Meet the TUF 8 Cast (Lightweights)

LIGHTWEIGHTS:

1.       Joe Duarte

              Record: 3-0

              Age: 24

              Trains: Unleashed Training Facility/Alliance MMA

  MMAblog Prediction: Joe Duarte very well could be the 24 year old lightweight that Dana    White Previously referred to as the “next Anderson Silva”.  I think Duarte could go far in this, maybe even to the finals.  He has to be the favorite going into the show.  I am quite sure he makes it into the house.  Duarte is an Army vet who is a very big lightweight, who walks around at 200 pounds.  There is some speculation that he gets injured on the show. 

                Links: http://www.joeduartemma.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTWFlP7W3uk

 

2.       Shane Nelson

              Record: 11-3

              Age: 24

              Trains: B.J. Penn MMA Academy (Hilo, HI)

MMAblog Prediction: Shane Nelson is a very good prospect and we expect him also to go far in this season.  He is another one of the lightweight favorite, and the fact that he trains with B.J. Penn just helps him.    

                Links: http://www.myspace.com/sugarshane808

 

3.       Efrain Escudero

              Record: 10-0

              Age: 22

              Trains: Southwest Martial Arts (Tempe, AZ)

MMAblog Prediction: Escudero could be a surprise here.  From what I hear he has great submissions and is improving rapidly.  I predict he at least makes it into the lightweight semi-finals, and very well could be in the finals.  Escudero finishes fights.  He is 10-0 with 9 wins by submission.      

                Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwyE9XN6JSQ

                http://www.myspace.com/effyescudero

 

 

4.       Philippe Nover

              Record: 5-0=1

              Age: 24

              Trains: Team Insight (Brooklyn, NY)

MMAblog Prediction: Nover looks to have good KO’s and I expect him to make it into the house and probably at least win his first fight in the house.    

                Links:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtgwZ5LNlaE

                http://www.myspace.com/phillipenover

 

5.       Junie Allen Browning

              Record: 2-0

              Age: 22

              Trains: Four Seasons Martial Arts (Lexington, KY)

MMAblog Prediction: Browning apparently has skills.  He may be the obnoxious one on this season, but appears to be able to back it up.  I predict he will at least make it into the house.  He boats a solid 16-1 amateur record as well.  He has a solid wrestling background at Kentucky State. 

                Links:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_7WLSQ2kbA

http://www.myspace.com/allen_browning

 

6.       Wesley Murch

              Record: 4-2

              Age: 25

              Trains: Trojan Gym (Bristol, U.K.)

MMAblog Prediction: From group pictures I have seen from the show, Murch is in them, so I would assume he makes it into the house.  How much further he goes I do not know. 

                Links: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=384346374

 

 

7.       John Polakowski

              Record: 3-1

              Age: 26

              Trains: The Pit (San Luis Obispo, CA.)

MMAblog Prediction: Make it into the house.

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8.       Charles Diaz

              Record: 14-4

              Age: 30

              Trains:  Team EFX (El Cajon, CA)

MMAblog Prediction: Makes it into the house

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9.       Rolando Delgado

              Record: 7-3-1

              Age: 26

              Trains:  Westside Fight Team (Little Rock, AR)

MMAblog Prediction: May make it into the house. 

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10.   Jose Aguilar

Record: 17-3

 Age: 25

Trains:  Grappler’s Edge (Las Cruces, NM)

MMAblog Prediction: Doesn’t make it into the house 

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11.   George Roop

Record: 7-3

 Age: 26

Trains:  Ultima MMA (Tucson, AZ)

MMAblog Prediction: Doesn’t make it into the house 

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12.   Dave Kaplan

Record: 3-1

 Age: 28

Trains:  Lloyd Irvin Team (Las Cruces, NM)

MMAblog Prediction: Doesn’t make it into the house 

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13.   Fernando Bernstein

Record: 2-0

 Age: 25

Trains:  Progressive Martial Arts (San Clemente, CA)

MMAblog Prediction: Doesn’t make it into the house 

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14.   Ido Pariente

Record: 13-4

 Age: 30

Trains:  Tel Aviv, Israel

MMAblog Prediction: Doesn’t make it into the house 

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15.   Brian McLaughlin

Record: 5-0

 Age: 23

Trains:  Team Gracie Tampa (Tampa, FL)

MMAblog Prediction: Doesn’t make it into the house 

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16.   Brandon Garner

Record: 4-1

 Age: 26

Trains:  Team ROC  (Raleigh, NC)

MMAblog Prediction: Doesn’t make it into the house 

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