoming season.

  • Sam, I have to take umbrage with your last comment. Earlier in the blog you condemned Renato Sobral and excoriated the UFC for not taking action against him. You compared the situation to the Sims/Thomas street fight and stated that the UFC handed the situation correctly. Now you say you’re looking forward to the next season of TUF because of the “potential drama”? The season hasn’t even started and the UFC is already selling the possibility of more in-house fighting. The promo clip was loaded with shots of guys going at it in the house, of doors being kicked in, and the general testosterone-laced ugliness that occurs when that many young guys are shoved into cramped corners.

    Isn’t it a double standard to expect the UFC to come down hard on disrespectful acts, but to allow them to market their shows with similar behavior? The clip that aired during the PPV ended with a fighter spitting either at another guy or into someone’s room after the scuffle. While I think the UFC had every right to axe Sims/Thomas, they did heavily promote the fight in advertising for the TUF episode. Shouldn’t they have edited it out if they really wanted to reinforce that that behavior isn’t accepted as opposed to profiting off it? Clearly the UFC likes the attention from the controversy, whether it was the street fight, Heath Herring’s kiss, or any of Tito’s antics. I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up using Sobral’s choke (which probably looked worse in person, on video it looked like he held it for 2-3 seconds too long) to market a rematch between Sobral and Heath.

  • Sam Caplan says:


    I think your comments are a REACH and I can’t help but wondering if this is more of a personal attack than anything else? I remember you taking some pot shots at me in your initial columns at

    The fact that you somehow concocted a angle where you could tie the comments on separate issues together is ridiculous and the reason why I am questioning the intent behind your comment.

    First, I made some comments on CLIPS FOR A REALITY TV show. We saw a few seconds of a few scenes. We have no idea the context of any of the incidents shown. I simply said it was a good preview for the upcoming season and it drew my interest. I was critical of the Thomas vs. Sims incident and if it turns out there’s anything like it this season, I would be critical too.

    There’s no double standard. Controversy sells. There’s a big difference between Tito’s antics and Sobral’s choke. So far, nobody is trying to make money off Sobral’s choke and if they do, I think it it’s pretty obvious what my reaction will be.

    In regard to your comment about how the Sims vs. Thomas incident was promoted, the UFC doesn’t have complete control over how its product is promoted on Spike TV. That could have could have been Spike’s call. We don’t know.

    Regardless, I think you’re grasping at straws.

    Let’s wait until there’s a full episode of TUF 6 that has aired before we condemn it.

  • Sam Caplan says:


    I think I might have confused you with another writer at who started writing MMA for the site around the same time as you so I wanted to apologize for the mix up.

    However, I still think your argument is a MAJOR reach. I don’t know how you can twist comments written about a clip for a reality show and tie them into my diatribes about Sobral.

  • bubbafat says:

    In a statement made by D.W. he mentioned that it was Spike behind the Sims/Thomas idea for the finale fight night, not the UFC’s. He made it quite clear that the fight would never happen as long as he was boss. This tells us we don’t know the extent of creative influence held by Spike over the show. This is millions of dollars worth of exposure and the fact that Spike or Zuffa(no matter who made the call) decided to show it can be viewed as a good thing regardless of the intent, because in the end , Marlon Sims and Noah Thomas have been made examples of. Unless Babalu does some major league asskissing(not just to the UFC but the MMA community) he may find himself fighting in some other organization.

  • Asa says:

    Wasn’t the whole point of condemning the LoserFight that it gave the sport a bad image? That it associated violent adolescent behavior with MMA? A sport trying desperately to distance itself from immaturity and brutality?

    Babalu committed his own act of childish violence to solve a minor social problem and was berated about it, here and elsewhere. You, and others, spoke-up for the dignity and respect this sport is trying to earn during all of these situations.

    It seems weird to your readers that you’re now excited for a show promoted as mostly adolescent violent drama, which is directly associated with this sport on national television. This seems like the point in the blog where you would continue that trend by asking them to nip this kind of promotion and association in the bud. But you can’t; We all know it can bring more fans into the sport. For better or much worse. I dunno, perhaps your reasons for thinking its Ok are different, but that’s the only one they’re probably considering.

    Just my 2¢

  • jaydog says:

    Of two minds:

    I, for one, hate the fact that Spike focuses on the ego-centered sadistic behavior in the TUF house. I also hate fact that Dana/UFC believe that the public needs reality show drama to get excited about MMA (see 9 month delay on Serra/Hughes). So, I do think it’s hypocritical that outside the cage fist fights are condemned one season of TUF, and seemingly promoted the next. So, it’s the chickens coming home to roost when Babalu (and BJ in the TUF finale!) exhibits the same revenge-seeking and unsportsman-like behavior. Is this a reach? Not so much. Media is very influential for establishing an organizational culture. Bad behavior is often rewarded in the UFC.

    On the other hand, I was glad that Noah tried to shut Marlon up in TUF5. The whole season seemed to be building up to that. The show makes people A) wanna prove themselves by fighting and B) it makes people never wanna live in a group house. Also, I only saw a brief GIF of the Babalu choke, but I feel like the guy exhibited the sort of logic that is established through many of the UFC’s enflamed match-ups. Bad-blood sells and Babalu just followed through. It’s disgusting, but it’s a logical progression.

    Anyhow, I know I’m stirring the pot. I usually tend to agree with you, Sam. But, on this one I feel like it’s all interconnected whether we like it or not. Moral: There is none when fighting is involved. Just might makes right.


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