A couple of local mixed martial art 185-pound professionals will be competing in The Ultimate Fighter tournament, which starts Tuesday, Jan. 22 and will be aired on the FX cable channel. The fighters, part of the single-elimination tournament, include Jake Heun, 3-2, 25, of Salt Lake City, and Eric Wahlin, 5-1, 29, of Taylorsville. The 28 participants were culled from more than 250 fighters who tried out. After the first round of fights, the 14 winners will be put into two teams, one coached by Jon “Bones” Jones, the other by Chael Sonnen.
A local Utah MMA pro trained by Jeremy Horn will compete in this year’s Bellator welterweight $100,000 tournament. Koffi “The Lion King” Adzitso 18-9, of Kearns, will have a tough test in the quarterfinal round as he meets Ben Saunders on Jan. 24. The card will be televised on Spike TV. Adzitso has wins over Lee Doss, Mike Arrant and Brandon Melendez.
Tonight at the Jeremy Horn show at The Complex in SLC, Top of Utah MMA fighter Matt Nestico, who trains at Foley’s gym in Ogden, makes his amateur debut. On Jan. 25 at the Rail Center in SLC, Top of Utah MMA pro Cole Rose headlines the Steelfist event against Jared Hatch. On Jan. 26, in St. George, local MMA pro Mike Crisman fights Tallon Torres on a Crown Fighters card. We wish all the fighters the best of luck. Last week, in Vernal, Ogden MMA pro Francisco Alcantara was stopped by Vernal’s Carl Dieckmann.
Finally, as we have mentioned, Utah MMA pro Rad Martinez fights on Feb. 21 at the Maverik Center in SLC against Shahbulat Shamhalaev for the Bellator Featherweight Championship. Spike TV will air the card.
Finally, as we have mentioned, Top of Utah MMA pro