The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs Team Ortiz Season 11Category: MMA
After the success of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Season 10 which shattered every ratings record by introducing Kimbo Slice to the UFC and the constant bickering between coaches Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans, here comes the new season which promises to be as explosive as its predecessor.
The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs Team Ortiz is the eleventh season of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – produced reality television series The Ultimate Fighter being shown at Spike TV.
TUF Season 11 features two former UFC light-heavyweight champions, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz as the opposing coaches. These two fighters had a history with each other as they already fought twice; at UFC 47 and UFC 66 with Liddell winning on both counts. At the TUF 11 finale, Liddell vs Ortiz 3 will happen.
TUF Season 11 features 28 fighters in the middleweight division as opposed to the usual 16 or 32. The series boasts a new “wildcard” format in which the two coaches will pick two fighters who lost their preliminary bouts to face each other for the eighth spot in the quarter-finals.
These are the fighters for each team:
Team Liddell fighters
Rich Attonito, Charles Blanchard, Josh Bryant, Joseph Henle, Court McGee, Kyle Noke, Brad Tavares
Team Ortiz (Punishment) fighters
Seth Baczynski (replacement for Chris Camozzi), James Hammortree, Kris McCray, Clayton McKinney, Nick Ring, Kyacey Uscola, Jamie Yager
Fighters eliminated before entry round
Brent Cooper, Jacen Flynn, Charley Lynch, Victor O’Donnell, Norman Paraisy, Costantinos Phillipou, Greg Rebello, Jordan Smith, Ben Stark, Lyle Steffens, Warren Thompson, Cleburn Walker, Woody Wetherby
The show had its season premiere on March 31, 2010 at 10 PM ET/PT, following Spike TV’s airing of UFC Fight Night 21, which featured a headliner between top UFC lightweight contender Kenny Florian and UFC newcomer Takanori Gomi.
You can watch Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs Team Ortiz Season 11 episodes at the following links and schedule:
Episode 1: Smashed Up – March 31, 2010
Episode 2: Suck It Up – April 7, 2010
Episode 3: A Lotta Heart – April 14, 2010
Episode 4: Clown Box – April 21, 2010
Episode 5: If It Breathes, It Bleeds – April 28, 2010
Episode 6: Did Your Dizzle – May 5, 2010
Episode 7: Coming for Blood – May 12, 2010
Episode 8: Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed – May 19, 2010
Episode 9: Civilized Sport – May 26, 2010
Episode 10: Shocked and Awed – June 2, 2010
Episode 11: A Will to Win – June 9, 2010
Episode 12 – June 16, 2010
The show will have its season finale on June 19, 2010 LIVE from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
It is hosted by UFC president Dana White.
UPDATE April 14, 2010: At tonight’s episode 3, Chris Camozzi was deemed unfit to continue due to a fractured jaw. He is replaced by Seth Baczynski.
UPDATE June 2, 2010: Rich Franklin comes in to replace Tito Ortiz as a coach due to Tito’s neck injury that requires immediate surgery. He will also face Chuck Liddell in the main event of the UFC 115 fight card.
UPDATE June 9, 2010: The assistant coaches for Team Franklin were introduced as former TUF season 7 coach Forrest Griffin, Gray Maynard (who also worked as an assistant wrestling coach for Forrest that season) and Tyson Griffin.
UPDATE June 12, 2010: Rich Franklin knocks out Chuck Liddell in the main event of UFC 115!
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