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Just when I thought that season ten of "The Ultimate Fighter" couldn't get any better for me, with the announcements of Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson as the coaches with Kimbo Slice as a participant, it did.

I just found out today via text from a former teammate of mine at Travis Lutter's gym in Fort Worth, TX, that one of the Heavyweight contestants will be my former team member Justin "The Viking" Wren.

This really hits home with me, because I had the pleasure of training with this gentleman, and when I say gentleman I do mean just that.

Justin, hands down is top 5 nicest people I have ever met in my life.

He is so well liked and works so good at helping others, that Travis actually assigned Justin to be an instructor for the MMA classes at both of his gyms.This guy always had a smile on his face, and always encouraged everyone that he trained with.

I remember when I used to roll with this guy, I was nowhere near his skill level, but he always wanted to roll with me and encouraged me to keep training with guys better than myself and it paid off.

Before I knew it, I was submitting people who had been training months and years more than me.

My fondest memory of my time spent with Justin, happened when we were rolling one day (No Gi of course), and I attempted a very dismal double-leg takedown against this former 5A Texas State Wrestling Champion (Justin set just about every wrestling record in the Heavyweight division you could in the state of Texas).

I had no clue at the time who he was, needless to say he stuffed my takedown with ease, and shortly after submitted me with a mounted body compression lock.

Think about when you try flattening an opponent out from top position to start the barrage of punches, well he submitted me with that maneuver (that should give you an idea of how strong he is).I also remember, he was training like crazy for a fight in Houston with Brad Imes (which never happened by the way) and used me to simulate the height difference he'd be facing.

Me being 6'7 and Imes being 6'7 he was able to see what it would be like fighting the former TUF season two runner up.

Though I'm no accurate portrayal of Brad Imes and his abilities, it was still fun immolating Imes and made me feel special.

I'm still conflicted on who to root for though! I'm a die-hard Kimbo Slice fan and want him to do good so he can make a fool of Dana White and shut up all the "keyboard warriors" and "media darlings" out there.

On the other hand do I root for Justin who is definitely deserving of this opportunity, and is considered by many the favorite to win.

Knowing my luck Kimbo and Justin will fight each other first hahaha!Here are some of Justin's credentials just in case you are wondering.

Justin's credentials are as follows: 2x National Wrestling Champion (1 High School Nationals 1 Greco Roman National Champion 20 and under), Ranked as high as 3rd on the U.S.A.

Olympic ladder, Resident of the United States Olympic Training Center, 5x All American, 10x Texas State Champion, Texas Record for 5 point throws, National Record for 5 point throws in the Heavyweight division, Texas Wrestling Hall of Fame, Professional MMA record of 9-1 (7 TKO's 1 KO 1 Submission).

So he definitely won't have a problem on the ground with his jiu jitsu and wrestling, but his stand-up though good, could use improvement.Also appearing on the tenth season of TUF is rumored to be former IFL Heavyweight champion Roy "Big Country" Nelson, former UFC alumni Wes Sims, and four former NFL players most notably Marcus Jones.

I'm convinced this will be the best season ever! Regardless who the winner is of this season, the UFC definitely will call back some of the cast members to bulk up their mediocre heavyweight division (so it's win-win for everybody on the show).

My prediction is Justin will make it to the finals, and beat Roy Nelson in the live finale to become the next "Ultimate Fighter." I also feel Kimbo will have a strong showing, and be offered a contract with UFC after losing in the semi-finals to Roy Nelson.

This is a MUST WATCH for all of you out there, trust me it'll be worth it! Season ten of "The Ultimate Fighter" premiers September 16th, 2009 at 10:00 p.m.

on Spike TV.



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