Meet The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 Cast – The 14 Lightweights

Marc Stevens (12-5) trains at Team Balance in Philadelphia, where he studies under a Relson Gracie black belt. Stevens has four wins by knockout/TKO and a…

By: Nick Thomas | 13 years ago
Meet The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 Cast – The 14 Lightweights
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Marc Stevens (12-5) trains at Team Balance in Philadelphia, where he studies under a Relson Gracie black belt. Stevens has four wins by knockout/TKO and a pair of submissions. He wrestled for Josh Koscheck at the University of Buffalo.

Spencer Paige (7-2) trains at Central NY MMA. Paige has four wins by knockout and TKO and two submission victories. One of those submissions, however, came via strikes: a first-round defeat of Nathan Schut in the main event of a Northeast MMA card last November in Scranton, Pennsylvania.


Nam Phan (15-7) fights out of Ma Du Academy. Phan has battled on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, with some of his losses coming against the likes of “Razor” Rob McCullough and Gesias Cavalcante. Phan has seven wins by knockout/TKO, four by submission and he’s never been submitted.

Andy Main (4-1) trains with Dan and Jim Miller at AMA Fight Club. Main turned pro last year and won his first four fights, finishing three of his four opponents (two submissions, one knockout). The judges handed him a loss in February against Lester Caslow.

Jonathan Brookins (11-3) trains at Gracie-Barra Orlando. He has seven submissions and also knows how to finish a fight from his feet. He proved that in his pro debut – a 19-second knockout  – and has two other TKOs on his record. He hasn’t lost since November 2008, when he got TKOed by WEC Champ Jose Aldo.

Sako “The Chainsaw” Chivitchyan (5-0), also known as “The Armenian Psycho,” is undefeated with three submission wins to go with a TKO and a decision. All five of his fights have taken place in California, but it won’t be too arduous a trip to Las Vegas where the judoka is well equipped to handle the pressure.

Jeff Lentz (5-1) won his first five pro fights out of Kurt Pellegrino MMA, finishing all five of his opponents, before falling to Anthony Morrison last November. Lentz has two knockouts, a pair of TKO victories, and a submission due to strikes.

Alex Caceres (4-2) from Miami trains out of the little-known Young Tigers Foundation. “Bruce Leroy” has never gone the distance in any of his fights. He’s split his wins evenly between TKO and submission, but he’s fallen prey to an armbar in both of his pro losses.

Michael Johnson (8-4) from Springfield, Missouri is an assistant coach at the Springfield Fight Club, a Gracie Barra affiliate. He comes to TUF with an 8-4 record, including four TKOs and two submissions, and is riding a three-fight win streak.

Aaron Wilkinson (6-3) fights out of Wolfslair Academy. Wolfslair is home to Michael Bisping, David Faulkner, Rampage Jackson and Mike Dolce. With his training at Wolfslair, Wilkinson has produced a pro MMA record with four submissions and a pair of unanimous decisions among his six wins.

Kyle Watson (12-6-1) is the jiu-jitsu instructor for Matt Hughes’ HIT Squad training camp, and has used his submission skills to produce 10 of his 12 wins in the cage (the other two were by TKO). Watson has been knocked out by Spencer Fisher in his career, but hasn’t lost since 2007.

Sevak Magakian (8-3) has all but one of his wins have come by submission. Magakian has displayed a wide array of chokes, armbars and leglocks to produce his victories. A TKO loss to Bobby Green last November is his only loss in his last eight fights.

Cody McKenzie (11-0) a native of Cordova, Alaska, has finished all 11 of his professional opponents, including nine straight with his own variation of the guillotine choke, which he calls a “McKenzi-tine”. McKenzie fights out of Spokane, Washington.

Dane “Red Horse” Sayers (7-1) brings a record with six submission wins and a TKO to his name. His only loss, to Indalecio Tat Romero in January, was a split decision after five rounds of action. Sayers brings ground skills, toughness and stamina to the cage.

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