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Justin Edwards joins TUF 13 cast as Keon Caldwell’s replacement

Most people tuning in Wednesday night to the Ultimate Fighter 13 were likely disappointed at the decision of contestant Keon Caldwell turning in his Team Dos Santos colors and sacrificing the opportunity of a lifetime by walking away from the show. However, at least one viewer likely felt anything but dismay at Caldwell’s choice – his replacement, Justin Edwards.

Edwards is an undefeated fighter out of Ohio who trains with Jorge Gurgel’s team who has finished all five of the opponents he’s faced in the first round including four by way of submission. He also holds a 2009 Guillotine Choke win over John Troyer under the Bellator banner, as well as a TKO over original Ultimate Fighter alumnus Josh Rafferty from 2008.

News of Edwards’ addition to the cast was revealed by means of a congratulatory post from coach Gurgel by way of his Facebook page where he wrote, “Now we have a good reason to sit down and watch TUF. Our boy Justin Edwards gets to the house next episode! I already feel bad for the others,” while also adding a smiley-face to the end.

Fans who watched Wednesday may recall Edwards was labeled as potentially being a bit of a loose cannon in the preview for next week’s episode. Whether Gurgel’s statement was referring to his unique personality, his skills, or most likely a combination of the two remains to be seen.


  • Rece Rock says:

    The replacement already sounds more promising then most of the cast…

    I guess Keon Caldwell must have changed occupations by now… cause really whats the point after that display.

  • Dufresne says:

    I hate that they didn’t make the guys fight to get into the house. That setup made the first episode incredibly entertaining and you at least know you’ve got guys that can and will fight before anyone starts picking teams.

    Keon Caldwell quitting made me sick, but at least it allowed another guy a chance to actually get a shot at their dream. I completely understand wanting to be with your family, but come on. It’s only 6 weeks away from them and it’s a potentially life changing opportunity. Even if you don’t win, if you make a strong showing there’s a good chance you’ll get picked up for a fight or two.

    Hopefully Edwards can take this golden opportunity and make it work for him.

  • TerribleT says:

    I think the real reason why Keon left was bcuz he has a very severe case of being pu_ _y whipped not bcuz he wanted to be with his kid(although that might be a distant 2nd). He was where so many want to be. What an unbelievably stupid decision We all know that fighters other than the TUF season winner can go on to become UFC contenders,G.Maynard,K.Florian,J.Koscheck,G.Sotiropoulus,M.Guillard just to name a few have done so. That possibility is gone now too. He’ll regret this for the rest of his life…… I guarantee that!!!

  • MickeyC says:

    I have to agree with Terrible, I dout the kid was his #1 reason. Seemed to be an insecure dude to me, Seen a ton of guys act that way when they thought their lady may be busy while he was away, and very few that are that homesick for their kid after the first week. Not saying that is why, maybe I am wrong, just seemed hinkie to me. Looks like the wolves are gona turn on Brock, They must not like being called chicken shit a thousand times. I have to admit I was rooting for Chris just cause no one including his coach or team mates gave him any type of a shot, but I still think DoSantos has a better team, as long as his assistant coach does not have his guys turning on him. Everybody wants screen time!!!!

  • TerribleT says:

    The 2 fights we’ve seen so far were supposedly with 2 of the better guys in the house. I hope there’s some diamonds in the rough bcuz if these dudes are the best we don’t have a hell of a lot to look forward to.


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