Things got serious on the "Caged" (mon., 10 p.m. ET on MTV) season finale when former UFC world champion Tito Ortiz came to Minden, Louisiana to watch the young fighters of "Louisiana Fight Company" in action.
At stake was the chance to sign with Ortiz and leave Minden behind to train with him at Camp Punishment in California.
So, which fighters managed to impress Ortiz and land the coveted chance to turn pro?
Step forward Matt "Danger" Schnell and Tony Kelly.
Ortiz told the delighted fighters, "You're very coachable, and you're very talented. ... I want to shape and mold you guys."
What did he see in the youngsters? "I see you as being the next world champions."
When Ortiz handed the guys their new Team Punishment shirts and went to shake their hands, Tony jumped up but Danger seemed overwhelmed by what had just happened.
He had gotten into the sport as a way of making a better life for himself, but it had sometimes been hard for him to get away from family strife and concentrate on his training.
Now the guys are off to Califoria to work their guts out in the gym seven days a week for three months. At the end of the three months, if they've done their time, they will face their first pro fight.
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