October 21st, 2008  |  Published in EVENTS  |  84 Comments

Well there has been a change in the format for the TUF9 tryouts… no more 185ers. They are now taking 170lbs and 155lbs. That mean Antmo is a go! SuckerPunch is also glad to announce that Philip “The Wicked” Wyman will be going up to the tryouts as well.

Levon “The Maynman” Maynard
How he would be portrayed on TV:
“The Nice Guy”, it would be hard for anyone to not like Levon if he were to make it on the show. He is so friggin humble and polite its almost painful! Levon is very well rounded and possesses all the skill and athleticism to go far in MMA, and would serve as a perfect ambassador for this sport… plus he’s ok to bring home to mom.

Zach “The Groundhog” Davis
How he would be portrayed on TV:
“The Happy Go Lucky Guy”, Zach is always smiling and loves to bring the showmanship to the cage. Earning his ring name because he is very slick on the ground, Zach would probably be a sleeper because people may underestimate him because of his happy attitude. Very respectful of the sport but would probably be in the mix for a good time if he were to make is on the show. Zach was also an alternate for the TUF7 season and is dropping to 170lbs for this tryout.

Francois “Bang Bang” Ambang
How he would be portrayed on TV:
“Dangerous”, Francois is probably the most finely tuned specimen we have seen outside of a comic book. Francois is a world class athlete and explosive striker. Just learning english in the past year and in the process of getting his citizenship it could be very interesting to watch how he fits in with a house full of alpha males. He will probably come across like Ivan Drago in Rocky IV… quiet and serious with a touch of, “I will break you”.

Anthony “Antmo” Morrison
How he would be portrayed on TV:
“The Student”, Anthony is someone who is a true student of the sport. Name an event and he’ll tell you the card. A very strong and compact fighter with a greco wrestling and boxing background, Antmo lives and breathes the gym. Coming from the rough streets of philly, Antmo’s friends are either in jail or dead. Never one to make excuses for the hand he was dealt, Antmo recognized he was in a bad environment and bought a bus ticket out of town. He has been residing in Richmond, VA ever since and training at Amir Sadollah’s home school Combat Sports Center. Needles to say his game has gone through the roof! He is a very skilled fighter that will project drive, tenacity, humility, eagerness and respect.

Phillip “The Wicked” Wyman
How he would be portrayed on TV:
“The Marine”, Already an ambassador for the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, Phillip has to many martial arts credentials to list in this post. Phillip is a devoted husband and father with a squeaky clean image and is everything this sport needs to gain that “crossover” market. Having Phillip in the house would not only put the sport in a good light but he would represent the red, white and blue to the fullest as well.


  1. Dave says:

    October 19th, 2008at 12:08 am(#)

    Levon Maynard! What can I say that hasn’t been said about him. He is a excellent fighter with the physical and mental capabilties to do anything he wants in this sport. I know he will go far in his career with MMA and he will defintley make the UFC happy to get an outstanding fighter like himself.
    Oh, and on top of all that, he is a pretty funny dude to be around.
    Go get’em Maynman!

  2. Armen says:

    October 19th, 2008at 2:20 am(#)

    Zack for sure! Hes got the entire package…skill, talent, professionalism, personality, and respect! I don’t know anyone else who could even come close in comparison! Good luck bro!

  3. Sin says:

    October 19th, 2008at 6:25 am(#)

    Zach will be great for the show because he is a great fighter and a great person in and out of the ring. You need more fighters like him. Goo luck Zach!!!!

  4. Matt P says:

    October 19th, 2008at 8:08 am(#)

    It’d be awesome to watch Zach on TUF. I’ve known Zach for years. He’s funny and a great guy. I’d love to see him on the show kicking butt in the ring.

  5. Cesar says:

    October 19th, 2008at 9:29 am(#)

    Zach is a well rounded fighter. He a very nice guy exept when he is in the cage. He trains very hard. With the attitude he got, he would be exellent for TUF. CAnt wait to watch. Terrible singer though.

  6. brett thomas says:

    October 19th, 2008at 10:20 am(#)

    yo zach good luck, i watch all the seasons of the show and if you were on i would tell all of my friends how my back-neighbor is whooping ass on national tv!

  7. tyburn says:

    October 19th, 2008at 10:29 am(#)


    I would SO like all three guys to get on TUF, because that means I can finally talk about them on Matt-Hughes Forum in my own section. See I Moderate TUF Section…this would be FANTASTIC!!

    I dont really know Zach or Ambang…but I’ve spoken on here and on Myspace to Levon heaps!! and He’s just GOT to make it onto the show! I did say I knew he’d make it to the UFC a while back.

    damnit, I already have my favourite to win, and the Trials havent happened yet hahahahahaha!


    (please dont fight each other though…until the Finals LOL)

  8. Jessie Davis says:

    October 19th, 2008at 10:30 am(#)

    Zach is such a well-rounded guy! We are talking more than just MMA. Coming from his sister, he explained his devotion to MMA as, “Jess, I like this more than I like girls….and you know how much I like girls. ” What’s more interesting than a MMA fighter with 3 sisters? What’s more interesting than a nerd turned MMA fighter? He’s the one who went to brazil to develop his BJJ, he not only did that but also learned Portuguese,found a girlfriend, and a new tattoo. I think he is perfect for the show because he is skilled, devoted, interesting, and likeable without all the drama of people so often on tv these days. Not only will the MMA world root for him but also the regular joe! He will surprise you whether in person or in the ring.

  9. Joe Friend says:

    October 19th, 2008at 11:24 am(#)


    Was hanging out with Phil and watched one of your fights online. Holy crap man! I don’t know how you got that submission but you are one goofy/scary motherf***er! My family and friends are rooting for you.

    If you ever get a break from training you’ve got to come back out to Annapolis and next summer we’re going to the beach.

    Alright man, keep the laughs and punches coming!

    -Joe Friend

  10. Eric says:

    October 19th, 2008at 1:35 pm(#)

    Zach in my opinion is the true “ROCKY” of our gym…always training, always punishing, always saying the funniest most random things..And all of you guys that train with him, (you know who u are) can agree that he’s def got the heart. You are a true champion.

  11. Gibb says:

    October 19th, 2008at 2:19 pm(#)

    I wrestled with zach in high school – I remember when he was tossing 189lb kids on their backs when he weighed in at under 170lb. He has a hell of a lot of heart. He will break kids that underestimate him.

  12. Suzanne says:

    October 19th, 2008at 3:44 pm(#)

    Goodl uck, Zach! The show would be more of a hit with you on it!

  13. Paul says:

    October 19th, 2008at 4:50 pm(#)

    Zach is a skilled and entertaining fighter with great potential. He is also a very confident, charismatic, and witty character. This combination of skills, abilities, and personality traits makes him an ideal candidate for a show like the ultimate fighter, where the trainees need to be both promising fighters and unique, entertaining individuals. Zach is your man!

  14. Kristi says:

    October 19th, 2008at 8:43 pm(#)

    Zach, the show would suck without you! I can’t wait to yell and scream at the TV when I am watching you on the show! II know if you are on the show, you will make it to the end! Good luck!

  15. Jessie Davis says:

    October 19th, 2008at 9:36 pm(#)

    just put zach on tv, you won’t find someone who regrerts it, promise!!!!

  16. Fernanda says:

    October 19th, 2008at 10:18 pm(#)

    it seems this is your new blog. I read some comments and most of them are for you, no wonder why…..you posses the skills that this show requires and an awesome personality
    I didn t know about your secret nerd side.. cool

    i wish you the best!!



  17. Zach says:

    October 19th, 2008at 11:24 pm(#)

    Oh man you guys are awesome, I only hope I can make you all proud. Its easy to give a 100% when there are this many people behind you. Can’t wait to lay it all on the line, thanks for all the support.

  18. Muyideen Abasi says:

    October 20th, 2008at 8:45 am(#)

    Zack deserves to be on the show. Zack is a great fighter and truly a good person , he comes to win and has a great spirit……………….

  19. Mike says:

    October 20th, 2008at 9:06 am(#)

    Good luck out there zack, we know you’ll tear it up!

  20. Dimitry says:

    October 20th, 2008at 10:11 am(#)

    Zach Great show…as allways actualy. Hey man just want to congratulate you on another victory keep it up man.

    p.s. “The Triangle kid”- is my nickname for you!

  21. Brad B. (Bradest) says:

    October 20th, 2008at 11:01 am(#)

    I cant say anything else that hasnt been said about Levon. He should be on the show and in the UFC .It would be nice to see my friend on TV kicking butt.He has it all, and is such a nice person. A roll model for us all! I wish him the best.

  22. Melissa says:

    October 20th, 2008at 2:18 pm(#)

    Not only is Zack an unbelievable Fighter, but he’s also an awesome person and role model. Zack has been instructing my children in martial arts for several years. He has helped to teach my children discipline, respect and self confidence which has been carried out into real world settings such as at school or on their sports teams. My children admire Zack for what he’s become. Not only because he’s a successful Fighter, but because of the type of person that he is.

  23. Max says:

    October 20th, 2008at 2:30 pm(#)

    Zack can consistently urinate on pillows, and his furniture destruction skills are second to none. You need him!

  24. Billy says:

    October 20th, 2008at 3:43 pm(#)

    If Zach is on this year i don’t know if anyone can stop him. He’s the first and last person training everyday and his heart is the only thing tougher than his body. Good luck to everyone this season.

  25. Phillip "The Wicked" Wyman says:

    October 23rd, 2008at 9:36 am(#)

    I am blessed to be a part of this TEAM!
    I am looking forward to this experience and cannot wait to perform.

  26. Jason says:

    October 23rd, 2008at 1:30 pm(#)

    Mark my words! The wicked Phil Wyman will clean house! Go Phil!!

  27. Rick says:

    October 23rd, 2008at 8:13 pm(#)

    Put together the most genuinely nicest guy you’ll ever meet with the hardest working MMA athlete you’ll ever see train and you’ve got Levon Maynard. He’s got a big heart and even bigger sledgehammer fists. If you’ve never met him, you’ll be in for a big surprise by his great character and his ability to whoop azz!

  28. Zach says:

    October 24th, 2008at 12:45 am(#)

    Damn Team Suckerpunch rolls deep, cant wait to take chicago by storm

  29. Danitha says:

    October 24th, 2008at 10:44 am(#)

    Superman wears Zack Davis pajamas. Kick some butt man, can’t wait to see you on TV!

  30. Priscilla says:

    October 25th, 2008at 8:17 am(#)

    Good luck Francois, even though you don’t need it. With your combination of strength and technique …just do you…and you got this! Wishing the entire team the best in Chicago!

    Francois, je vous aime et vous manque alot! Je regrette que je ne sois pas là. Bonne chance et Que Dieu vous bénisse.

  31. Joseph Ambrose says:

    October 25th, 2008at 1:45 pm(#)

    Wow Zach!! At it again ay? Honestly, I was suprised to not see you on this season especially after seeing some of the performances on the show. I’ve been training in martial arts for ten years seven of which, I’ve spent playing BJJ and I’ll say this, Zach was always one of the most promising fighters at our academy. Ever since the first time I rolled with him I knew he was a force to be reckoned with. Now that he’s got his stand up tight I have no doubt in my mind he’ll be one of the great competitors on TUF. Great wrestling background, solid BJJ skills, and good stand up qualities. What more could you ask for. I’ve kept up with MMA since the birth of UFC and as a viewer, I’d like to see this guy Zach fighting on my TV screen in 2009. Not because I need to point and say, hey I know that guy but rather, so I may enjoy that much more, the sports I train and love.

  32. Jason says:

    October 25th, 2008at 2:33 pm(#)

    Go Phil!! We are all pushin for you in your hometown!!! Beat em down like a Jundokan would beat a taekwondo guy in an AAU Karate tourney. Ha!


  33. Virgil says:

    October 26th, 2008at 7:59 pm(#)

    Zach is a WILD MAN! He pushes everything to the limit and then some in everything he does! Cant wait to see you push the limits on TUF!!!

  34. John Curry says:

    October 28th, 2008at 5:58 pm(#)

    I can take them all them bitches………………………………………………………………………………to McDonalds.

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