SBG on top in TUF
SBG Fighters Win Both Ultimate Fighter Semi-Finals
If there were any doubt around the continued rise of SBG in the world of MMA, that perhaps the likes of Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson were some kind of fluke, it can be put to bed as of last night, when the final episode of The Ultimate Fighter aired for the first time. The episode featured the two semi-final bouts that would determine which TUF housemates would meet in the finale this Friday night in Las Vegas. Both semi-finals featured a Straight Blast Gym fighter; both of those fighters had their hand raised in victory.
In a reality show that saw 32 athletes compete to get into the house, then 16 fight it out to reach the final, it is a remarkable feat that the two SBG athletes present, coached by SBG’s Conor McGregor, stood at the top of the pile by the end.
In the first semi-final, SBG Mainline’s Saul Rogers took on Team McGregor teammate Marcin Wrzosek. Rogers was the aggressor throughout, taking down his opponent on multiple occasions during the first round with relative ease. The second round went much the same. In the first round Rogers came close to a back take, and in the second round completed one, before locking in a rear naked choke on Wrzosek. Wrzosek had little option but to tap to the choke of the SBG fighter from Manchester.
The second semi-final saw SBG Ireland’s Artem Lobov fight Team Faber’s Julian Erosa. Lobov wasted little time pushing the pace and had Erosa on the back foot early. After a few punches and combinations, Lobov connected with a left hook which dropped Erosa early in the first round, causing Herb Dean to stop the fight.
Both SBG fighters picked up multiple emphatic wins on their way to the TUF final (as well as a loss each) and established themselves as the top fighters amongst a group of America and Europe’s top lightweight prospects. It is a huge achievement by both athletes and their respective SBG teams in the UK and Ireland. Unfortunately, due to a visa issue, Saul Rogers had to withdraw from the Ultimate Fighter finale. We hope things can get rectified and we will see Saul in the US soon. Regardless, SBG continues to establish itself at the pinnacle of martial arts, ahead of Conor McGregor’s title fight this weekend. Congratulations to all involved!