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Introducing “The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights”: Justin Wren
- Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 7:02 am by Neal Taflinger
You already recognize some of names and faces from the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but there’s a lot you probably still don’t know about this group of 16 heavyweight warriors. Each weekday between now and the Sept. 16 premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights,” FIGHT! will introduce two cast members leading up to the introduction of our TUF bloggers.
Weight: 264 lbs.
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Trains: Fort Worth with Travis Lutter
MMA record: 6-1-0
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Wren attended Dallas Bishop Lynch High School, where he was a two-time Prep State Champion (2004, 2005) and a two-time Prep all-American, becoming a Prep National Championship his senior year. With two Olympic gold medal winners as coaches, Wren had superb mentors to hone his wrestling prowess. During his last year at Dallas Bishop Lynch, he spent time training at the Olympic Training Center. He attended Iowa State University and joined the wrestling team, but spent his freshman year as a medical red shirt following elbow surgery. During his recovery time, he worked on his mixed martial arts skills and decided to turn pro. Even though Iowa State offered him a full scholarship, he turned it down in order to pursue his professional career in mixed martial arts.
Wren train in Fort Worth with “The Ultimate Fighter 4” champ Travis Lutter but is currently relocating to Denver, Colo. to train at Nate Marquardt’s High Altitude Martial Arts and Trevor Whitman’s T’s KO Fight Club.
To connect with Wren, visit his Myspace page here. Below are videos of Wren wrestling in high school (set to a touching tune by Story of the Year) and a Fort Worth news report about his budding career in “the sport of UFC.”
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