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Martin Stapleton selected for 'The Ultimate Fighter 9'

British lightweight prospect Martin Stapleton will be one of the initial 32 fighters competing for a spot in the house on "The Ultimate Fighter 9" on Spike TV.

32 fighters in the first two episodes are matched up in elimination bouts to determine the 16 that will stay in the house.

Stapleton (5-1) trains out of Team Quannum and comes from a Muay Thai background.

When he's not training, Stapleton is a full-time Royal Marines Physical Training Instructor.

If Stapleton wins his elimination bout, he will be one of the four lightweights on Michael Bisping's UK team.

"The Ultimate Fighter 9: United States vs. United Kingdom" premieres Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00pm ET/PT on Spike TV.

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