In just a few short weeks, ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ reality show returns to FX Networks. 32 welterweight mixed martial arts hopefuls will enter the ‘TUF’ training center in Las Vegas and attempt to fight their way to the top.
The upcoming season, which debuts on Sept. 14, features a strong contingent of talent. In standard fashion, the 32 competitors will fight against each other to determine which 16 men continue on to the tournament bracket.
UFC heavyweights Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin Vitor coach the two teams of young fighters and are expected to fight at this December.
To see the entire ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Season 16 cast, look below.
- 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
Unlike FX’s first season of the reality show, ‘TUF: Live’, this seasons uses the show’s traditional format in which all content, including the in-house drama and fights, is pre-taped. The show is currently in the final stages of production.