After having been shown during last night’s season premiere for the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” as failing to make it past the qualifying round and into the TUF mansion, eliminated contestants Lance Evans and Joe Duarte have already surfaced with other promotions.
Evans, the older brother of TUF 2 heavyweight winner Rashad Evans, has been announced as the opposition for former minor-league hockey enforcer Steve Bosse during TKO 35 on Oct. 3 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Evans was one of 16 light heavyweight fighters invited to Las Vegas earlier this year to fight his way onto the show. Facing jiu-jitsu black belt Vinicius Magalhaes, he elected to withdraw from the fight following the completion of the first round after complaining of a rib injury.
Duarte, a lightweight competitor, lost a closely contested qualifying bout against FiveOuncesOfPain.com guest blogger Phillipe Nover after he submitted to a rear naked choke in round 2. He has been announced as having signed a contract with the Calgary, Alberta-based Colloseo Championship Fighting promotion. A debut date has not been determined.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com also broke the news last night that Jason Guida, the older brother of UFC lightweight competitor Clay Guida, has signed with EliteXC and will debut for the promotion during its Oct. 10 ShoXC event at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Polish fighter Mamed Khalidov is expected to be Guida’s opponent.
Guida was featured prominently during last night’s premiere even though he technically wasn’t even a part of the field of 32 fighters by being dismissed from the competition and replaced by alternate Mike Stewart after having missed the 205 lbs. weight limit by just one pound.
Additionally, TUF 8 light heavyweights Antwain Britt and Ryan Lopez have been advertised as fighting for the Mid Atlantic.-based Ultimate Warrior Challenge promotion on Saturday, Oct. 11 in Fairfax, Virginia at the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University. Lopez is expected to be featured during next week’s episode but the revelation that Britt will be competing outside of the UFC in October comes as a surprise following his decision victory over Ryan Jimmo during last night’s airing.
(Pictured: Lance Evans)