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TUF 17 cast comes with international flavor

The UFC has made it a point to focus on international markets over the past few years, even going so far as to create versions of the Ultimate Fighter franchise aimed at specific regions such as Australia, Brazil, and India. Though TUF 17 will unfold in the organization’s home-base of Las Vegas, it looks like the contestants will still bring a global appeal to the competition.

With less than two weeks to go before the debut episode airs, the UFC has revealed the list of fighters slated to see action along with some additional details about the upcoming season. Among them are names from Guam, Sweden, England, and Australia, as well as a handful of Mixed Martial Artists hardcore fans may be familiar with such as Bubba McDaniel, Zach Cummings, and Kevin Casey.

“The quality of guys we have this season in unbelievable,” stated UFC President Dana White in a press release. “From the fights to get into the house, to every single fight this season, I think the talent is some of the best I’ve ever seen on this show. We’re going to end up with some really good guys in the 185-pound division.”

Fourteen fights are scheduled for the show’s January 22 unveiling. Though not announced, the format implies two “wild card” spots will be awarded to result in a sixteen-man field. MMAJunkie is also reporting fighters were allowed to bring friends/family in to see them throw down in the tournament’s opening round.

The full list of TUF 17 fighters can be found below:

Dylan Andrews (16-4-1 / Gold Coast, Australia)
Jake Heun (3-2 / Salt Lake City, Utah)
Hito Andrews (9-2 / Sacramento, California)
Nicholas Hohring (3-0 / Valley Springs, California)
Luke Barnatt (5-0 / Cambridge, England)
Mike Jaspar (6-0 / Camarillo, California)
Bubba McDaniel (20-6 / Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Leo Bercier (7-2 / Great Falls, Montana)
Ryan Lee Bigler (9-3 / Guam)
Frasier Opie (10-5 / Milton, England)
Kevin Casey (5-2 / Hawthorne, California)
Frederick Persons (3-0 / Stockton, California)
Adam Cella (4-0 / Fenton, Missouri)
Jimmy Quinlan (3-0 / Metheun, Massachusetts)
Zach Cummings ( 15-3 / Kansas City, Kansas)
Scott Rosa (4-1 / Sparks, Nevada)
Andy Enz (6-1 / Anchorage, Alaska)
Josh Samman (0-2 / Tallahassee, Florida)
Nik Fehete (5-1 / Las Vegas, Nevada)
Gilbert Smith (5-1 / Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Kelvin Gastelum (5-0 / Yuma, Arizona)
Eldon Sproat (3-1 / Molohai, Hawaii)
Uriah Hall (7-2 / New York City, New York)
Tor Troeng (15-4-1 / Umea, Sweden)
Collin Hart (4-1-1 / Santa Rosa, California)
Eric Wahlin (5-1 / Taylorsville, Utah)
Clint Hester (7-3 / Atlanta, Georgia)
Timothy Williams (7-1 / Millville, New Jersey)

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

2 COMMENTS
  • darth_irritable says:

    Go the Kiwis!

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    just from a quick glance down the list there are more promising fighters with recognisable names and good records than i remember seeing for a long time in TUF. In particular Zach Cummings, Tor Troeng, Bubba, but Nik Fekete is the one guy who really stands out to me. gonna take a closer look at the rest but this is loking like the best cast for a long time.

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