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Introducing 5 Oz’s TUF 10 Blogger: Mike “The Juggernaut” Wessel

Introducing 5 Oz’s TUF 10 Blogger: Mike “The Juggernaut” Wessel

After growing up on the football field, Mike Wessel wound up landing a job as the strength and conditioning coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks. While content with what many would consider a “dream job”, a year into his stint with the Razorbacks Wessel began to feel that itch for competition he developed during his years spent in football boiling to the surface once again. An itch that could not be fulfilled through watching over the athletic career of others.

Training in kickboxing was the first step for Wessel, and it wasn’t long before he hooked up with fellow fighters Roli Delgado and Matt Hamilton. The rest is history.

Wessel quickly earned the monicker “The Juggernaut” after carving a path of destruction through the heavyweight ranks, finishing his first three bouts by knockout, and putting together an undefeated record of 6-0 in less than a years time spent in the sport.

The rapid rise was enough to catch the attention of the UFC, and when the news came in that Mark Burch wouldn’t be able to compete at UFC 92 as previously expected, Wessel answered the call on less than a weeks notice, facing off with feared kickboxer Antoni Hardonk. While Wessel eventually succumbed to a second round TKO, his heart and fortitude for accepting the fight was widely recognized throughout the mixed martial arts community.

Mike is kind of an exception on the show due to the fact that he had already been signed to a four fight contract with the organization prior to the bout with Hardonk. A contract he agreed to put on hold so he could have the opportunity to be a part of the most highly anticipated season of The Ultimate Fighter in the show’s history.

All of us at are ecstatic about Wessel’s agreement to blog his experiences of being in the house during The Ultimate Fighter Season 10. At 6’0″, 260 pounds, a record of 6-1, and the type of heart you just can’t teach, Mike will definitely be one to keep a close eye on during this season of TUF.

Mike is a really cool, down to earth guy. He’s excited about being a part of the 5 Oz’s family, and we’re excited to have him. You can expect his first column to be rolling out in the days following the first episode of TUF 10, which will be airing tomorrow evening on Spike TV following the UFC Fight Night 19 broadcast.

Please feel free to welcome Mike on board!

  • edub says:

    Im the juggernaut bitch.

  • Cory Brady says:

    Damn it! That’s not exactly what I meant when I said to welcome Mike on board. C’mon edub, you’re better than that, lol

  • Cory Brady says:

    & you are not the juggernaut dude. Nobody calls you that…

  • brad says:

    awesome blogger, get to see some insight from a Fayettesville guy cool deal,

    sup CB, managing editor now huh, thats awesome

  • Cory Brady says:

    What up B-rad. Haven’t seen you around in a minute. Don’t be a stranger over here brother. Give me a shout any time.

  • edub says:

    Sorry dude I just watched the video on youtube when I wrote that. My bad.

  • Batman says:

    ok so we have x-men and malibu’s most wanted lines going around on this comment board. Well I don’t know if Mike can hang with Roy Nelson or even Kimbo Slice but it should be interesting to see what happens. Mike is gonna be pist at this comment but Hardonk isn’t that good so it’s kind of bad to lose to him in the UFC if you ever want a title shot. I want to see this guy take on mike Russow and have a mike vs mike match. lol Thats just a future match that I want to see and that could get Mike back on track with a win against him. Kick boxing is pretty cool maybe Mike W. can start training in Jiu-Jitsu really hard and have a ground game against tough strikers. On a side note Kimbo really needs a ground game.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    great nickname

  • brad says:

    hey Batman, what about seeing Wessel v Mike Cienlowicz (sp). When Wessel lost to Hardonk is was a last minute replacement and he gassed in the 2nd. I cant wait to see Antoni v Pat Berry, that is going to be a good fight..

    Cory, Ill def stop by more often, keep up the great work man

  • Austin says:

    What the shit. How can this guy not have a nickname as “nuclear”
    come one. NUCLEAR WESSELS? chekov from star trek lol?