Local MMA fighter Hart gets shot at national acclaim

If you were tuned into FX on your television Tuesday night, you saw Santa Rosa's Collin Hart, competing as a mixed martial artist.

I spoke to Hart before the season premiere of "The Ultimate Fighter," FX's mixed martial arts reality show. On Tuesday night's telecast, Hart defeated Mike Jasper to make the initial cut from 28 to 14 fighters to be coached as two teams by current UFC stars Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.

I wish I could tell you more about how the rest of the fights go. I wish I could tell you how this competition ends. I can't. Hart's victory Tuesday night is all I know.

As a good reporter I tried asking Hart. He couldn't tell me either. Couldn't fault him actually, once I learned the facts.

Hart is one of 28 MMA middleweights who began Tuesday night's competition for the chance to be named The Ultimate Fighter.

Notice the verb tense I just used. "Competed." The competition has been completed. It was filmed over a period of time sometime in 2012 and will be broadcast on FX for the next 12 weeks.

Who will win? Don't know. How will it end? Are you kidding? There's a very good reason that Hart, a 2007 Analy grad, can't say.

"I would be fined $5 million and prohibited from ever fighting again," said Hart who attended SRJC.

Hart signed the non-disclosure contract agreeing to those stipulations. This is a television show and, well, suspense is required.

The winners of Tuesday's 14 fights were chosen in a draft by the coaches. Sonnen had first pick, but Hart wound up being selected to fight for Jones' squad.

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