Winner receives six-figure Ultimate Fighting Championship contract.
FORT HOOD, TX 9 October 2012 - Experience the UFC like never before! Catch an episode of the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ with one of the competitors, Fort Hood's very own SSG Colton Smith, at the Backbone NCO Lounge (37th Street, Bldg. 194) on October 19 at 9 pm. Smith will be available before and after the match for a meet-and-greet and autograph signing. Don't miss your chance to meet the only Active Duty Ultimate Fighter fighting for you!
Smith was selected to be on the show’s 16th season (featuring the Top-16 unsigned welterweight mixed martial artists) after progressing through 5,000 original applicants – which was eventually narrowed down to 500 individuals that tried out for the competition. Smith is the first active-duty Soldier to be on the television series. An Airborne Ranger, Smith first realized of his opportunity to land a spot on the show, while working at the Pentagon as a Congressional Escort.
Ultimately 32 fighters made the cut to be on the show and the final 16, including Fort Hood’s very own Smith, made it into the house. The fighters compete on two teams, coached by professional heavyweight fighters Shane Carwin and Roy “Big Country” Nelson with the eventual winner being awarded a six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Smith is no stranger to competition as he was one of the coaches that led the Fort Hood Combatives team to its unprecedented, third consecutive All-Army Combatives Championship this past year. Before coaching a team to a championship, Smith garnered the Iowa State High School Wrestling Championship in Greco Roman and Freestyle in the 145-pound weight class, in 2004.
“Every time that I fight, I fight for the men and women (my brothers and sisters) overseas,” Colton Smith said. “Being an active-duty Soldier, I want to let others know that you can be a Soldier and chase your dreams at the same time.”
The doors open at 8 pm, with a Meet and Greet session with Colton Smith at 8:30 pm. The event is free and open to all DoD ID-Card holders.