The second part to my TUF Comeback Roster will be the Welterweight Division. Once again I will go with 8 Fighters from either the UFC, TUF, Pride, WEC or Strikeforce fighters that deserve another shot inside the octagon. I include the UFC, TUF, Pride, WEC and Strikeforce records in the Zuffa records.
1. Edgar Garcia (13-3) (1-2 Zuffa) 3-1 Post Zuffa
Edgar Garcia was given a shot inside the WEC cage after starting his MMA career with 6 straight wins, 5 of which came in the first round. Garcia was given Hiromitsu Miura, who was coming off a fight of the night loss to Carlos Condit for the WEC Welterweight Championship. Garcia shocked everyone when he knocked Miura out in the First Round. Garcia never got to fight for the WEC again after being dissolved into the UFC system. Garcia was welcomed to the UFC by Brad Blackburn who was 2-0 in the UFC at the time. Garcia lost the fight by a controversial Split Decision. In his next fight Garcia was put against TUF 9 runner-up DaMarques Johnson and lost the fight via First Round Triangle Choke. After the loss Garcia was released from his contract. Since being released from the UFC Edgar Garcia is 6-1 on the regional circuit with all 6 wins in the First Round. Garcia is the current WFF and DRFCF Middleweight Champion.
2. DaMarques Johnson (19-12) (7-6 Zuffa) 0-0 Post Zuffa
DaMarques Johnson came into the spotlight after being casted to appear on the Ultimate Fighter Season 9 US vs UK after compiling a 12-6 record on the regional circuit. Johnson was one of the favorites to win TUF Season 9 coming from Jeremy Horn's Gym, and after 3 straight wins on the show it looked like he was destined for greatness in the UFC Welterweight division but he ran into Brit James Wilks on the TUF 9 Finale and lost the fight by First Round Rear Naked Choke. Johnson bounced back from the loss to Wilks with wins over Edgar Garcia by First Round Triangle Choke at UFC 107 and a 3rd Round TKO of Brad Blackburn at UFC 112. Johnson was then scheduled to fight fellow TUF alumni Matt Riddle, Johnson ended up missing weight for the fight by 1 pound and was docked a percentage of his pay. Johnson went on to lose the fight by 2nd Round TKO. He rebounded from the loss to Riddle by taking out King of the Cage Welterweight Champ Mike Guymon by 1st Round Body Triangle. In his next fight Johnson was slated to take on TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah, Sadollah defeated Johnson via 2nd Round Submission to strikes. After the loss to Sadollah, Johnson once again faced another TUF alumni with TUF 13 Contestant Clay Harvison at UFC on Fox 1. Johnson defeated Harvison by First Round Knockout. After the win Johnson brought his UFC record to 7-3. Johnson then met John Maguire, Maguire submitted Johnson with a 2nd round Armbar. After the fight Johnson went on to lose his next two fights to Mike Swick by 2nd Round Knockout and then he took on highly touted prospect Gunnar Nelson, who was making his UFC debut. Johnson took the fight on short notice and missed weight for the fight coming in 8 pounds over. Nelson went on to win the fight by First Round Rear Naked Choke and DaMarques Johnson was released from his contract.
3. Tommy Speer (23-7) (4-2 Zuffa) 9-4 Post Zuffa
Tommy Speer started his MMA career 10-1 before being signed to the World Extreme Cagefighting. In his WEC debut he met also debuting Sidney Silva, best known for being Wanderlei Silva's grappling coach. Speer ended up knocking Silva out in the First Round. Speer was cast to appear on the Ultimate Fighter Season 6 after the win and after three impressive wins over War Machine, Ben Saunders and then favorite George Sotiropolous with a vicious knockout on the show. Speer was set to face Pride veteran Mac Danzig in the TUF 6 Finale. Danzig went on to dominate Speer before making him tap to a First Round Rear Naked Choke. After the loss Speer was then set to face the explosive Anthony "Rumble" Johnson on the UFC Fight Night 13 card. Many people thought Speer would go on to win the fight, most likely by way of grinding out a win. Speer went on to get knocked out in the First Minute of the First Round and after the loss he was released from his UFC Contract. Speer has gone on to win 9 of his 13 fights since being released from the UFC including a win over former Strikeforce Fighter Lumumba Sayers in his last fight by way of 1st Round Rear Naked Choke.
4. Brian Foster (18-6) (3-2 UFC) 2-1 Post Zuffa
Brian Foster caught the eyes of the UFC Brass after starting his career 13-3 including wins over Future Bellator and WSOF Welterweight Steve Carl by way of 1st Round TKO and a 1st Round Kimura of Former Strikeforce Veteran Nathan Coy. After winning 3 straight fights all in the First Round, he was then set to make his UFC Debut against Rick Story. Foster went on to lose a 2nd Round Submission in a fight of the night affair. After the loss to Story Foster was then set to face off against Former WEC Welterweight Title Challenger Brock Larson. Coming out with an impressive performance against the favored Larson, Foster won the fight by 2nd Round TKO. After the win he was then set to fight the always game Chris Lytle, Lytle went on to win the fight by 1st Round Submission. After the loss Foster was then set to face off against Forrest Petz, Foster won the fight by 1st Round TKO to even up his UFC record to 2-2. Foster was then set to face TUF 7 Alumni Matt Brown who Foster defeated by 2nd Round Guillotine Choke. After the win over Brown, Foster had brain surgery and suffered other injury problems that left him sidelined for a year. Foster has since returned to the regional circuit where he is 2-1 with wins over Jack Mason and LaVerne Clark both by 1st Round Submission. Foster then faced Former UFC Veteran Daniel Roberts, who went on to defeat Foster via 1st Round Rear Naked Choke.
5. Tyler Stinson (25-9) (1-2 Zuffa) 2-0 Post Zuffa
Tyler Stinson appeared to the national audiences attention after compiling a 17-5 record on the regional circuit, when he was signed to Bellator Fighting Championships and was put in the Welterweight tournament. Stinson also held wins over Former UFC Veteran Drew Fickett via 1st Round TKO, and Future Bellator Welterweight Eric Marriott by way of Unanimous Decision. Stinson went 2-2 during his run with Bellator losing to Welterweight finalist Dan Hornbuckle and Steve Carl both by way of First Round Submissions. After leaving Bellator, Stinson was then signed to Strikeforce and was set to face Eduardo Pamplona on the Strikeforce/M-1 Global: Fedor vs Henderson, who he defeated via 1st Round Knockout. Stinson then took a regional fight in which he won by 1st Round Submission. Stinson then was set to face Future Strikeforce Welterweight Champ Tarec Saffiedine, who he lost to by Split Decision and Highly Touted Prospect Jordan Mein via Unanimous Decision. After the losses Stinson went back to the regional circuit with two First Round (T)KO's, one of which against Former UFC Middleweight Rob Kimmons.
6. Nate Moore (8-3) (2-2 Strikeforce) 0-0 Post Zuffa
Nate Moore kicked off his MMA Career going 6-1 with 5 First Round finishes before signing with Strikeforce. Moore made his Strikeforce Debut against fellow debuting Strikeforce fighter Louis Taylor, who he defeated by 2nd Round Submission to Strikes. Moore then took on Future Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Tarec Saffiedine, who Moore lost to by 2nd Round Knockout. Moore then bounced back against Nathan Coy with a 2nd Round Knockout. Moore was then scheduled to fight Jason High, who defeated him by 1st Round Guillotine.
7. Jorge Lopez (11-3) (0-2 UFC) 0-0 Post Zuffa
Jorge Lopez came into the UFC as a very highly touted prospect in the Welterweight Division and being a main training partner of Pride Champ Wanderlei Silva. Lopez started his career 11-0 with wins over highly touted prospect Chidi Njokuani via 1st Round TKO, Unanimous Decision over WEC Vet Dave Terrel, and a decision over Bellator Veteran Waachim Spiritwolf. Lopez then got a chance to fight in the Octagon when he took on TUF 13 Alumni Justin Edwards, Lopez lost the fight to Edwards by Unanimous Decision in a fight he was heavily favored. Lopez was then set to face TUF 7 Winner Amir Sadollah in an exciting stand-up affair, Lopez went on to lose the fight by way of Split Decision.
8. Paul Bradley (21-5) (2-3 Zuffa) 2-1 Post Zuffa
Paul Bradley was selected to be cast on the Ultimate Fighter Season 7 Roster. He won his fight to make it onto the show but was forced out of the competition due to a contagious infection. Bradley would go back to the regional circuit and bring his record to 12-1 with wins over fellow TUF 7 contestant Dante Rivera by 1st Round TKO and a Split Decision win over Former Strikeforce Welterweight Nathan Coy. Bradley would make his Strikeforce debut against another debuting Strikeforce fighter Levi Avera, who Bradley defeated via Unanimous Decision. Bradley would then go on to face Future Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold, who defeated Bradley by 1st Round TKO. Bradley would return to the regional scene, where he would go 5-0-1 with a win over Former UFC Welterweight Johnny Rees. Bradley would then get the call from the UFC to step up and face Rafael Natal at 185 on short notice, Bradley would go on to lose the fight by Split Decision. After the loss he would then take on Mike Pierce at 170 who had defeated him by Unanimous Decision 2 years earlier. Pierce once again got the win from Bradley but this time by Split Decision. Bradley was then released from the UFC and went back to the regional circuit where he is 2-1 since his release.
Jess Liaudin (20-11) (2-3 UFC) 6-0 Post Zuffa
Been on a tear since UFC release, 10th Legion Contract Status?
John Howard (20-7) (4-3 UFC) 6-1 Post Zuffa
Won 6 of 7 Fights since UFC release, with only one of his wins going the distance, CES Contract Status?
Nick Osipczak (6-4) (3-4 Zuffa) 0-0 Post Zuffa
TUF 9 Veteran, Young, Promising Prospect
Kevin Burns (12-6) (2-3 UFC) 5-2 Post Zuffa
Once Promising Prospect, Good post UFC run
Duane Ludwig (21-14) (7-9 Zuffa) 0-0 Post Zuffa
Still a talent, reinvigorated as Alpha Male Coach
Jamie Yager (8-5) (2-2 Zuffa) 4-2 Post Zuffa
TUF 11 Veteran, Young, Athletic, Talented, Character, Good Post UFC run
Roman Mitichyan (8-3) (1-1 UFC) 3-1 Post Zuffa
TUF 6 Veteran, Cut after 1 loss, Not eliminated off TUF, Good Post UFC run
Pete Sell (11-7) (3-6 Zuffa) 2-1 Post Zuffa
TUF 4 Veteran, Character, Once Promising Prospect, TUF Comeback Original
Roan Carneiro (15-9) (2-3 UFC) 3-1 Post Zuffa
BJJ Blackbelt, Good Post UFC run
Ryan Jensen (17-8) (2-7 Zuffa) 2-0 Post Zuffa
Still a talent