The 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter is set to kick off next Friday, March 9, with a a special two-and-a-half-hour live premiere at 9pm ET/8pm CT on FX. As in previous seasons, 32 competitors will fight for the opportunity to gain entrance to the TUF house and compete for The Ultimate Fighter crown, except this time the fights will happen live and the shooting schedule will span a grueling 13 weeks instead of six.

FX announced the 32 participants who will fight next week earlier today.

  • 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, Mich.
  • 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.

All fights will be contested at 155 pounds.