After auditioning over 500 athletes, the UFC has announced the 32 men that will compete in “The Ultimate Fighter 15.” FX enters the MMA reality world on March 9th with a special two-and-a-half-hour premiere at 9PM ET/PT.
There will be 16 live fights featured in the debut episode, with the winners earning a bed in the TUF house.
The show will then air on every Friday for the next 12 weeks at 10PM ET/PT. A lightweight will look to secure his future by winning the tournament and scoring a six-figure UFC contract.
‘TUF 15’ will culminate on June 1st in a three-hour finale episode.
This season’s coaches are reigning bantamweight king Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber (Pictured). The bitter rivals will collide July 7th at UFC 148 once filming wraps.
Here are the contestants competing for superstardom:
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.