UFC officials have revealed the 32 fighters who will compete on a special two-hour episode to gain entrance into The Ultimate Fighter house.
The series, which stars heavyweights Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson as coaches, begins September 14 on FX. Sixteen welterweights will gain a spot on TUF, with a future UFC contract awaiting the winner.
Carwin and Nelson are set to square off against one another at the finale on December 15. The two have drawn plenty of interest with their obvious hatred for one another.
“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,” UFC president Dana White said. “He’s been a nightmare for me to work with on this show with all his stupid BS.”
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Bristol Marunde, 30, Las Vegas; Cameron Diffley, 27, Las Vegas; Colton Smith, 30, 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; Leo Kuntz, 28, Bismarck, N.D.; Lev Magen, 25, Las Vegas; Matt Secor, 25, South Glens Falls, N.Y.; Max Griffin, 26, Sacramento, Calif.; Michael Hill, 25, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada; Mike Ricci, 26, Montreal; Neil Magny, 24, Chicago; 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.