“The Ultimate Fighter 16” will return to action on September 14 at 9PM with a two-hour premiere. The full cast of the series has been revealed and the lineup of welterweights has a few notable faces from Strikeforce and Bellator fight cards.
As previously announced, heavyweights Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson will serve as the coaches on the upcoming season. The two big men will square off on the show’s December 15 live finale, also live on FX.
“Carwin and Nelson are two guys who just can’t stand each other and Roy and I haven’t exactly seen eye to eye either – he’s been a nightmare for me to work with on this show with all his stupid BS,” said UFC president Dana White (via press release).
The upcoming season will air on Fridays for 13 consecutive weeks at 10PM on FX. The premiere episode will feature 16 fights, as the cast of 32 hopeful fighters is trimmed to 16 members. As always, the fighters will be competing for a six-figure, multi-year deal from the promotion.
The full cast:
- Bristol Marunde, 30, Las Vegas, Nev.
- Cameron Diffley, 27, Las Vegas, Nev.
- Colton Smith, 25, Fort Hood, Texas via Ankeny, Iowa
- Cortez Coleman, 30, Hugo, Okla.
- David Michaud, 23, Pine Ridge, S.D.
- Diego Bautista, 26, Lakewood, Calif.
- Dom Waters, 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.
- Eddy Ellis, 29, Olympia, Wash.,
- Frank Camacho, 23, Camp Springs, Md.,
- George Lockhart, 29, Atlanta, Ga.
- Igor Araujo, 31, Albuquerque, N.M. via Patos De Minas, Brazil
- James Chaney, 25, Klamath Falls, Ore.
- Jason South, 34, West Jordan, Utah
- Jerel Clark, 23, Reno, Nev.
- Jesse Barrett, 26, Tempe, Ariz.
- Joey Rivera, 32, Tucson, Ariz.
- Jon Manley, 26, Ludlow, Mass.
- Julian Lane, 25, Mansfield, Ohio
- Kevin Nowaczyk, 23, Chicago, Ill.
- Leo Kuntz, 28, Bismarck, N.D.
- Lev Magen, 25, Las Vegas, Nev.
- Matt Secor, 25, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
- Max Griffin, 26, Sacramento, Calif.
- Michael Hill, 25, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
- Mike Ricci, 26, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Neil Magny, 24, Chicago, Ill.
- Nic Herron-Webb, 22, Anchorage, Alaska
- Ricky Legere Jr., 26, Corona, Calif.
- Saad Awad, 23, San Bernardino, Calif.
- Sam Alvey, 26, Murrieta, Calif.
- Tim Ruberg, 30, Harrison, Ohio
- Zane Kamaka, 23, Klaianae, Hawaii