Season nine TUF contestant DaMarques Johnson made it to the finals of US vs. UK. Though he lost to Brit James Wilks, he was signed to the UFC. In his next UFC fight, he escaped a harrowing Peruvian necktie and came back in an impressive win against Edgar Garcia at UFC 107.
He now faces 'Bad' Brad Blackburn at UFC 112 on Saturday, April 10. Here, he offers up his top five TUF moments from the show's history. Check his list, click the pics to watch the clips, and then share your top five in the comments.
5. Sam Morgan vs. Luke Cummo, Season 2 Semifinals
Sam gets knocked out and cries once he realizes he lost. As a viewer, I could see that both guys left it all in the ring chasing their dream. It also makes you realize that sometimes you will come up short.
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4. Jon Koppenhaver vs. Jared Rollins, TUF 6 Finale
War Machine vs. J-Rock: It's not the most techinical fight but who doesn't love to watch two dudes who hate each other bang it out... and still hate each other once it's all done?
3. Nate Diaz takes on Karo Parisyan, Season 5
Nate Diaz refused to be punked by Karo Parisyan (who was there to visit his cousin, fellow finalist Manny Gamburyan) in season 5. Some people try to pull rank on you and just expect you to cater to their ego. Something has to be said for standing your ground when you're the newcomer
1. David Faulkner vs. Frank Lester, Season 9
Yes, I'm a little biased, but my personal favorite is Lester vs. Faulkner. It's just a great comeback story that proves it's never just skill in this game -- often heart can supersede skill and take you just as far.
See DaMarques at UFC 112 Saturday, April 10