LOS ANGELES — With a live crowd and a taped show at an energetic Capitol City Bar in Los Angeles, Sako Chivichyan and Sevak Magakian knew all the results before they aired for all the world to see.
That certainly didn't prevent any nerves, though, as the aspiring Glendale mixed-martial-arts fighters looked on along with a gathering of friends, family and media late Wednesday night as the season premiere of "The Ultimate Fighter: Season 12" aired on Spike TV.
"I'm very nervous," said the 26-year-old Chivichyan in the hours leading up to the show. "I've got butterflies like I'm gonna be going in there to fight.
"I'm just hoping [the Spike TV editors and producers] represent me the right way. Hopefully I didn't embarrass myself too much."
Not long after, the world learned what Magakian and Chivichyan already knew, that the Jewel City tandem won their respective fights as the "TUF" field was whittled down from 28 fighters to 14 on the first episode, as has become a tradition in seasons as of late, where the fighters must win to earn their way into "The Ultimate Fighter" house in Las Vegas, where the majority of the six-week reality show is filmed.