Bristol Marunde on The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 (TUF 16)
Bristol Marunde has made it on the TV series The Ultimate Fighter Season 16. The UFC released the names of all the fighters, which consists of 32 fighters who will fight in a single elimination contest until there is one champion standing. Bristol Marunde grew up in Sequim, Washington and has fought his way through the world of mixed martial arts the old fashioned way–one fight in the cage after another and training relentlessly every day in the gym.
Bristol Marunde to be on FX TV – TUF 16 Fighters
This writer has watched Bristol wrestle since he was 10 years old. I’ve watched hundreds of his matches in those early days, many of his amateur MMA fights and in the past few years nearly every single one his professional bouts in cages all over the country. I’ve seen a lot of fighters. Some fighters are good at grappling because they have a strong wrestling background. Some MMA fighters are good at striking, because they have a boxing background. Some are good at submissions, because they have a jujitsu background. Some fighters are known for their strength and others for their speed and agility. Bristol Marunde is good in all of these areas. He is a well rounded fighter, but few have seen Bristol unleashed.
Bristol has had some tough fights, and he’s had some great victories over fighters like Jay Silva, Victor Moreno, Chuck Grigsby, Shane Primm, and Rich Attonito. I watched ringside as Bristol picked Jay Silva up and slammed him to the mat more than once, ultimately sitting on Silva’s chest with ground and pound. Chuck Grigsby towered over Bristol’s 6’1″ height, but Bristol pounded, kicked, and beat Grigsby until he won with a unanimous decision. Shane Primm thought his leg was broken when Bristol was done with him. Even in Bristol’s loss to Jacare Souza, Souza left the cage with a broken hand. After a series of victories, Bristol became the SCC (Superior Cage Combat) Middleweight Champion. He’s proven he is a force in the MMA world to be reckoned with.
I do not know how The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 will play out. The fighters have been in lock-down in a secret place in Las Vegas, and the fighters are sworn to secrecy. I know what kind of fighter Bristol Marunde is. The world has yet to see what he is capable of. Any man crazy enough to get into a locked cage with Bristol Marunde could get seriously hurt, but at a minimum deserves to have his ass kicked.
Bristol will have to fight his way through a number of fighters, all of them accomplished mixed martial artists. Here is the list of 32 fighters in this intense competition:
Bristol Marunde, 30, Las Vegas, Nev.
Cameron Diffley, 27, Las Vegas, Nev.
Colton Smith, 25, Fort Hood, Texas via Ankeny, Iowa
Cortez Coleman, 30, Hugo, Okla.
David Michaud, 23, Pine Ridge, S.D.
Diego Bautista, 26, Lakewood, Calif.
Dom Waters, 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Eddy Ellis, 29, Olympia, Wash.,
Frank Camacho, 23, Camp Springs, Md.,
George Lockhart, 29, Atlanta, Ga.
Igor Araujo, 31, Albuquerque, N.M. via Patos De Minas, Brazil
James Chaney, 25, Klamath Falls, Ore.
Jason South, 34, West Jordan, Utah
Jerel Clark, 23, Reno, Nev.
Jesse Barrett, 26, Tempe, Ariz.
Joey Rivera, 32, Tucson, Ariz.
Jon Manley, 26, Ludlow, Mass.
Julian Lane, 25, Mansfield, Ohio
Kevin Nowaczyk, 23, Chicago, Ill.
Leo Kuntz, 28, Bismarck, N.D.
Lev Magen, 25, Las Vegas, Nev.
Matt Secor, 25, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
Max Griffin, 26, Sacramento, Calif.
Michael Hill, 25, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Mike Ricci, 26, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Neil Magny, 24, Chicago, Ill.
Nic Herron-Webb, 22, Anchorage, Alaska
Ricky Legere Jr., 26, Corona, Calif.
Saad Awad, 23, San Bernardino, Calif.
Sam Alvey, 26, Murrieta, Calif.
Tim Ruberg, 30, Harrison, Ohio
Zane Kamaka, 23, Klaianae, Hawaii
You can watch The Ultimate Fighter Season 16, officially called The Ultimate Fighter Fridays, starting on September 14, 2012 on FX (Chanel 136 on Dish). Those of us who know Bristol Marunde are on pins and needles, nervous but excited about his prospects, but always proud of his accomplishments thus far. No matter how far Bristol makes it in TUF 16, he has proven that he is an incredible athlete. I know all this, because I am Bristol’s father.