The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 is set kickoff on September 14 on FX with a special two-hour premier where previous TUF winner Roy Nelson and fellow heavyweight finisher Shane Carwin will each coach a team of eight welterweight fighters as they do their best to emerge as the last man standing and earn six-figure UFC contract.
Before the coaches can pick teams, the 32 fighters will be trimmed down to just sixteen on the first episode where they will face off in an elimination round. Those left standing will be featured on the show, set to run for thirteen straight weeks on Friday nights. The finalists will then duke it out on December 15 in hopes of hoisting the trophy up and laying claim to the title of Ultimate Fighter. And, now, the world knows exactly who will be competing for the honor.
The list of contestants this year is deep without question an even features Strikeforce/Bellator veterans like Sam Alvey and Bristol Marunde.
“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,” added White in a press release on the upcoming season where the cast was also revealed.
The 32 fighters competing on TUF 16 are:
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