The Ultimate Fighter 11 made its anticipated debut on Wednesday after “UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs. Gomi” and, in familiar fashion, UFC President Dana White kicked off the show by introducing coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz to the 28 middleweights and announcing a new wildcard format for the season, where two losing fighters will get a chance to square off for the final spot in the quarterfinals.
With introductions out of the way, we quickly advance to the opening round fights as the fighters are matched up for preliminary bouts to earn their way into the Ultimate Fighter house.
The results from the opening round were:
- Jamie Yager def. Ben Stark via knockout (head kick) – Round 1
- Brad Tavares def. Jordan Smith via knockout (strikes) – Round 1
- Kris McCray def. Cleburn Walker via TKO (injury) – Round 1
- James Hammortree def. Norman Paraisy via TKO (unable to answer bell) – Round 1, 5:00
- Nick Ring def. Woody Weatherby via TKO
- Kyle Noke def. Warren Thompson via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)
- Court McGee def. Seth Baczynski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Chris Camozzi def. Victor O’Donnell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Kyacey Uscola def. Brent Cooper via knockout (punches) – Round 1
- Joe Henle def. Constantinos Philippou via submission (armbar) – Round 2
- Rich Attonito def. Lyle Steffens via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)
- Josh Bryant def. Greg Rebello via majority decision (20-18, 19-19, 20-18)
- Charles Blanchard def. Jacen Flynn via TKO (referee stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00
- Clayton McKinney def. Charley Lynch via TKO (punches) – Round 1
With the cast now set, Liddell and Ortiz will choose their teams on next week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 11.
Pictured: Chuck Liddell (from the Las Vegas Review Journal)