Pic: UFC announces 16-member cast of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) China

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UFC middleweight Cung Le will oversee a group of 16 mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters looking to earn international bragging rights on the inaugural season of TUF: "China."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced the 16-member cast of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "China," the promotion's upcoming international version of the popular combat sports reality television show.

Sorry, stateside fans, but you won't be seeing this one on FOX Sports 1.

Instead, the program will air locally under the tutelage of UFC middleweight and former Strikeforce 185-pound champion Cung Le, who will assume the same type of role as UFC President Dana White does on the North American version (details).

Without further ado, here is the cast of TUF: China, courtesy of our friends over at MMA in Asia:

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Top: Albert Cheng 陈正康, Allen Chong 张济明, Dong Xin 董鑫, Fu Chang Xin 付长鑫
Bottom: He Wei Jian 何建伟, Li Jin Ying 李金英, Li Jun Han 李俊翰, Ning Guang You 宁广友

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Top: Shih Liang 史亮, An Ying Wang 王安莹, Wang Sai 王赛, Wu Qi Ze 吴奇泽
Bottom: Yang JianPing 杨建平, Yao Zhi Kui 姚志奎, Zhang Lipeng 张立鹏, Zhi Qing Xiang 朱庆祥

From the UFC presser:

The highly anticipated Chinese edition of The Ultimate Fighter is co-produced by UFC and Liaoning Radio Television and will premiere this December on Liaoning Satellite TV, reaching more than 830 million viewers across China at weekend prime time. The live Finale event to determine the inaugural champion of The Ultimate Fighter China will take place at The Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena in March 2014. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao and Marina Bay Sands are the presenting sponsors of The Ultimate Fighter China, the result of a multi-year partnership between Sands China Ltd. and UFC.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates to TUF: China once the season gets underway early next month. In the meantime, any hardcore international fans able to vouch for any of the fighters listed above?

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