The cast for season 17 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show has been revealed. Officials from the UFC confirmed the 28 cast members to USA Today for the newest installment of the organization’s longest-running series.
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and trash-talking sensation Chael Sonnen will be the coaches for the latest season of the show.
The Ultimate Fighter season 17 will begin on January 22nd on FX at 8:00 PM E.T. The two hour premiere will feature an elimination round of fights with the 14 winners earning their way in the house. According to UFC president Dana White, one member of the cast strikes fear in the eyes of every other cast member.
“The whole house is terrified of this guy. Everybody,” White said. “I picked this fight, and this guy is lined up with the guy I’m telling you about, and the guy has a nervous breakdown in the house over the weekend.
“This guy scared the living s— out of everyone. It’s awesome.”
It looks like this season will shape up to be a good one.
Here is the full cast for TUF 17, courtesy of MMA Junkie:
- 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.