As the Houston MMA scene has continued to grow, we have started to see more and more of our fighters try out for a spot on one of the most popular reality shows on television, The Ultimate Fighter. The guys will be heading out to Las Vegas to be poked, prodded and judged on their abilities (and their personality- gotta be good for TV of course). We will try to keep track of everyone going up there, and hopefully follow them through the entire process. As of now, we know of 6 guys who are making the trip. If anyone knows of any more, please let us know so we can keep up with them as well.
Justin Reiswerg (4-1)
Since losing to Adam Schindler in his pro debut over 3 years ago, Reiswerg has obliterated his competition to become the number 4 fighter in our lightweight rankings. Reiswerg holds wins over Marc Ramirez and Rey Trujillo.
Rey Trujillo (8-7)
Trujillo started out his career like a whirlwind, starting off 8-2 as a pro. He has hit a rough patch of late, but perhaps a few weeks with some of the best trainers in the world will get him back on track. Trujillo holds a 1st round TKO win over Jose Santibanez in Strikeforce.
Alex Black (1-3)
Like Trujillo, Black started his pro career with high expectations but has met trouble in recent fights. Still very skilled, some time at the UFC training center could be exactly what he needs to get his career where he wants it to be. Black is a former champion at the amateur level.
Lee Higgins (2-1)
Higgins has had the opportunity of having the most high profile fight of the four guys, a Strikeforce matchup against then unbeaten Ryan Couture, son of former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture. Higgins went just under three hard fought rounds with Couture before submitting to a choke. He has not fought since.
Justin Murray (3-1)
Murray has flown under the radar in Houston MMA since going pro, but through no fault of his own. The Bushi Ban product has wins of Patrick Hutton, Brian Garcia and recent HDNets fights Legacy FC 8 winner Rashon Lewis. In fact, Murray’s only loss was a split decision to black belt stud Jordan Rivas. Murray will have to hurry back from the tryouts as he’s scheduled to fight Jeremy Morris on Dec 16 at Legacy FC 9.
Antonio Flores (5-3)
Flores was on a real hot streak (4 straight wins) before his knockout loss against Pete Spratt at Legacy FC 7. He should be able to match power with most of the guys trying out, and may be a sleeper pick to make it on the show, as past editions seem to have favored big punchers.
Good luck to all the guys headed out to Las Vegas. The city is behind all of you.
Again, if we are missing someone, please give us a heads up.