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February 27, 2012

Proctor's 'Aggression' Pays Off

Joe Proctor from Team Agression

The Ultimate Fighter 15 cast was announced today and among the names on there is a Massachusetts native fighter, Joe Proctor from Team Aggression.  He is one of the 32 fighters to fight to make it on the show and its going to be a great one.  It is going to be airing Live on FX starting March 9th at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  After that live episode the rest of the shows will follow with pre-taped house content and the live fight at the end of each show of course.  The premiere on March 9th is slated to be a 2.5 hour show with 16 live elimination fights.  It is literally fight hard or go home mentality!! All of the following episodes will air on Fridays until the finale on June 1st. I am really excited to see the transition from SpikeTV to FX.  I am even more enthusiastic about them moving the show to Friday.  They miss many viewers who want to watch it live but have to go to work in the mornings so moving to Fridays is a great move I feel.

It isn't easy to make it on the show.  He beat out another Mass fighter Matt Bessette to make it on the show.  Proctor, a 7-1 fighter is no stranger to this site.  His last three fights were for Reality Fighting which we covered and he was victorious in all three that we saw.  Proctor had to fly out to Vegas for the tryouts.  "To get to this point I had to go through some hurdles. The grappling and mitt portion went great and then the interview portion went just as well" Proctor says. 
His bout with Eric Fama from Reality 2/26/2011

It goes to show you that hard work really does pay off.  Proctor of course is ecstatic on making the show.  He is getting congratulated left and right on Facebook and he is well deserving. Proctor tells me "Making The Ultimate Fighter is a huge deal to me. This is a huge step to becoming a full time fighter in the UFC. I've been working hard to get where I am today and it's finally paying off. So making it this far a the biggest accomplishment of my life so far!" 

The rest of the cast is as follows.

The official "TUF 15" cast includes:

  • Akbarh Arreloa (Chula Vista, Calif.)
  • Al Iaquinta (Wantagh, N.Y.)
  • Ali Maclean (Belfast, North Ireland)
  • Andy Ogle (Tynemouth, England)
  • Austin Lyons (Cordova, Tenn.)
  • Brendan Weafer (New York, N.Y.)
  • Chris Tickle (Bloomington, Ill.)
  • Cody Pfister (Amarillo, Texas)
  • Cristiano Marcello (Curitiba, Brazil)
  • Chase Hackett (Littleton, Colo.)
  • Chris Saunders (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Dakota Cochrane (Omaha, Neb.)
  • Daron Cruickshank (Wayne, Mich.)
  • Drew Dober (Omaha, Neb.)
  • Erin Beach (San Diego, Calif.)
  • James Krause (Blue Springs, Mich.)
  • James Vick (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Jared Carlsten (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Jeff Smith (Mechanicsburg, Penn.)
  • Jeremy Larsen (Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • Joe Proctor (Pembroke, Mass.)
  • John Cofer (Hull, Ga.)
  • Johnavan Vistante (Pearl City, Hawaii)
  • Jon Tuck (Hagtna, Guam)
  • Jordan Rinaldi (Matthews, N.C.)
  • Justin Lawrence (Villa Ridge, Mo.)
  • Mark Glover (Liverpool, England)
  • Michael Chiesa (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
  • Myles Jury (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Mike Rio (Miami, Fla.)
  • Sam Sicilia (Spokane Valley, Wash.)
  • Vinc Pichel (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Proctor would like to "thank my family and friends and sponsor ( Suckerpunch Athletics ) for the support and to Team Aggression because with out them none of this would be possible."  Get ready MMA fans, March 9th is not too far away and lets all support our fellow Mass native Joe Proctor and watch him fight for his dream on becoming the next Ultimate Fighter!  Thanks Joe for responding back to us and congratulations on this awesome achievement!

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