With less than three weeks to go before the curtain drops on the UFC’s latest entry in the popular Ultimate Fighter reality series the cast of 32 fighters competing for sixteen spots in the Season 16 house has been revealed and it features a handful of familiar faces for hardcore fans.
Among those names MMA enthusiasts may have seen in action before are Bristol Marunde and Sam Alvey. Marunde fought Ronaldo Souza under the Strikeforce banner on short notice earlier this year, while Alvey made a name for himself in Bellator by beating Karl Amoussou in tournament action before falling via Split Decision in his follow-up fight. He has since gone 4-1 including wins in his last two outings.
The FX-bound TUF 16 debuts on September 14 with two teams of welterweights being headed by heavyweight rivals Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson, a situation itself poised to create fireworks.
“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 in the press release revealing the cast.
The first episode will feature sixteen fights with each winner moving on to a regular spot on the show.
The full list of cast-members can be found 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