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The Fightlinker Guide to TUF 8 – Part 1

Since everyone else seems pretty lazy regarding finding anything out regarding the guys on this season’s Ultimate Fighter, I thought I’d do some digging on my own and see what I could find. I know, who fucking cares? But it’s a slow news day and I figured it might be fun to put something together that isn’t just regurgitated pap from other sites. The MMA blogosphere’s incestuous nature is getting a bit out of control and a bit of unique content never killed anyone. Besides, I actually found some interesting shit out about some of these guys!

I’ll be splitting this into four parts over the next four days, with 8 guys featured every day. Not only do we give you the goods on their histories and interesting facts, but we give our predictions on their chances in the house and how much of a douche we expect each guy to be! So lets do this shit!

Jose Aguilar
Age: 25
MMA Record: 17-3-0
Trains With: Grapplers Edge
Location: Las Cruces, N.M.

Not to be confused with:
Jose Aguilar, mathematician and co-author of “A Fault Tolerant Distributed Routing Algorithm Based on Combinatorial Ant Systems”
Jose Aguilar, all brass latin musician

Notable whatevers:
-Is that a pentagram tattoo on his left arm? Nice job by Spike to cater to the Satanist market.
-Neither Sherdog nor MMA.tv had a record of Jose Aguilar’s fights. The best I could find was him placing third in a USA Grappling tournament and losing in a few other tournaments.

My prediction: There’s simply not enough info available on this dude to say anything. Personally I’m a bit skeptical since his record is so large yet he doesn’t seem to exist on the net.

Douche factor: High

Fernando Bernstein
Age: 25
MMA Record: 2-0-0
Trains With: Progressive Martial Arts Academy
Location: San Clemente, Calif.

Not to be confused with:
Professor Fernando Bernstein, who teaches Supply Chain Management at Duke University

Random whatevers:
Here’s a video of Fernando fighting in Beijing back in 2006. They list him as a muay thai fighter and he sure seems to have the plum and knees down.
-Is that an amerindian/skull tattoo or some kind of reference to Iron Maiden’s Eddie? No word yet on if Burger King paid Fernando for the ugly crown on his shoulder.
-Again, this dude doesn’t exist in fight databases, but at least we’ve got youtube proof that he can bang.

My prediction: If he manages to make it into the house he probably won’t get too far. From what I’ve seen his ground game ain’t that great, and his standup is decent but nothing amazing.

Douche factor: Low

Junie Allen Browning
Age: 22
MMA Record: 2-0-0
Trains With: Four Seasons Martial Arts
Location: Lexington, Ky.

Random whatevers:
-Junie’s actually got a decent presence on the internet. Here’s his Myspace page, and props to him for a)not tricking it out to make it unreadable b) using the Dust Brothers theme from Fight Club for his page music. I like this guy already.

” target=”_blank”>Here’s a video of him smashing in some poor fool who can’t remember to keep his hands up dispite his corner screaming “HANDS UP HANDS UP HANDS UP HANDS UP” for two minutes straight.

” target=”_blank”>Here’s a highlight of Junie in action, goes to show you he’s pretty aggro, has some good hands, and some terrible taste in music (go Sandstorm!).

-Junie used to fight under the name Allen Browning (since Junie is such a gay hick name), so if you want to see his fights on Sherdog, you gotta go here and here. He switched back to Junie “kind of a reminder to me of where I’m from, where I came from. It’s like a quiet middle finger to the people who picked on me.”

-Claims an amateur record of 18-1

-Seems pretty big into the whole anarchy thing, has a giant anarchy symbol tattooed on his foot.

-Was being pimped as one of the future stars of the AFL

-Will probably win the ‘coolest tattoo’ contest for this season with this puppy.

My prediction: This guy is gonna get into the house and will probably be one of the most obnoxious guys in TUF history. But at least he’ll be able to back it up in the octagon. I expect him to be a hick version of Chris Leben.

Douche factor: Awesome Doucheness

Rolando Delgado
Age: 26
MMA Record: 7-3-1
Trains With: We$t$ide Fight Team
Location: North Little Rock, Ariz.

Not to be confused with:
Rolando Delgado, crazy spanish pastor

Random whatevers:
-You won’t find him by “Rolando” because he fights under the name Roli

-His nickname is “the Crazy Cuban”

-Check out ” target=”_blank”>this highlight of him fighting in a neon pink singlet.

-He’s listed as 6’3 and 145 pounds … guess he’s fighting up a weight class. He has also fought at 135 during his amateur career. Hardcore for such a tall motherfucker!

-Lost to Jorge Masvidal back in 2003

Roli is the BJJ coach at Westside Kickboxing and BJJ and is a black belt (although it doesn’t say who gave him his belt, just that he got it in Maceio, Brazil – is that a town known for good black belts???)

My prediction: This guy is fucking tall for a lightweight, and then you hear that he used to fight 145 and 135? If he doesn’t get his lights knocked out by some dumb brawler, I expect him to go far.

Douche factor: Low

Charles Diaz
Age: 30
MMA Record: 14-4-0
Trains With: Team EFX
Location: El Cajon, Calif.

” target=”_blank”>Here’s a video of him fighting Sean Sherk back in 2003 and here’s an interview with him talking about the upcoming fight.

-For some reason, the Sean Sherk fight is attributed to ‘Charles Taylor’ on Sherdog. You can see ‘Taylor’ ” target=”_blank”>losing to Rumino Sato via awesome flying armbar, and Taylor looks a LOT like Charles Diaz. According to MMA.tv’s database, they’re the same person.

My prediction: Gets into the house but doesn’t go very far.

Douche factor: Low

Joseph Duarte
Age: 24
MMA Record: 3-0
Trains With: Unleashed Training Facility/ Alliance MMA
Location: San Diego, Calif.

Not to be mistaken with:
Joe Duarte, author of ” High-powered Investing All-in-one For Dummies”

Random whatevers:
-Fights as Joe Duarte

-He’s from Guam and can’t go 10 seconds without bringing it up

-Prefers standing and trading
-Was part of “MMA’s Hot and Sexy Calendar Boys”

-Here’s his myspace page

-And here’s some of his words of wisdom:

OK……BREATHE IN AND OUT…OK….I WAS CHECKING THREW PEOPLES SHIT ON MYSPACE AND PEOPLE…IF YOU DON’T MAKE $250,000 OR HIGHER….DON’T PUT THAT SHIT!!! ITS FUCKING LAME AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THE BENTLEY IN THE PICTURE IS NOT YOURS, WHEN EVERYONE KNOWS YOU WORK AT TACO BELL!! PLUS ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT WRITE ME AND SAY THAT THEIR FIGHTERS TOO…..FUCK..GIVE ME A BREAK..IF YOUR NOT WILLING TO PUT THE BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS INTO TRAINING…DON’T PUT ON A SHIRT THATS SAYS TAPOUT OR SOMESHIT LIKE THAT AND TAKE A FUCKING MYSPACE PICTURE AND POST IT UP! IF YOU REALLY WANT TO FIGHT…FUCK…I’M PRETTY SURE THAT THERE ARE A BUNCH OF REAL FIGHTERS ON HERE THAT WOULD LOVE TO TRAIN YOU UP AND THEN BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF YOU ALITTLE FOR WHAT YOU DID…I MEAN….I WOULD BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF YOU IF YOU WANT!
JUST THOUGHT I SHARE THAT WITH YOU ALL!!
HYBRID-VIOLENCE IS THE ANSWER

” target=”_blank”>Here’s a video of him beating the shit out of some under qualified bastard.

-And ” target=”_blank”>here’s one where he shows off some of his ground skills.

My prediction: Makes it into the house, is an annoying motherfucker.

Douche factor: HIGH

Efrain Escudero
Age: 22
MMA Record: 10-0-0
Trains With: Southwest Martial Arts
Location: Tempe, Ariz.

Random whatevers:
-This dude looks like a fucking submission machine. 10-0 with 9 submissions! No fights against anyone with even a half decent record, but that’s still pretty decent.

Here’s his wiki page

-Efran trains under drunken master Drew Fickett!

-Full time college wrester

-Here’s the guy’s myspace page. Dude seems like a nice guy.

” target=”_blank”>Here’s a highlight video of him out wrestling everyone and then choking them out.

My prediction: Makes it into the house, goes far. Probably gonna be one of the blander guys on the show.

Douche factor: Low

Brandon Garner
Age: 26
MMA Record: 4-1-0
Trains With: Team ROC
Location: Raleigh, N.C.

Random whaters:
-Here’s his MMA.tv record, showing him at 5-1 pro / 5-1 amateur. Seems like another guy who’s pretty slick with submissions, with a bunch of triangle chokes on his record. They also have him listed as a 145 pound fighter.

-He beat Jason Dent, who was in the UFC a while back (lost to Tibau and Huerta)

” target=”_blank”>Check Brandon going from triangle to armbar back to triangle and finishing some dude off.   Pretty sweet.

-Way back when Luke Thomas was still doing Mad Squabbles, he brought up Brandon Garner as a victim of bullshit anti-MMA legislation

My prediction: Makes it into the house, although I don’t have enough info to say if he’ll get too far.

Douche factor: Unknown

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