The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 contestant, Justin Wren, (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), is fighting in his new home at Bellator 141, this Friday Aug. 28, against Josh “The Hammer” Burns. Burns himself is coming of two recent losses against Raphael Butler and Bobby Lashley under the Bellator umbrella.

Wren has been gone from the sport since 2010, where he last fought against Josh Robertson and won by submission via rear-naked choke. During those five years, he began his foundation Fight For the Forgotten [FFTF] (who later began working with Water4.org) to help the Congolese pygmies by giving them water wells, farming projects and trying to make the people free from slavery by buying the land back to the pygmies after having it stolen from underneath them.

During the five year absent from the sport, Wren has also written a book in collaboration with New York Times bestselling author, Loretta Hunt, that is coming out Sept. 15 called, “Fight for the Forgotten: How a Mixed Martial Artist Stopped Fighting for Himself and Started Fighting for Others.”

Being away from the sport of MMA for five years, where evolution is a big portion of the game. How affected is Wren because of his absent from the sport?

It is similar to a wrestler vs striker match up. Burns has some submission victories combined with four KO/TKO victories. However, Wren has a wrestling pedigree with being the only wrestling national champion, Greco Roman style, coming from out of Texas in history. He also has six KO/TKO victories.

Wren has promised to give 100 % of his win money to FFTF and Water4.org to further help the pygmies in Congo.

Will the pygmies get Wren’s win money? How affected is he from his travels to and from Congo? What will his weight be on Friday? And the ring rust?

A lot is on stake for Justin Wren this weekend.

Bellator 141 will take place on Friday, Aug. 28, in Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, Calif.

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Christian Larusson
Staff Writer

Christian Larusson is a passionate Mixed Martial Arts fan. With experience in writing for Swedish MMA sites, he now solely writes in English through blogging, PunchDrunkSports and The MMA Corner. Got his heart broken early in his life when a friend, ‘Judas’, told him that WWE/WWF wasn’t real. Then one day, he saw MMA on a friend's computer, he was overwhelmed with emotions from what his eyes had just seen. He´s been in love ever since. Christian has been published in different Swedish papers and books, nothing to do with MMA though, so who gives a shh-.