The debut of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 is not for another three months — September 16, 2009 to be exact — but the roster of fighters is starting to fill out. The list includes a former IFL champion, several NFL players, a few UFC veterans and one YouTube phenomenon for good measure.
The Sun passed along the news, suggesting the cast will comprise just 16 heavyweights, all of whom will get a spot of the show. This is down from 32 fighters who have had to fight their way into the house in an opening elimination round, as seen in recent seasons.
Check out the full TUF 10 cast after the jump:
- Kimbo Slice (3-1): The YouTube phenomenon and former Elite XC headliner
- Roy Nelson (13-4): Former IFL champion
- Wes Sims (22-12-1): Former UFC fighter
- Marcus Jones (4-1): Former NFL player
- Matt Mitrione (0-0): Former NFL player
- Wes Shivers (N/A): NFL veteran
- Jim York (10-2): MMA fighter
- Justin Wren (6-1): NFL player/MMA fighter
- Mike Wessel (6-1): Former UFC fighter
- Scott Junk (6-2-1): Former UFC fighter
- Zak Jensen (7-3): MMA fighter
- Darrill Schoonover (10-0): MMA fighter
- Brendan Schaub (4-0): MMA fighter
- Jon Madsen (1-0): MMA fighter
- Tom Blackledge (8-6): MMA fighter
- Abe Wagner (6-2): MMA fighter
Commissioned to coach this eclectic band of misfits will be two former light heavyweight champions in Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and "Sugar" Rashad Evans. The pair will have their hands full as this season will comprise heavyweight contenders exclusively.
In fact, TUF 10 will be the first TUF season to feature heavyweights since the second season in late 2005. That season — which culminated in a heavyweight showdown between Rashad Evans and 6’7" Brad Imes — was noted more for its light heavyweights fighting up in weight than it was for its true heavyweight contenders, including Evans, Keith Jardine, Mike Whitehead and Seth Petruzelli.
The date for "The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale" has already been slated for December 5, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Following the finale, coaches Jackson and Evans are expected to duke it out for the number one contender position in the light heavyweight division.
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