Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 5/6/13
I don’t know what’s more surprising, the fact Joe Riggs (furthest to the left) is one of the 32 welterweights competing in Spike TV’s “Fight Master: Bellator MMA,” or that the former UFC veteran is only 30 years old. The inaugural season of the reality show brings together the 170-pounders for a spot in the Bellator MMA Tournament and a $100,000 payday. The series premieres Wednesday, June 19 at 10PM ET/PT. MMA icons Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren will serve as opposing coaches. The concept of “Fight Master: Bellator MMA” is a tad different than the UFC’s long running “The Ultimate Fighter” in that the athletes control their own destiny. They will choose which camp to train with and which opponent they want to fight next. Here is the show’s compete cast: Marcus Aurelio Age: 26 Record: 6-2-0 Vancouver, British Columbia Nick Barnes Age: 22 Record: 5-0-0 San Diego, CA Eric Bradley Age: 31 Record: 5-1-0 Las Vegas, NV Mike Bronzoulis Age: 34 Record: 15-5-1 Houston, TX Frank Carrillo Age: 29 Record: 6-3-0 Miami, FL Darryl Cobb Age: 32 Record: 6-6-0 East St. Louis, IL Christopher Curtis Age: 25 Record: 7-2-0 Cincinnati, OH Evan Cutts Age: 22 Record: 5-1-0 Dallas, TX Mike Dubois Age: 30 Record: 3-0-0 Thomasville, GA Tom Gallicchio Age: 26 Record: 16-8-0 Howell, NJ Ismael Gonzalez Age: 32 Record: 11-10-0 Los Angeles, CA Gareth Joseph Age: 28 Record: 9-5-0 San Diego, CA Chris Lozano Age: 30 Record: 9-3-0 Cleveland, OH AJ Matthews Age: 24 Record: 5-2-0 Carlsbad, CA Rob Mills Age: 35 Record: 8-2-0 Newcastle, United Kingdom Steve Montgomery Age: 22 Record: 3-1-0 Florence, SC Chip Moraza-Pollard Age: 24 Record: 7-4-0 Plymouth, MA Brett Nakamura Age: 30 Record: 6-1-0 Maui, HI Jason Norwood Age: 28 Record: 12-3-0 Fort Hood, TX Dom O’Grady Age: 31 Record: 15-5-1 Detroit, MI Jacob Ortiz Age: 31 Record: 8-4-0 San Manuel, AZ Josh Quayhagen Age: 26 Record: 6-1-0 Lake Charles, LA Joe Riggs Age: 30 Record: 39-14-0 Phoenix, AZ Eric Scallan Age: 27 Record: 11-4-0 Lafayette, LA Cristiano Souza Age: 30 Record: 5-0-0 Salvador, Bahia, Brazil Brendan Tierney Age: 37 Record: 10-5-0 Queens, NY Bryan Travers Age: 29 Record: 13-3-0 Bakersfield, CA Andy Uhrich Age: 27 Record: 8-3-0 Gering, NE Tim Welch Age: 22 Record: 8-4-0 Great Falls, MT Cole Williams Age: 30 Record: 5-1-0 Darian, WI Joe Williams Age: 27 Record: 7-1-0 Tustin, CA Artenas Young Age: 32 Record: 9-5-0 Houston, TX
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