In the latest of our ‘Where Are They Now?’ series we take a look back at the heavyweights who took part in the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter and find out what happened to the fighters who are no longer on the UFC’s roster.
Fighters still in the UFC: 5
(Roy Nelson, Matt Mitrione, Brendan Schaub, James McSweeney, Jon Madsen)
Note: Nobody from ‘Team Rampage’ still competes in the UFC.
One of the more likable members of Season 10’s cast, Justin Wren started solidly with a submission win over former UFC fighter Wes Sims. The quarter finals then saw him paired with eventual winner Roy Nelson where he suffered a controversial majority decision loss, with many observers believing he’d done enough to take the fight into a third deciding round. Wren would again come up short on the judges scorecards at the season finale when he lost by split decision to Jon Madsen and was subsequently released.
Though his beard may disguise it, Wren is still only 23 years-old so dropping out of the UFC was far from the end of the road for him. He continues to train at the Grudge Center under the tutelage of Trevor Wittman alongside TUF 10 team-mate Brendan Schaub and a host of UFC stars like Shane Carwin, Rashad Evans and Nate Marquardt.
Since the show he has gone 3-0, moving to 11-2 in his career to date. While Wren’s ambition is to return to the UFC he is aware that at just 23 years of age he’s still got plenty of time on his hands and so is content to keep building his record and gain experience until the call comes. He said recently that he has spoken with Strikeforce but isn’t willing to shut the door on the UFC by committing to a long-term deal. Currently his wish is to get a spot on DREAM’s end of year show on December 31st.