With the full cast announced and inside the house, the The Ultimate Fighter 20 cast are ready to make tv magic and turn heads. Some of the more recent WMMA fans or those UFC fans that will be tuning in may not know the history between some of the fighters. Who are friends, who are foes, and who will be most exciting to watch.
Here is a primer of stuff to look out for come September when the show airs.
Team Mean Girls vs. The Natural Disasters
Felice Herrig has always been outspoken and a lightning rod for feuds. This includes her current beef with Heather Clark. Clark, who wanted to face Herrig, felt “The Little Bulldog” was dodging her, first because Herrig stated Clark needed to drop to 115 (which she did), and then Herrig signed to Bellator shortly after, looking like the match wouldn’t happen. Clark got her chance to fight Herrig in March of last year in Bellator. Clark broke her arm after a spectacular round 1, but kept going and, losing a split decision. As the final bell rang, Herrig got into Clark’s face screaming, and Clark took a swat at here (video here). To say there is no love loss is an understatement.
Herrig has become BFFs with Carla Esparza since the two fought in 2011. Esparza had signed to the same management company as Herrig shortly after. When Tecia Torres defeated Herrig, Esparza took little time to challenge Torres to a fight. Shortly after all were signed to TUF 20.
Herrig had given herself and Espraza the nickname “Team Mean Girls” on twitter since they were cast on the show. Bec Hyatt is also pals with the two and maybe a part of this clique going in.
Expect “The Hurricane” (Clark) and “The Tiny Tornado” (Torres) to watch each other’s back. We have dubbed them “The Natural Disasters”.
Angela Magana versus the World
Angela Magana has been known for some drama over the past few years. The best example was in the failed “Ultimate Women’s Challenge” reality show which never aired. We have heard some stories from various fighters on the show about her antics. The biggest thing to watch out for – Magana and Clark don’t like each other.
Some Other Connections to be Aware of
- Justine Kish and Jessica Penne have been training with each other for the past year, and even came out to tryouts together.
- Emily Peters-Kagan and Clark were teammates at Jackson’s MMA before Clark left to train in Vegas.
- There was a little beef between Alex Chambers and Bec Hyatt a few years ago, but that has been squashed when we spoke to the two at the TUF 20 tryouts.
- Rose Namajunas is under the same management as Herrig and Esparza.
- Herrig has trained with coach Anthony Pettis before.
Who Faced Who Before?
- Carla Esparza def. Felice Herrig by unanimous decision (XFC Dec. 2011)
- Carla Esparza def. Bec Hyatt (InvictaFC Jan. 2013)
- Felice Herrig def. Heather Clark by split decision (Bellator Mar. 2013)
- Jessica Penne def. Angela Magana by submission (rear naked choke) round 2 (Action Fight League Sept. 2009)
- Jessica Penne def. Lisa Ellis by TKO round 3 (InvictaFC Apr. 2012)
- Justine Kish def. Randa Thomas by unanimous decision (RFA Jan. 2014)
- Lisa Ellis def. Aisling Daly by unanimous decision (Bellator Aug. 2010)
- Rose Namajunas def. Emily Peters-Kagan by submission (rear naked choke) round 3 (Invicta Jan. 2013)
- Tecia Torres def. Felice Herrig (Invicta Dec. 2013)
- Tecia Torres def. Rose Namajunas by unanimous decision (Invicta July 2013)