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‘The Ultimate Fighter 16’ Cast Revealed, Season Debuts September 14th on FX

Written by Tom Ngo
August 30th, 2012
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UFC Heavyweight Roy Nelson

FX has just announced the 32 welterweights who will be competing for a six-figure UFC contract on the 16th edition of The Ultimate Fighter, which has been dubbed “The Ultimate Fighter Fridays.”

This season debuts September 14th on FX with a two-hour special starting at 9PM ET/PT. The premiere features the 16 elimination bouts to get into the TUF house.

The upcoming season will run for 13 consecutive weeks, airing Friday nights at 10PM ET/PT following the premiere. The tournament winner will be crowned at the live finale on December 15th on FX.

Heavyweights Roy Nelson (Pictured) and Shane Carwin will serve as this season’s opposing coaches. The bitter rivals will headline the finale.

“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.

Here are the athletes hoping to score a bed in the TUF house:

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

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