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Thirty-two of the world's deadliest men will compete against each other in a quest for a contract with the UFC and the title of the Ultimate Fighter. And for the first time in its history, it's all going down LIVE!

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Jon Anik
Coaches Dominick Cruz
Urijah Faber
Mentor Dana White
Creator Frank Fertitta III
Lorenzo Fertitta
Dana White
EP Craig Piligian
Lorenzo Fertitta
Dana White
Packager Pilgrim Films & TV
Zuffa, LLC
Origins UFC Training Center; Las Vegas
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Round of 32 (AKA the Fight Your Way Into the House Round)
March 9

(C-NOTE: the following program contains challenges that have been designed, choreographed, and supervised by professionals. They are extremely dangerous and should NEVER be attempted by anyone, anywhere, at any time. Viewer discretion is advised)

For fourteen cycles, Spike TV has played host to some of the deadliest MMA fighters in the world. Now that tradition of motivation, dedication, and discipline moves to a new home, and with it comes some new changes.

First of all... every fight that you see on this show will be LIVE, a move designed to add to the pressure and the tension felt by each participant.

Second, the choice of participants. Coaching this season, two all-stars who, according to new host Jon Anik, just plain don't like each other.

On one hand, you have current UFC bantamweight champion of the wooooooooooooooooorld Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz, a 26-year-old out of Tucson, Arizona. A blue-belt in Brazilian jujitsu with a record of 19-1, six by KO, one by submission, he is the top bantamweight of all of MMA, and his only loss came at the hands of his opponent... the California Kid Urijah Faber, a 31-year-old Brazilian jujitsu brown belt fighting out of Sacramento. His record: 26-5, with two wins coming via KO. The two have met twice (three times if you count the days of the World Extreme Cagefighting), and Cruz has dominated the series between them, 2 wins to 1. They will meet again in the Octagon at UFC 148 this summer.

But for now, their teams will do the talking for them.

Season 15 will be a lightweight season. If this is your first venture into the series, here's how it goes down. Each fighter will use the core disciplines of the sport: boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, jujitsu, and muay thai. The 16 winners will live together and train under their respective coaches.

Elimination matches will consist of one five-minute round. "Make it the best (^_^)ing five minutes of your life." In addition, fan favorites in the categories of fight, knockout, and submission will earn each winner $25,000. And any fight ending via submission, knockout, or referee stoppage earns the winner $5000. Of course, the winner wins a six-figure contract with the UFC and a Harley Davidson for himself... AND his coach.

Now the LEGAL....

- Three judges score the bout
- Each fight is only one five minute round TONIGHT ONLY.
- Winner gets 10 points, his opponent 9 or less based on effective striking, grappling, aggression, and octagon control

FIGHT 1: Joe Proctor (Pembroke, MA) vs. Jordan Rinaldi (Charlotte)

One minute in, and Proctor is starting to show his teeth. Actually, he's starting to show his feet AT Rinaldi's teeth. Rinaldi delivers a kick that's quickly countered with a guillotine choke. WINNER: PROCTOR (2:08, $5000)

FIGHT 2: Cristiano Marcello (Curitiba, Brazil) vs. Jared Carlsten (Los Angeles)

Marcello dominated the fight from start to finish, finishing it off to a rear naked choke. WINNER: MARCELLO (2:43, $5000)

FIGHT 3: Erin Beach (San Diego) vs. Sam Sicilia (Spokane Valley, WA)

One punch. That was it, and that was it for Beach. And the undefeated Sicilia remains as such. WINNER: SICILIA (eight seconds, $5000)

FIGHT 4: Austin Lyons (Cordova, TN) vs. Chris Tickle (Bloomington, IN)

First second... both coming at each other. By second 24, Chris was tickling the Lyons with vicious strikes resulting in the night's second KO. WINNER: TICKLE (24 seconds, $5000)

FIGHT 5: Andy Ogle (Tynemouth, UK) vs. Brendan Weafer (New York City)

Weafer spent most of the round on his back and on the receiving end of some vicious blows from the Briton. This is the first one to go the distance. And by a unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9).... WINNER: OGLE (decision)

FIGHT 6: Cody Pfister (Amarillo, TX) vs. Vinc Pichel (Sherman Oaks, CA)

Things were pretty much even until Mr. Elbow met Mr. Forehead and it ended up a bloody mess. Pfister didn't stand a chance after that. WINNER: PICHEL (3:39, $5000)

FIGHT 7: John Cofer (Hull, GA) vs. Mark Glover (Liverpool, UK)

Glover had a reach advantage over his opponent according to White, but he couldn't do much with it when Cofer started to wrestle him to the mat. Another one goes the distance, and another unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) goes to... WINNER: COFER (decision)

FIGHT 8: Chase Hackett (Littleton, CO) vs. Chris Saunders (Long Beach, CA)

Chris has his foe in a guillotine choke for a minute, but he couldn't seal the deal. Chase was tired and that showed in his limited aggression. That showed... in the judges' decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9). WINNER: SAUNDERS (decision)

FIGHT 9: Dakota Cochrane (Omaha, NE) vs. James Vick (Dallas)

Cochrane is already a decorated fighter in the precursor WEC, but that didn't help him up against James Vick, as they fought to a deadlock. The judges, also split (9-10, 10-9, 10-9). WINNER: VICK (decision).

FIGHT 10: Johnavan Visante (Pearl City, HI) vs. Michael Chiesa (Spokane Valley, WA)

Chiesa didn't waste any time taking Visante to the mat and wailing on him before a rear naked choke sealed the deal. WINNER: CHIESA (2:05, $5000)

FIGHT 11: Ali Maclean (Belfast, Northern Ireland) vs. Mike Rio (Miami)

Maclean had the advantage in the opening minutes of the fight, but Rio was the aggressor with his ground game. He was able to dodge a few choice punches, then took him down with a rear-naked choke. WINNER: RIO (3:32, $5000)

FIGHT 12: James Krause (Blue Springs, MI) vs. Justin Lawrence (Villa Ridge, MO)

Lawrence has only three fights. Krause is a WEC veteran. But Krause had no answer for what Lawrence did, and it turned ugly early. WINNER: LAWRENCE (1:25, $5000)

FIGHT 13: Daron Cruickshank (Wayne, MI) vs. Drew Dober (Omaha, NE)

Cruickshank's strategy... simple. Ground. Pound. Takedown. But this too goes the extra mile. And by a unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9).... WINNER: CRUICKSHANK (decision)

FIGHT 14: Jeff Smith (Mechanicsburg, PA) vs. Jeremy Larsen (Phoenix)

Larsen tried to land one on Smith, but Smith kept pulling away. Larsen connected, but Smith fights back. Larsen wrestles his way to top position, and the judges like that. WINNER: LARSEN (decision - 10-9, 10-9, 10-9)

FIGHT 15: Al Iaquinta (Wantagh, NY) vs. Jon Tuck (Hagtna, Guam)

A couple of freak accidents behind this match. Iaquinta was supposed to be on TUF 12, but he broke his hand. He has since healed, and now starts the fight by breaking Tuck's toe. That could've been the end right there, but it was a tough fight all the way. Decision in this was unanimous (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)... and ... WINNER: IAQUINTA (decision)

FIGHT 16: Akbarh Arreola (Chula Vista, CA) vs. Myles Jury (San Diego)

Jury wrestled Arreola to the ground and never let up. But then again, neither did Arreola and this turned into a giant boob of a fight. This one goes to the panel... and the panel give it by a unanimous (10-9).... WINNER: JURY (decision).

So we have your final 16. But who'll outlast the other 15 to become this season's Ultimate Fighter? Stay tuned...

To view extras and blogs, go to ultimatefighter.com