Blue Mountain State – Season 3 Photos

August 31st, 2011 by faziod

BMS Season 3 Sneak Peek – Season Premieres September 21 @ 11 PM, ET/PT

August 31st, 2011 by SPIKE Press

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Season Three Of “Blue Mountain State” Kicks-Off Wednesday, September 21

August 31st, 2011 by faziod

SEASON THREE OF “BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE” KICKS-OFF ON SPIKE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 WITH BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES

STARTING AT 11 PM, ET/PT

Denise Richards Returns For Another Season Of College Football Comedy

New England Patriots Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco Guest Stars In Season Premiere

New York, NY, August 31, 2011 – A new season of Spike TV’s college football comedy series “Blue Mountain State” kicks-off starting Wednesday, September 21 with two back-to-back episodes at 11 PM and 11:30 PM, ET/PT.

“Blue Mountain State” follows the on and off-field antics of college football powerhouse, Blue Mountain State.  Former NFL running back and veteran actor, Ed Marinaro (“Hill Street Blues”), stars as no-nonsense Coach Daniels.  In season 3, Coach Daniels will have his authority challenged when the boosters force him to hire a hotshot offensive coordinator/head coach-in-waiting.  Alex, played by Emmy Award®-winner Darin Brooks (“Blue Crush”), will have to step up from being a fun-loving second-string to the starting quarterback.  The cast also includes Thad, played by Alan Ritchson (“Smallville”), the team’s over-the-top team captain and Sammy, the team’s mascot, played by Romanski (“The Sarah Silverman Program”).

Denise Richards returns for a second season as Debra, the sexy, sharp-tongued ex-wife of Coach Daniels.

In the season three premiere at 11 PM, ET/PT titled “The Captain,” Alex (Brooks) adjusts to becoming the starting quarterback and team captain, Thad (Ritchson) awaits word on his future with the team after his drug related arrest following BMS’ loss in last season’s championship game.  Following the arrival of a new offensive coordinator, Marcus Gilday (Anthony Lemke) with a desire and scheme to take BMS head coach Marty Daniels’ (Ed Marinaro) job, Coach Daniels finds an unlikely ally in ex-wife Debra (Denise Richards).  New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco makes a guest appearance, coming to campus to take part in a bizarre captain induction ceremony for Alex.

The second episode at 11:30 PM, ET/PT titled “Dic Pics,” Alex (Brooks) and Thad (Ritchson) deal with the ramifications of a pornographic photo that Thad sent from Alex’s phone after it makes its way around campus.  The episode features guest appearances by Richard Christy and Sal Governale of “The Howard Stern Show.”

Spike.com will also get into all the football action with “Blue Mountain State.” In addition to featuring weekly preview clips and highlight segments from each episode once the season starts, bms.spike.com will feature exclusive season three content including info on celebrity cameos, character biographies and a Music of Blue Mountain State section where fans can find out where to buy songs heard on the show. Fans can “Join The Goathouse” to receive weekly emails and exclusive content about “Blue Mountain State” starting now and continuing throughout the season, and can also connect to the series via the official Blue Mountain State Facebook page and follow the all the action on Twitter @BlueMtnState and the hashtag, #BMS.

Produced by Varsity Pictures’ Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), “Blue Mountain State” experienced significant ratings growth in season 2 compared to season 1, delivering a +33% increase in Men 18-34, +50% in Men 18-24, and +14% in Men 18-49.

Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett are executive producers.  Romanski, who also stars as Sammy, and Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program,” “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”) also serve as executive producers and writers.

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The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs Team Miller – Cast Bios

August 30th, 2011 by gulatis

BANTAMWEIGHTS

John Albert
Fighting out of: Puyallup, Washington
Age: 24

Record: 6-1-0

Gifted with natural athletic talent, John Albert played soccer and wrestled through junior high school, but decided not to pursue these sports at Governor John Rogers High in Puyallup, WA.  Upon graduating in 2005, Albert began plying his trade as a commercial electrician, when a friend approached him asking for help training for an upcoming mixed martial arts bout.  Despite not having wrestled in four years, Albert’s takedown ability and defense wowed everyone in the gym.  On the flipside, Albert was wholly unprepared for the punches and kicks that came his way in sparring sessions, and was determined to become versed in those disciplines and become a mixed martial artist.

Albert soon sought out Dennis Hallman’s Victory Athletics Gym in Olympia, WA where he still trains today.  He has since abandoned his previous career as an electrician to focus on fighting full time, and said being selected for this season of “The Ultimate Fighter” was one of the greatest things to ever happen to him.  After training with “The Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Len Bentley back home, he believes he is fully prepared for the trials and tribulations that come with training and living with fifteen other mixed martial artists for the next six weeks.

Johnny Bedford
Fighting out of: Forth Worth, TX
Record: 17-9-1
Age: 28

Bedford was born and raised outside of Toledo, Ohio where he was first introduced to the sport of mixed martial arts.  While attending Woodmore High school, Bedford was a member of the varsity wrestling team where he qualified for the state championships, placing twice, including a third place finish during his senior year in 2001.  Upon graduation, Bedford enrolled at Cleveland State University, where he was a Division 1 NCAA wrestler for two years while beginning to take up MMA fights.

Fighting in smaller events, Bedford soon found himself taking on two or three fights some months to support his wife and four year-old.  Faced with mediocre fight opportunities and financial difficulties, Bedford left the Midwest to his current location in Forth Worth, Texas, where he trains at the gym he founded, the Fitness Fight Factory.

Roland Delorme
Fighting out of: Winnipeg, CA / Winnipeg Academy of Mixed Martial Arts
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 27

From a young age, Roland Delorme claims he has always had a problem sitting still.  A bundle of energy, his parents enrolled him in judo in the fifth grade in an attempt to give him more focus.  For the next decade, he began trained in Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai at the Winnipeg Academy of Mixed Martial Arts, where he is still a member.

Boasting a 6-1-0 record, it seems the 27-year old Winnipeg native has found his focus, even though he says a lot of his childhood energy has carried into his adult life. Trying to keep a level-headed approach to training, Delorme is ready to focus his energy and excitement into training with new people and competing in Las Vegas for the next six weeks in the hopes of becoming “The Ultimate Fighter.”

 

TJ Dillashaw
Fighting out of: Sacramento, CA / Team Alpha Male
Record: 4-0-0
Age: 25

Born and raised in Angels Camp, CA, TJ Dillashaw graduated from Brett Harte Union High School in 2004, where he was a standout wrestler, garnering All State honors his junior and senior years.  Colleges took notice, and Dillashaw declined recruiting overtures from a number of schools including UC Davis and their superstar wrestler Urijah Faber (currently a UFC star) and accepted a full scholarship to Cal State Fullerton, where he majored in Kinesiology.  During his collegiate wrestling career, Dillashaw was a 3-time NCAA qualifier and earned a top ten ranking in the nation his senior year.  In his senior year, Dillashaw’s coach was UFC middleweight Mark Muñoz, who convinced him to postpone a planned career as a physician’s assistant in favor of mixed martial arts.

Upon graduating in 2009, Dillashaw finally teamed up with Faber, joining Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, CA.  He has since won his first four fights as a professional mixed martial artist, with only his debut going to the judges’ scorecards.  He hopes that he and fellow Team Alpha Male member Brian Caraway end up on the same team while in Las Vegas the last six weeks, but realizes that, in this competition, loyalties from home may have to be suspended.

John Dodson
Fighting out of: Albuquerque, NM / Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts
Record: 11-5-0
Age: 26

Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, Dodson took to athletics at a young age.  While attending Moriarty High School, Dodson earned varsity letters in track and field, football and wrestling before graduating in 2003.  He excelled on the wrestling mat, amassing four district championships and two state titles in his four year career.

Despite these accolades, Dodson wanted to focus on academics and a career in information technology, and enrolled at the University of New Mexico, majoring in computer science.  To help pay for college, Dodson took a job at Chuck E. Cheese, and, as fate would have it, he found himself waiting on members of Greg Jackson’s camp one evening.  Familiar with Dodson’s high school accomplishments, they were shocked that he had not pursued athletics any further, and convinced him to try his hand at mixed martial arts, and, before long, an MMA career was born and Dodson was training full time.

Standing 5 foot 3 inches tall, John Dodson’s diminutive stature may lead some to underestimate him, but the 11 wins he has amassed, often in spectacular fashion, suggests that his opponents do so at their own peril.

Josh Ferguson
Fighting out of: Louisville, KY / All-American MMA
Record: 7-3-0
Age: 22

Hailing from Taylorsville, KY, Josh Ferguson is the middle child amongst the seven Ferguson siblings.  Never old enough for respect but never young enough to be babied, Ferguson says he has been fighting since the day he was born thanks to his older brothers.  Almost all of Ferguson’s siblings are involved in mixed martial arts, be it as competitors inside the cage or promoting fights in the South.

A brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, he currently trains at All American MMA Academy alongside his brother BJ, who lost an entry fight to get into the house on this season.  Though he will miss training with his brother on the show, Ferguson says the work ethic he inherited from his father, a block mason, is the reason for the success he has enjoyed thus far, and for the success he expects as he trains in Las Vegas on “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Louis Gaudinot
Fighting out of: Elmwood, NJ / Team Tiger
Record: 5-1-0
Age: 26

Louis Gaudinot started training in martial arts at 6, when he began taking karate lessons.  As a member of the Mt St Michael’s Academy High School track team, he was a pole vaulter, Gaudinot then continued his education at the criminal justice program at Seton Hall University, where he began competing in mixed martial arts bouts.

Gaudinot used to change his hair color after each fight, until winning several fights consecutively with his green hair.  A superstitious individual, he opted to maintain the green hair and it soon became as synonymous with his name on the MMA circuit as his flashy fighting style. Gaudinot soon found himself training with Elmwood, NJ’s Team Tiger Schulmann.  Although his coaches insist he avoids showing off inside the cage, Gaudinot’s 5-1-0 record makes him think he is doing something right.

Dustin Pague
Fighting out of: Harrisburg, PA
Record: 10-4-0
Age: 23

Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Dustin Pague started fighting at 15 years old as a recreational boxer.  He graduated from Central Dauphin East High School in 2005, and claims to be the first Homecoming King from his high school to pursue a career in mixed martial arts after graduating.  He began training in Pennsylvania while attending Harrisburg Community College, but, seeking better training partners, Pague began splitting time between Harrisburg and Centreville, VA, where he joined the MASE Training Center gym.  After losing three straight bouts, Pague realized that, despite missing his family, if he was to succeed in MMA, he needed to train in Virginia full time, and has been doing so for the past 2 years.  While training in Virginia, Pague has been attending the Pinnacle Career Institute, where he will receive an associate’s degree in Occupational Studies for Exercise Science in October.

FEATHERWEIGHTS

Stephen Bass
Fighting out of: Savannah, GA / Lloyd Irvin MMA
Record: 10-0-0
Age: 28

Born and raised in Savannah, GA, Stephen Bass graduated from Gordon Central High School in 2000 and took up a career in construction.  He took up boxing as a hobby, and eventually quit construction in 2007 to focus on fighting full time.  After enduring two hernias and a string of surgeries that kept him out of the cage for nineteen months, it should come as no surprise that Stephen considers his will power one of his key strengths. His 8-0 record reinforces his position as a top contender in mixed martial arts. The self described southern gentleman currently lives in Savannah, GA with his daughter, who he believes will provide ample motivation in his quest to become “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Dennis Bermudez
Fighting out of: Massapequa, NY/ Long Island MMA
Record: 7-2-0
Age: 24

Born and raised in Saugerties, just outside of Woodstock, NY, Dennis Bermudez began his athletic career at Saugerties High School, where he was a defensive back on the football team as well as a standout wrestler, compiling a record of 112-23 over four years.  Upon graduation in 2005, he enrolled in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he went on to become a Top 25 Division 1 wrestler in the country in 2007 and an All-American in freestyle competition.

After college, Bermudez moved to Harrisburg, PA, where he began training mixed martial arts in 2009 at the request of some fighters who he was helping with their wrestling skills.  He began competing on the East Coast circuit, and was 4-0 as an amateur before turning pro.  He has since compiled a 7-2 record, including a unanimous decision win against former UFC vet Shannon Gugerty.  Bermudez currently lives in Massapequa, NY and trains with Long Island MMA in Lindenhurst, NY.

Diego Brandao
Fighting out of: Albuquerque, NM / Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts
Record: 13-7-0
Age: 23

Growing up in Manaus, Brazil, soccer was Diego Brandao’s first love.  However, as one of the smaller guys on the field, Brandao was often outsized and outmuscled, and he turned to Brazilian jiu jitsu at 9 years old.  At an age when many American children are learning long division and state capitals, Diego was learning triangle chokes and arm bars.  By the age of 14, he was competing in BJJ tournaments in Brazil, and soon began to incorporate other disciplines into his martial arts routine.

Training six times a week, Brandao’s MMA skills grew by leaps and bounds as he compiled a 6-3-0 record fighting in Brazil.  He currently boasts a 13-7-0 record, and, eighteen months ago, Brandao moved to Albuquerque, NM to train with Donald Cerrone, Leonard Garcia at Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting Team.

Marcus Brimage
Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, FL / American Top Team
Record: 3-1-0
Age: 31

Marcus Brimage is no stranger to exhibiting his MMA skills on television – as he was a finalist on BET’s “Iron Ring.” Born in Colorado Springs, Brimage moved to Birmingham, AL with his family when he was four years old after his father returned from being stationed in Germany.   Brimage was a natural athlete growing up and lettered in track and field as well as football at Pinson Valley High School.  He led the football team in tackles while playing nose tackle his senior year in 2003, and three days after graduating, he enlisted in the Air National Guard as a means to pay for college.  In the eight years since, he has earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Wallace State and a bachelor’s degree from Faulkner University.

Brimage’s interest in MMA was piqued by both the popular anime program “Dragonball Z,” as well as a highlight reel he saw of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.  Seeking a way to get involved in the sport, one of his sergeant’s introduced him to the Spartan Fitness training center in Birmingham, where he displayed tremendous potential.  He eventually decided to move to Coconut Creek, FL to join American Top Team, and has compiled a 3-1-0 record since turning pro.

Bryan Caraway
Fighting out of: Sacramento, CA / Team Alpha Male
Record: 15-5-0
Age: 27


Bryan Caraway’s roots in fighting can be traced back to Goldendale, WA, where he was a standout athlete, placing 3 times at the state championships in his four years on the varsity wrestling team.  With a desire to further pursue his education, Caraway attended Central Washington University, where he was able to continue wrestling for another year before the program was shut down.  Seeking new outlets for his athletic abilities, Caraway was soon introduced to MMA and began training in local gyms.

Eventually Caraway made his way to his current gym, Urijah Faber’s legendary Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, CA.  In one of his first fights, Caraway suffered an injury, breaking his kneecap in the first round in three different locations.  Unaware of the severity of the situation, Caraway continued to fight through the pain, earning a TKO victory in the second round.  After a month with no medical attention, Caraway realized how badly he was hurt in the middle of another fight.  After surgery and a brief recuperation period, Caraway is now healthy and eager to make his debut in the UFC.  Although two of his friends and former training partners, TJ Dillashaw and John Albert, are in the house, Caraway will stop at nothing to win this competition and have his hand raised in Las Vegas come December.  He has the x-rays of his knee to prove it.

Hamid “Akira” Corassani
Fighting out of: Gothenburg, Sweden / Team Kaobon
Record: 9-3-0
Age: 28

A true Renaissance man, Sweden native Hamid “Akira” Corassani speaks seven languages and has worn many hats in his 28 years:  from graphic design artist with an offer to attend one of the best schools in Sweden and work on blockbuster films, to touring musician, to reconnaissance diver in the Swedish military, to professional soccer prospect at IFK Göteborg.  However, he has shelved all other pursuits to chase his dream of fighting professionally.

Despite only four years experience as a professional mixed martial artist, Corassani began training in martial arts at 6 years old when he was introduced to karate.  He later transitioned to tae kwon do, becoming the youngest black belt in Europe at the age of 12 in the process.  At 14, he stopped his martial arts training to focus on soccer, but an exposure to a Vitor Belfort highlight tape inspired him to give up the pitch for the Octagon.  He joined Team Kaobon in Gothenburg, Sweden, and recently moved to Brooklyn, NY to begin training with Renzo Gracie Academy in New York.    Holding a 9-3-0 record, Corasanni views the next six weeks in Las Vegas as some of the most important of his life.

Dustin Neace
Fighting out of: Indianapolis, IN
Record: 22-17-1
Age: 24

While still attending Shakamak High School in Indianapolis, IN, Dustin Neace heard of a local fight being put on in his hometown by Keith Palmer and “The Ultimate Fighter” veteran Chris Lytle.  When he heard the two were looking for local fighters to put on the card, Neace signed up with little to no training, and lost via guillotine choke.  Despite the defeat, the rush of being inside the Octagon was unlike anything he had ever felt before, and he was determined to succeed in mixed martial arts.  He joined a local academy, Boiler Room MMA, until he finished high school in 2005, whereupon he moved to Granite City, IL and began training with the HIT Squad full time.

His time at the HIT Squad was cut short when he decided to move to Tamaroa, IL to support his girlfriend’s college aspirations.  Since then, he has been training on his own.  Lacking a gym to grapple, roll, and spar, Neace spent his days mastering his cardio and physical fitness.

Steven Siler
Fighting out of: Ogden, UT / Riven Academy
Record: 18-9-0
Age: 24

A teammate of Jonathan Brookins and Court McGee at the Pit Elevated camp in Orem, UT, Steve Siler is looking to form a trifecta of “The Ultimate Fighter” champions to represent the gym as he trains in Las Vegas for the next six weeks.

Born in Anaheim, CA, Siler moved to Utah when he was 8 years old and currently lives there today.  Siler graduated from Weber High School in 2005 where he played football during his freshman and sophomore years.  Upon graduation, a friend of Siler’s went to Brazil’s famed Chute Box Academy for six months, and upon his return, introduced Siler to mixed martial arts.  Immediately hooked, Siler has been fighting ever since, compiling an 18-9-0 record, with a 14-2-0 record since he began training full time.

A jiu jitsu specialist, Siler hopes to give the term “choke artist” new meaning, as he gets no greater pleasure in the world than from forcing his opponent to tap via rearnaked choke, triangle, guillotine, or any other kind of submission.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM MILLER VS TEAM BISPING CAST IS ANNOUNCED

August 22nd, 2011 by gulatis

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: TEAM MILLER VS TEAM BISPING CAST IS ANNOUNCED

16 Bantamweights and 16 Featherweights To Vie For Six-Figure Contracts With The Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Two-Hour Premiere To Feature All The Preliminary Fights On

Wednesday, September 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV

New York, NY, August 22, 2011 – The fourteenth season of Spike TV’s popular original series, The Ultimate Fighter,® will kick off on Wednesday, September 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere featuring all of the preliminary fights in their entirety.  Tune in as 32 of the world’s most promising mixed martial arts competitors begin the quest to advance into the The Ultimate Fighter house.  Beginning Wednesday, September 28, new episodes will premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

For the first time in franchise history, the bantamweight (145) and featherweight (135) weight classes will be showcased. Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Michael “The Count” Bisping will compete as coaches this season and will eventually meet in the Octagon® at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in December.

The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Miller vs. Team Bisping cast, whose hometowns range from Gothenburg, Sweden to Winnipeg, Manitoba to Glasgow, Scotland to Yonkers, N.Y. include the following:

BANTAMWEIGHTS

JOHN ALBERT

Fighting out of: Puyallup, Wash. / Victory Athletics

Record: 6-1-0

Age: 24

JOHNNY BEDFORD

Fighting out of: Watuga, Texas/ F3 Alliance

Record: 17-9-1

Age: 28

CARSON BEEBE

Fighting out of: Western Springs, Ill. / Gilbert Grappling

Record: 6-1-0

Age: 22

ROLAND DELORME

Fighting out of: Winnipeg, Manitoba / Winnipeg Academy of MMA

Record: 6-1-0

Age: 27

TJ DILLASHAW

Fighting out of: Sacramento, Calif. / Team Alpha Male

Record: 4-0-0

Age: 25

JOHN DODSON

Fighting out of: Albuquerque, N.M. / Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts

Record: 11-5-0

Age: 26

CASEY DYER

Fighting out of: New Castle, Ind. / No Affiliation

Record: 6-1-0

Age: 21

BJ FERGUSON

Fighting out of: Louisville, Ky. / All-American MMA

Record: 6-2-0

Age: 29

JOSH FERGUSON

Fighting out of: Louisville, Ky. / All-American MMA

Record: 7-3-0

Age: 22

LOUIS GAUDINOT

Fighting out of: Yonkers, N.Y. / Team Tiger Schulmann

Record: 5-1-0

Age: 26

MATT JAGGERS

Fighting out of:  Connersville, Ind. / Team Wolfpack

Record: 20-7-0

Age: 25

TATEKI MATSUDA

Fighting out of: Boston, Mass. / Team Sityodtong

Record: 6-2-0

Age: 25

PAUL MCVEIGH

Fighting out of: Glasgow, Scotland / Dinky Ninjas

Record: 18-6-0

Age: 29

BRANDON MERKT

Fighting out of: New Richmond, Wisc. / The Academy

Record: 11-0-0

Age: 27

DUSTIN PAGUE

Fighting out of: Centreville, Va. / MASE MMA

Record: 9-4-0

Age: 23

ORVILLE SMITH

Fighting out of: Indianapolis, Ind. / Integrated Fighting

Record: 11-3-0

Age: 30

 

FEATHERWEIGHTS

STEPHEN BASS

Fighting out of: Savannah, Ga. / Lloyd Irvin MMA

Record: 10-0-0

Age: 28

DENNIS BERMUDEZ

Fighting out of: Massapequa, N.Y./ Long Island MMA

Record: 7-2-0

Age: 24

DIEGO BRANDAO

Fighting out of: Albuquerque, N.M. / Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts

Record: 13-7-0

Age: 23

MARCUS BRIMAGE

Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. / American Top Team

Record: 3-1-0

Age: 31

BRYAN CARAWAY

Fighting out of: Sacramento, Calif. / Team Alpha Male

Record: 15-5-0

Age: 26

JOSH CLOPTON

Fighting out of: San Francisco, Calif. / Skrap Pack

Record: 4-0-1

Age: 29

AKIRA CORASSANI

Fighting out of: Gothenburg, Sweden / Team Kaobon

Record: 9-3-0

Age: 28

KARSTEN LENJOINT

Fighting out of: Nottingham, United Kingdom / Wolfslair Academy

Record: 7-1-0

Age: 30

ERIC MARRIOTT

Fighting out of: Independence, Mo. / Grindhouse MMA

Record: 20-5-0

Age: 25

MICAH MILLER

Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. / American Top Team

Record: 17-4-0

Age: 24

DUSTIN NEACE

Fighting out of: Granite City, Ill. / Hit Squad

Record: 22-17-1

Age: 24

JESSE NEWELL

Fighting out of: Ventura, Calif. / Knuckleheadz Boxing

Record: 6-1-0

Age: 24

BRIAN PEARMAN

Fighting out of: Springfield, Mo. / Springfield Fight Club

Record: 7-1-0

Age: 26

JIMMIE RIVERA

Fighting out of: Elmwood Park, N.J. / Team Tiger Schulmann

Record: 8-1-0

Age:  21

STEVEN SILER

Fighting out of: Ogden, Utah / Riven Academy

Record: 18-9-0

Age: 24

BRYSON WAILEHUA-HANSEN

Fighting out of: Honolulu, Hawaii / MMA Development

Record: 5-1-0

Age: 24

 

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About The Ultimate Fighter®

Now in its fourteenth season, The Ultimate Fighter® remains the longest-running sports reality show on television today, drawing millions of viewers on a weekly basis.  An integral property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®The Ultimate Fighter® features up-and-coming mixed martial artists vying for a six-figure contract to compete in the UFC’s hallowed Octagon®.

Filmed over six weeks in Las Vegas, Nev., The Ultimate Fighter® has helped launched the careers of UFC superstars such as Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Kenny Florian, Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping.  Likewise, contestants on The Ultimate Fighter® are coached by some of UFC’s most successful athletes of all-time, including Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Georges St-Pierre and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

About Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC® produces over 12 UFC live Pay-Per-View events annually around the world.  UFC programming is distributed in the United States on Viacom, Inc.’s Spike TV and on Comcast, Inc.’s VERSUS network.  UFC content is distributed commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. and Canadastar in Canada. Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in over 132 countries and territories, reaching 597 million homes worldwide, in 21 different languages.

UFC® also boasts a powerful presence online, with UFC.com attracting over six million unique visitors per month, while also possessing one of the most powerful social media followings in all of professional sports. To date, UFC has over six million fans on Facebook and over 300,000 followers on Twitter.  In addition, UFC President Dana White is one of the most accessible and most followed executives in sports with over 1.5 million followers on Twitter.  On January 22, 2011, UFC continued to set trends in social media, becoming the first major sports league to stream live, broadcast quality action on Facebook.

Ancillary businesses include the best-selling UFC “Undisputed” videogame franchise distributed by THQ, UFC Gym, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo festivals, branded apparel, trading cards, articulated action figures and other media including best-selling DVDs and a bimonthly magazine.

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Dave Navarro To Host “Ink Master;” Tattoo Experts Chris Nunez And Oliver Peck Serve As Judges

August 18th, 2011 by faziod

DAVE NAVARRO TO HOST NEW SPIKE ORIGINAL SERIES “INK MASTER”

First-Ever Tattoo Competition Series To Premiere January 2012

Renowned Tattoo Artists And Experts Chris Nunez And Oliver Peck Serve As Judges

New York, NY, August 18, 2011 – Dave Navarro has signed on to host Spike TV’s “Ink Master,” the first-ever tattoo competition series. The eight one-hour episode series, produced by Charlie Corwin’s Original Media with Charlie Corwin and Jay Peterson serving as executive producers, will premiere on Spike in January 2012.

“Dave Navarro is known worldwide for his musical talents, but he’s also well-known within in the tattoo community for his incredible body art,” says Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation.  “Dave’s ultimate respect for the art and culture of tattooing makes him perfect for this series.”

An estimated 40 million Americans have at least one tattoo somewhere on their body.   So who is the country’s preeminent tattoo artist?  “Ink Master” is the first-ever tattoo competition series featuring some of the nation’s top tattoo artists on a quest to determine who is the best at their craft and who will win a huge cash prize.  Throughout the competition, the artists battle it out in various tattoo challenges that test the artists’ technical skills and on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo on command and be judged by a panel including Navarro, tattoo artists and experts Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

The tension and stakes are high in “Ink Master” as the artists not only face the judges, but also the opinions of their ‘human canvases.’  The artists will have a wide variety of clients to deal with, ranging from tattoo virgins to connoisseurs with a full sleeve of body art to those who want to cover-up a prior tattoo misstep.  The masterpieces created on these ‘human canvases’ will last a lifetime, but so will the mistakes.   Satisfying the individual whose skin now bears the artists’ handiwork will be a major element in determining the victor.

The winner of “Ink Master” will win a $100,000 cash prize and a feature in Inked magazine, the preeminent magazine covering tattoo culture, art, music and fashion.

With his six-string skills best described as a merger between heavy metal, psychedelia, and modern rock, Navarro is one of alternative rock’s first true guitar heroes.  Best known as the guitarist for Jane’s Addiction, the band recently released the new single “Irresistible Force” off their highly anticipated album The Great Escape Artist that debuts worldwide on September 27.

Nunez, 38, is of Cuban descent and grew up in Miami, FL.  He entered into the realm of tattooing after beginning his career as a graffiti artist.  At 21, Nunez packed his bags for a short trip to Brazil and ended up staying for five years.  He then traveled through Europe for three years, which enabled him to work with his favorite tattoo artists.  The experience expanded both his artistic sense and his knowledge of tattooing.  He was a star and fan favorite on the popular tattoo-reality series, “Miami Ink.”  Nunez is a partner in Ridgeline Empire, a strategic multiplatform content and media corporation, which operates the subsidiaries Ink Skins and Upset Gentlemen and an animation studio with two animated series in development, “Hoodbrats” and “Toothians.”  He is also getting ready to open a new tattoo venture to be based in his hometown of Miami.

Peck is an artist whose whole life revolves around tattooing.  He began tattooing when he was just 19 years old in his hometown of Dallas, TX and has perfected his precise and traditional tattooing style making him one of the best and well-known ‘old school’ American style artists.  In 2008, Peck inked his way into the Guinness Book of World Records when he completed 415 tattoos of the number 13 in a consecutive 24-hour period.  He is one of the most traveled tattoo artists on the circuit, tattooing all over Europe including England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Norway and in the Far East, including Japan and Thailand. Peck is co-owner of Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, TX and the owner of True Tattoo located in Hollywood, CA.

“Ink Master” is produced by Original Media and Charlie Corwin is executive producer of the series. Original Media currently has thirteen television series on air including the hit shows “NY Ink,” “Miami Ink,” “LA Ink,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “Storm Chasers,” and “BBQ Pitmasters.”  Headquartered in New York, Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Chris Rantamaki is vice president of original programming for Spike TV.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.   Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Debra Fazio                 Spike TV                                 212-767-8649      debra.fazio@spiketv.com

Kelly Mullens              42West (Original Media)        310-477-4442      kkmullens@42west.net

Sarah Rothman           42West (Original Media)        646-254-6030      sarah.rothman@42west.net

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES THE PICK-UP OF FOUR NEW NON-SCRIPTED ORIGINAL SERIES

August 11th, 2011 by gulatis

“American Digger,” “Big Easy Justice,” “World’s Worst Tenants,” and “Undercover Stings” To Join The Spike Schedule In 2012

Network Also Orders 20 Additional Episodes Of Successful Original Series “Repo Games”

New York, NY – August 11, 2011 – On the heels of a very successful summer launch of Spike TV originals, the network has announced the pickups of four new ambitious series aimed at the network’s core audience of Men 18-34, while also appealing to the network’s expanding audience of Men 35-49. Produced by some of the most creative minds in television, the new shows follow a distinctive theme of genuine men in high pressure situations where the stakes are real, similar to that of the network’s new crop of thriving original series, “Auction Hunters,” “Bar Rescue” and “Repo Games,” which has been picked up for another 20 episodes. The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, executive vice president, original series, Spike TV. All of the new series will premiere in 2012.

The new series, “American Digger,” “Big Easy Justice,” “World’s Worst Tenants,” and “Undercover Stings,” will be overseen by Levy and Tim Duffy, senior vice president of original series.

“These shows share a common theme of dynamic characters that exist in high risk/high reward situations. We feel these larger-than-life personalities and their worlds will resonate with the Spike audience.”

There is treasure buried in the backyards of everyday Americans but they just don’t know it… until now. “American Digger” follows former professional wrestler turned modern day relic hunter Ric Savage, as he and his team from American Savage target areas such as battlefields and historic sites in the hopes of striking it rich and capitalizing on unearthing and selling bits of American history. The only thing standing in their way are the homeowners themselves, who Savage must convince to allow them to dig up their property using high-tech ground penetrating equipment and one very large bulldozer. What artifacts they find, they sell for a substantial profit, but not before negotiating a deal to divide the revenue with the property owners. The team from American Savage is comprised of Ric’s wife Rita, a New Jersey native, their 25-year old son Giuseppe who is the “muscle” of the operation and two artifact recovery experts, Rue Schumate and Bob Buttafuso. Spike TV has ordered 13 half-hour episodes of this new show created and produced by Gurney Productions (“Auction Hunters”).

Centered in the fascinating and gritty underworld of post-Katrina New Orleans, “Big Easy Justice” follows legendary bounty hunter, Tat-2, and his Elite Fugitive Recovery Team, as they hunt down some of the city’s most elusive criminals. With the support of local law enforcement, deep knowledge of the streets and an iron fist, Tat-2, a New Orleans native, has a single mission: keep his city safe by keeping the bad guys off the streets. Hardened by years of working such a dangerous job, Tat-2 shows no fear on the job and will utilize any means necessary, within the boundaries of the law, to apprehend his prey. Spike has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of the series, produced by Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions, Al Roker Entertainment in association with CRM Entertainment, and Bodega Pictures.

For anyone with a nightmare neighbor, professional evictor and notorious tough guy Todd Howard is their savior. In “World’s Worst Tenants,” Howard confronts the most despicable, dirty, outrageous, dangerous and insane tenants imaginable and forcibly removes them. He and his eviction team consisting of his wife, Randye, and his business partner, Rick, are hired to keep tabs on over 150 residential, commercial and retail units. Howard, who works in tandem with local law enforcement, is a former U.S. Marine who can back up his tough talk, if need be. When Howard and his team knock on the door, they never know what to expect and what kind of story will play out on the other side. If a situation gets violent, Howard is willing and able to take charge and gain control of the situation, even if it means using his legally concealed weapon. Spike has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of “World’s Worst Tenants,” produced by Barry Poznick and John Stevens of Zoo Productions (“Southern Fried Stings”).

From the producers of one of television’s landmark series, “Cops,” comes “Undercover Stings,” where viewers are taken inside the high-stakes world of orchestrated busts and undercover police sting operations, some of the most powerful and effective tools in the law-enforcement arsenal. From the initial planning and set-up, to the dramatic tactical process and the final execution of the takedown, “Undercover Stings” rides along with several of the top police departments in the business as they ply their trade and bust the crooks. Whether it’s drug sales and prostitution, or all the way up the criminal ladder to fraud, corruption, and murder-for-hire – viewers get unprecedented access with the larger-than-life cops from around the country who specialize in high-pressure sting ops. Spike TV has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of “Undercover Stings,” with John Langley and Morgan Langley serving as executive producers.

Spike TV has also announced the pick-up of a new season of 20 additional episodes of its popular original series, “Repo Games.” Premiering this past April, “Repo Games” is averaging 1 million viewers for new episodes and has improved viewership by 79% and 33% with Men 18-34 in the time period versus a year ago. “Repo Games” is executive produced by SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions, the team behind the pop culture phenomenon “The Jersey Shore.” The show is hosted by real-life repo men Josh Lewis and Tom DeTone. One part “Cops,” one part “Jeopardy,” the innovative game show makes stops across the country to the homes of unsuspecting debtors armed with five trivia questions. Answer three correct, the car will be paid off on the spot, but if the debtors fail, the car will be taken to the impound lot. The new season will debut in 2012.

About Spike TV
Spike TV is available in 99.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Melissa Sugiura    Spike TV/LA    310-407-4729

Sneak Peek: Deadliest Warrior – Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal Premieres August 10

August 8th, 2011 by leungm

SPIKE TV PRESENTS FIRST-EVER LIVE “DEADLIEST WARRIOR” SPECIAL ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 AT 10PM

August 1st, 2011 by leungm

SPIKE TV PRESENTS FIRST-EVER LIVE “DEADLIEST WARRIOR” SPECIAL ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 AT 10PM

Special Surprise Guest To Be Revealed During The Broadcast

90-Minute Special To Feature US Army Rangers Vs. North Korean Special Operations Forces

Supersized LIVE Event To Feature Special Appearances By Hosts Richard “Mack” Machowicz, Geoff Desmoulin And Dr. Armand Dorian

Fans Invited To Join LIVE Commentary By Sending Questions Via Twitter To @Warriors_Den And Encouraged To Vote At Dwlive.Spike.com

Los Angeles, CA, August 1, 2011Spike TV’s multi-platform hit show “Deadliest Warrior” continues to break the mold in its quest to enhance the viewer experience this season, announcing plans for the first-ever, LIVE “Deadliest Warrior” special event (#dwlive).  Hosts Richard “Mack” Machowicz, Geoff Desmoulin and Dr. Armand Dorian will be on hand to reveal a special surprise guest, discuss and analyze the most relevant episode-to-date, answer fan twitter questions in real time (@Warriors_Den), unveil real time fan polling results on dwlive.spike.com, reveal never-before-seen footage and make an exclusive announcement “Deadliest Warrior” fans won’t want to miss.  The supersized LIVE event of “Deadliest Warrior” premieres Wednesday, August 3 from 10-11:30PM (ET/ tape delay PT) on Spike TV.

The 90-minute LIVE special centers on the “US Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Operations Forces” matchup.  The matchup is especially relevant today as it marks the first time in “Deadliest Warrior” history where the two warriors have a very real possibility of going to battle in a war that could erupt at any moment.  The episode features the US Army Rangers, the most elite light infantry unit that has always been first to the battlefield in every major engagement in which the US has ever been involved, facing off against the North Korean Special Operations Forces, the fanatical, extremist super commandos who spearhead the military of the world’s most dangerous rogue nation.

“We’re thrilled to provide ‘Deadliest Warrior’ fans with a complete multi-platform experience,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Spike Digital Entertainment.  “The LIVE, socially driven event allows our fans to become part of the experience and join the conversation in real time.”

The special “Deadliest Warrior” LIVE event, hosted by “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath’” host Kieron Elliot, is sponsored by Deus Ex and will broadcast in its entirety on Spike TV, as well as on the MTV Times Square billboard.

Spike.com features exclusive “Deadliest Warrior” content, including the Web show “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath” – an online round table discussion following each on-air premiere of the “Deadliest Warrior,” as well as special videos and past season matchups.  Additionally, users can sign up for the Warrior’s Den newsletter at warrior.spike.com and follow @Warriors_Den and @Spike_TV on Twitter to get additional content, spoilers and information for the new season.

Other highly-anticipated matchups still to come this season include Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal, Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernan Cortes, French Foreign Legion vs. Gurkhas and our first fantasy matchup, Zombies vs. Vampires.

Deadliest Warrior” is produced by 44 Blue Productions, Inc. with Rasha Drachkovitch and Tim Warren serving as executive producers.  Sharon Levy, Tim Duffy and Jeff Savaiano are Spike TV’s executives in charge of production.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.   Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

Contact:

Aileen Budow                212.767-3952                 aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Melissa Leung Sugiura   310.407-4729                melissa.leung@spiketv.com