‘The Ultimate Fighter 17’ Season Premiere Tonight on FX

Written by Tom Ngo
January 22nd, 2013

UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones

The time for hyping is done, as “The Ultimate Fighter 17” makes its season debut tonight on FX at 8PM ET. Actually, the hoopla might just be getting started since Chael Sonnen is coaching opposite Jon Jones (Pictured) this season.

The long-running reality series makes its move from Fridays to Tuesdays, starting with tonight’s two-hour season premiere. Next Tuesday, TUF transitions to its regular time slot of 9PM ET.

Jones and Sonnen will tutor 28 middleweights as they fight for superstardom. The winner of the 185-pound tournament secures their short-term future with the planet’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion by pocketing a six-figure UFC contract.

Please click the media player below to watch the promo:

Here are the TUF 17 hopefuls:

Dylan Andrews (16-4-1), 32, Gold Coast, Australia

Kito Andrews (9-2), 34, Sacramento, Calif.

Luke Barnatt (5-0), 24, Cambridge, England

Leo Bercier (7-2), 31, Great Falls, Mont.

Ryan Bigler (9-3), 28, Yona, Guam

Kevin Casey (5-2), Hawthorne, Calif.

Adam Cella (4-0), 27, Fenton, Mo.

Zach Cummings (15-3), 28, Kansas City, Mo.

Andy Enz (6-1), 21, Anchorage, Alaska

Nik Fekete (5-1), 32, Las Vegas

Kelvin Gastelum (5-0), 20, Yuma, Ariz.

Uriah Hall (7-2), 28, New York City

Collin Hart (4-1-1), 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Clint Hester (7-3), 25, Atlanta

Jake Heun (3-2), 25, Salt Lake City

Mike Jasper (6-0), 29, Camarillo, Calif.

Nicholas Kohring (3-0), 22, Valley Springs, Calif.

Robert “Bubba” McDaniel (20-6), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.

Fraser Opie (10-5), 29, Milton Keynes, England

Mike Persons (3-0), 28, Manteca, Calif.

Jimmy Quinlan (3-0), 26, Metheun, Mass.

Scott Rosa (4-1), 26, Sparks, Nev.

Joshua Samman (9-2), 24, Tallahassee, Fla.

Gilbert Smith Jr. (5-1), Colorado Springs, Colo.

Eldon Sproat (3-1), 27, Molokai, Hawaii

Tor Troeng (15-4-1), 29, Umea, Sweden

Eric Wahlin (5-1), 29, Taylorsville, Utah

Timothy Williams (7-1), 26, Millville, N.J.

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