"I thought I was going to get on the show — I tried out, everything was looking good, I got a second interview — then I got home and I got a call saying I wasn’t going to make the show. Later on that week, I got an e-mail from Joe Silva with a contract offer, so it worked out for the best. But I honestly couldn’t tell you why it went down like that. I was never told, like, 'your record is this good, so we just want you to have a contract.' I think I would have done very well. I would have seen myself as one of the guys to make it to the finals."
-- Chris Tuchscherer talks to CagePotato.com about getting passed over for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10, which debut Sept. 16, 2009, at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV. It's perhaps the most talented cast to compete on the mixed martial arts reality series, including a former IFL champion, several NFL players and a few UFC veterans, as well as YouTube.com Kimbo Slice. Was Tuchscherer more talented than the likes of Roy Nelson in the eyes of the producers? Probably not. There is likely more behind the decision than just ability. Regardless, in the end, it all worked out for the 33-year-old North Dakota native -- he's set to make his Octagon debut against former number one division contender Gabriel Gonzaga this weekend at UFC 102. It's a classic battle between an accomplished wrestler and a talented jiu-jitsu player. Will Tuchscherer -- a training partner of UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar -- make Spike TV regret its decision or will "Napao" prove them right?