If the UFC’s extended hiatus has you suffering through the Octagon blues, it’s time to turn that frown upside down because “The Ultimate Fighter 16” debuts tonight FX.
The two-hour special begins at 9PM ET/PT and 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.
“The one thing I love about The Ultimate Fighter is, every season is different,” said UFC president Dana White. “Same scenario, same goal – everyone wants to win the contract, but every season has its own things happen to make it exciting and this one is no exception.”
Heavyweights Shane Carwin (Pictured) and Roy Nelson will serve as this season’s opposing coaches. The bitter rivals will tutor 16 welterweights, with the tournament winner securing his future with a six-figure UFC contract.
Nelson and Carwin will collide in the finale.
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