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.
Jones is the undefeated UFC light heavyweight champion. After the FX series airs, Jones and Sonnen will fight at UFC 159 on April 27.
The taping will end with two finalists in a live bout sometime in April at the Hard Rock Casino and Cafe in Las Vegas.
The winner of that match will be crowned The Ultimate Fighter, sign a six-figure contract with UFC and become a recognizable and marketable name in one of the fastest growing sports in America.
I did offer Hart congratulations which might seem weird at first blush, since we don't know he did after his opening-round victory.
Other than those involved in the show, no one knows, not even his folks. However, Hart did become one of the final 28, and that's a story in itself.
Two hundred and fifty fighters applied and auditioned. The first test was a two-minute grappling contest. A fighter couldn't throw a punch or kick. No striking of the opponent.
The UFC people wanted to see, basically, who were athletes, who could move with coordination and speed and who had power and could apply it.
"Three-quarters of the fighters were eliminated after that," said Hart, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds. "If you were a stand-up fighter you were at a disadvantage."
Hart certainly had an advantage. He wrestled his sophomore and senior years at Analy, and for two years at SRJC. He played football for Analy but freely admitted he didn't apply himself as he has done to MMA. And MMA aroused him in a way football did not.
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