The format marks one of the many changes in how the show was broadcasted before on Spike TV, as each week there will also be live fights to determine who moves on in the tournament with a recap of training/in-house action also edited in. UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and #1 contender Urijah Faber will coach two teams of lightweights/welterweights.
After the first show each week will consist of one-hour telecasts on Friday night, leading up to a winner being crowned June 1 at the Finale.
“We’re producing ground-breaking television with the Ultimate Fighter Live and we can’t wait to kick this season off with FX,” UFC President Dana White said. “It’s going to be can’t-miss TV.”
A list of the season’s contestants was released earlier today with a few stand-outs including South Florida fighter Mike Rio, former Chute Boxe staple Cristiano Marcello, and TUF 13 alumnus Myles Jury who never got his chance to shine due to a severe knee injury.
Here is the complete rundown of TUF 15 fighters competing on the show:
Akbarh Arreloa, Chula Vista, Calif.
Al Iaquinta, Wantagh, N.Y.
Ali Maclean, Belfast, North Ireland
Andy Ogle, Tynemouth, England
Austin Lyons, Cordova, Tenn.
Brendan Weafer, New York, N.Y.
Chris Tickle, Bloomington, Ill.
Cody Pfister, Amarillo, Texas
Cristiano Marcello, Curitiba, Brazil
Chase Hackett, Littleton, Colo.
Chris Saunders, Long Beach, Calif.
Dakota Cochrane, Omaha, Neb.
Daron Cruickshank, Wayne, Mich.
Drew Dober, Omaha, Neb.
Erin Beach, San Diego, Calif.
James Krause, Blue Springs, MO.
James Vick, Fort Worth, Texas
Jared Carlsten, Los Angeles, Calif.
Jeff Smith, Mechanicsburg, Penn.
Jeremy Larsen, Phoenix, Ariz.
Joe Proctor, Pembroke, Mass.
John Cofer, Hull, Ga.
Johnavan Vistante, Pearl City, Hawaii
Jon Tuck, Hagtna, Guam
Jordan Rinaldi, Matthews, N.C.
Justin Lawrence, Villa Ridge, Mo.
Mark Glover, Liverpool, England
Michael Chiesa, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Myles Jury, San Diego, Calif.
Mike Rio, Miami, Fla.
Sam Sicilia, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Vinc Pichel, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
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