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World Series of Fighting is one of the best things that has happened to MMA recently for a variety of reasons. They are fast becoming known for their impressive roster of fighters, great match ups, and last but not least their very sexy ring gIrls. Take Jessica Sutton for example, originally from New Jersey this dark haired beauty made her way to Las Vegas and found a new home to pursue her modeling career. When she heard WSOF was holding tryouts to be a ring girl she entered the 12 week long contest and the rest, as they say, is history. Honestly we don't know why it took 12 weeks, it took us less than 2 seconds for us to realize she was a winner. We are still however trying to convince her to do our 12 week unpaid bikini internship back at our place(we'll let you know how that goes). Jessica is definitely one to keep an eye on as she seems well on her way to do big things in the near future. She's a combination of looks, brains, and determination. An unstoppable combination any way you look at it. Join us after the jump as we manage to catch up with Jessica and chat about a few things, oh yea and she was kind enough to share some of her sexiest pics with us as well. You can thank us later! In the meantime be sure to follow her on twitter @JLoveURLife and like her official Facebook page, you'll be glad you did.
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TUF to Anchor New Network’s Wednesday Night UFC® Block
Season 18 to Feature First-Ever Women Coaches and Competitors
A new network, new day and time, new coaches and new captivating storylines.
The Ultimate Fighter®, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s® (UFC®) signature reality series, moves to FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports’ newly minted multi-sport national cable channel, when it returns in September. The series, featuring UFC® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Cat Zingano as coaches, also moves to Wednesday evening at 10:00 PM ET where it anchors FS1’s prime time UFC programming block. FS1 launches Saturday, Aug. 17 and season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter premieres Wednesday, Sept. 4 (10:00 PM ET).
“Bringing The Ultimate Fighter to FOX Sports 1 is like adding a big bat to an exciting young lineup,” said Shanks. “TUF has jump-started the careers of dozens of fighters, many who have gone on to become UFC champions. It’s going to be a welcomed addition to FOX Sports 1, and the perfect anchor for our Wednesday prime time UFC block. We’re absolutely thrilled to have it.”
“Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter just ended and it was the best season we’ve ever done,” said UFC® President Dana White. “Season 18 is going to be historic and groundbreaking with the first-ever women coaches, and men and women training and living together, and we’re excited to be airing it on the best new sports network in the country, FOX Sports 1.”
Earlier this year, UFC announced that Rousey, who defeated challenger Liz Carmouche in the UFC’s first women’s bout during UFC® 157, would serve as the first-ever woman coach on the series alongside the winner of today’s Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano No.1 contender fight.
Moments ago Cat Zingano defeated Miesha Tate by TKO (referee stoppage) in round 3 at The Ultimate Fighter Finale event in Las Vegas.
Together Rousey and Zingano will mentor male and female bantamweight (135 lbs) fighters – living and training together – vying for the title of The Ultimate Fighter and a six-figure contract with the UFC.
“Having the opportunity to help fighters kick off their careers – especially the women – is an amazing experience,” said Rousey. “I’ve had the chance to be a guest on past episodes, and I felt the passion, determination and commitment these fighters bring to the sport. I can’t wait to start coaching this next history-making season on this exciting new network.”
The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in 2005, has launched the careers of more than 100 UFC fighters and has produced past champions such as Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping and Matt Serra. Bantamweights were most recently featured on The Ultimate Fighter 14, when John Dodson emerged as the season’s winner.
At launch, FOX Sports 1 is available in over 90 million homes, making this the biggest sports cable network launch in history, and one of the largest network launches ever. It boasts nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually. In addition to TUF 18, over the course of the year FS1’s Wednesday night UFC programming includes live fight events; UFC TONIGHT, the weekly authority for UFC news and information; and the best library programs.
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The Ultimate Fighter Season Finale took place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas in front of a crowd of 5,549 headlined by Urijah Faber taking on Scott Jorgensen. While Jorgensen is friends with Faber and has trained with him in the past, both men put it all to the side and did their best to finish the other and put on a show. Jorgensen proved to be a game fighter and did his best to take the fight to Faber but "The California Kid" showed he was in a different level outclassing his opponent. Always bringing a relentless pace that will wear most men, Faber out struck and out grappled Jorgensen eventually breaking him in the 4th round and sinking in a rear naked choke for the victory. The TUF Finale numbers proved to be an improvement over the previous 2 seasons doubling the season 16's final of 2,500 and crushing the dismal season 15 showing of 1,628. TUF seems to have found it's momentum again and with the new coaches and new network announced, it will be interesting to see where season 18 takes us.
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It seemed like this season of the Ultimate Fighter was the coming out party for Urijah Hall. Throughout the show he was crushing everyone unlucky enough to share the Octagon with him. The TUF finale was supposed to be his official coronation as the new contender in the middleweight division, but apparently Kelvin Gastelum never got the memo. He came at Hall with everything he had and managed to get the split decision victory, a kick ass new Harley, and a $100,000 contract with the UFC. Hall might have been a victim of his own hype and started the fight off with a VERY relaxed demeanor, with his hands down and seemingly not worried about Gastelum's striking at all. Only after he found himself on his back a few times did he seem to realize he was in a fight and managed to pick up the pace with some strong wrestling of his own but he never seemed to push the pace like his opponent. Gastelum for his part did what he has been doing all season and simply beat the guy that was supposed to beat him. He quietly made his way through the tournament without really being given the respect he deserved. Even after his victory it seemed more like the topic was still not how he wins but how his opponent lost. A big part of this equation is certainly Hall's unwillingness to engage but let's give credit where it's due. The TUF championship belongs to Gastelum. Whether or not he will be a factor in the division remains to be seen but he earned his win, if only because he was the only one to realize that you need to to deliver results before you can believe the hype.