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The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights — Episode 1 Recap

The Ultimate Fighter 10 CastThe Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights debuted on Wednesday following UFC Fight Night 19, and the 16 fighter cast that includes street fighter Kimbo Slice, former IFL champ Roy Nelson, and four ex-NFLers was introduced to light heavyweight rivals and opposing coaches Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans.

Before a two-hour training session gets underway to allow the coaches to assess the fighters, “Rampage” makes it clear that he intends to take Slice with his first pick to the delight of Evans, who wins a coin toss and opts to take James McSweeney with the top overall pick, while Slice and the first fight selection go to Jackson.

The coaches continue to alternate picks until all 16 fighters are drafted and their teams are set:

TEAM RASHAD

  • James McSweeney
  • Brendan Schaub
  • Justin Wren
  • John Madsen
  • Roy Nelson
  • Darrill Schoonover
  • Matt Matrione
  • Mike Wessel

TEAM RAMPAGE

  • Kimbo Slice
  • Abe Wagner
  • Demico Rogers
  • Wes Sims
  • Scott Junk
  • Wes Shivers
  • Marcus Jones
  • Zak Jensen

After a training session for each team, “Rampage” announces the first matchup as Abe Wagner will take on Team Rashad’s John Madsen.

The fight is quickly underway as Madsen scores an early takedown and sets the pace for the rest of the fight before opening up a deep gash on Wagner’s forehead that pours blood. Madsen maintains the top position for the remainder of the round while offering little offense and cruises into the second round, while Wagner is surprisingly cleared to continue. Madsen again gets a takedown early in round two and, despite several standups due to a lack of action and little offense from Madsen, he’s able to control a tired Wagner on the ground to ride out an easy decision win, with the judges handing down scores of 20-16, 20-17, and 20-17.

The official result of the first opening round bout was:

  • John Madsen def. Abe Wagner via unanimous decision (20-16, 20-17, 20-17)

After the decision is announced by UFC President Dana White, who calls the bout the bloodiest in TUF history, Wagner’s gruesome cut is shown being tended to by a doctor as the Team Rampage fighter asks whether he can see his skull.

The episode concludes with Jackson telling his team not to touch gloves followed by a preview of the rest of the season, including more spats between the rival coaches and an outburst by “Rampage” that sees him destroy a gym door.

Here’s how the teams look after Team Rashad took a 1-0 lead on the debut of TUF 10:

TEAM RASHAD

  • James McSweeney
  • Brendan Schaub
  • Justin Wren
  • John Madsen (1-0)
  • Roy Nelson
  • Darrill Schoonover
  • Matt Matrione
  • Mike Wessel

TEAM RAMPAGE

  • Kimbo Slice
  • Abe Wagner
    Eliminated by John Madsen on Episode 1
  • Demico Rogers
  • Wes Sims
  • Scott Junk
  • Wes Shivers
  • Marcus Jones
  • Zak Jensen

Stay tuned to MMAFrenzy.com each Wednesday for a recap of The Ultimate Fighter 10 leading up to the December 5 TUF 10 Finale.

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