The cast of 32 welterweights for the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 dubbed “The Ultimate Fighter Fridays” have been released. Set to make its premiere in just two weeks and a day on September 14th special two-hour premiere will feature all 32 fighters in 16 elimination fights airing at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT on FX.
Heavyweights Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson will be handling the coaching duties and will also square off in The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 main event on the live season Finale on Saturday, Dec. 15 on FX. After last season were the “live” format was used, the The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 will return to its original “taped” format.
Below is the cast of 32 hopefuls, one of them will earn the six figure contract and become the next Ultimate Fighter.
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
The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 will normally air on Fridays at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on FX.