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Exclusive: Paul Bradley to be on seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” (TUF 7)

paul_bradley.jpg Two-time All-American wrestler Paul Bradley is currently involved with filming for the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” multiple sources have revealed exclusively to (

Bradley is 5-0 as a professional mixed martial artist and has never competed for the UFC.

Known as being an “old school wrestler,” the former Iowa Hawkeye wrestled at the collegiate level between 184 pounds and heavyweight. Bradley earned All-American honors competing at 184 pounds as a sophomore and a junior. He was also a three-time NCAA tournament qualifier between 2003-2006.

As a sophomore during the 2003-2004 campaign, Bradley not only earned All-American honors but finished second in the Big Ten after going 26-14. He ended the season finishing fourth in the NCAA tournament. As a team, Iowa won the Big Ten championship and finished second in the NCAA tournament. Bradley was a key contributor in the program’s success that year, winning five major decisions and recording six pins.

During his junior season in 2004-2005, Bradley went 24-9, earning his All-American honors for a second consecutive season. He finished fourth in the Big Ten Championships that season.

In his final season of eligibility in 2005-2006, the senior compiled a 16-10 record. Bradley failed to earn All-American honors but placed in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments for a third consecutive season.

After graduating college, Bradley went right into coaching and has served as a coach for both the University of Indiana (Bloomington) and University of Buffalo.

He made his MMA debut in October of 2006, submitting James Powell via guillotine in the first round. Bradley most recently competed for the Masters of the Cage promotion this past September, where he was victorious after TKO’ing Mike Van Neer in the third round. Fellow former college wrestling standouts Johny Hendricks, Shane Roller, Eric Bradley, and Jake Rosholt all appeared on the same card.

Bradley has trained in the past at Miletich Fighting Systems in Iowa.

The seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is scheduled to debut on Wednesday, April 2 on Spike TV at 11 p.m. ET. It will be preceded by a UFC Fight Night 13, which will emanate from Broomfield, Colorado and will feature a main event involving Joe Lauzon and Kenny Florian. Matches between Thiago Alves vs. Karo Parisyan, Matt Hamill vs. Stephan Bonnar, and Marcus Aurelio vs. Spencer Fisher are scheduled as well.

Light heavyweight fighters Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin are slated to serve as coaches on the show, which will feature middleweight competitors.

Bradley is the fifth fighter confirmed by and as being cast for TUF 7. Previous names reported include Brandon Sene, Mike Marrello, Aaron Meisner, and Dante Rivera.

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