The next international installment of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) combat sports reality show features up-and-coming mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters from Latin America, spanning nearly 20 countries, and began filming on May 12, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada (more on that here).
UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will coach opposite division number one contender Fabricio Werdum.
The bantamweight (135 pound) and featherweight (145 pound) teams were assembled earlier this week and Velasquez will be charged with eight Mexican fighters, while Werdum leads the remaining eight, comprised of combatants from eight countries spread across Latin America.
Have a look (via Indiscutido):
Enrique "Henry Bure" Briones 13-4-1 (Tijuana)
Jose Alberto "Teco" Quiñones 0-1 (Zacatecas)
Alex "El Diablito" Pérez 13-4 (Aguascalientes)
Masiosare "Lobo" Fullen 9-4 (Guadalajara)
Gabriel "Moggly" Benítez 16-4 (Tijuana)
Yair "Pantera" Rodríguez 2-1 (Chihuahua)
Rodolfo "Fito" Rubio 12-6 (Federal District)
Marco "El Psycho" Beltrán 5-2 (Guadalajara)
Marlon "Chito" Vera 5-1-1 (Ecuador)
Bentley Syler 5-0 (Bolivia)
Guido "Ninja" Cannetti 5-1 (Argentina)
Freddy "Profe" Serrano 0-0 (Colombia)
Alexander "Rolo" Torres 5-1 (Colombia)
Diego "Pitbull" Rivas 5-0 (Chile)
Leo "Chimmy" Morales 4-0 (Nicaragua)
Humberto Brown 4-4 (Panama)
The full list of 16 will be made official next week.
According to a report from laaficion.com, Mexican fighters Gabriel Benitez, Enrique Briones, Yair Rodriguez, Jose Alberto and Alejandro Pérez Quiñones have come from the developmental program that started a year ago at Greg Jackson's gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Velasquez defends his 265-pound strap against "Vai Cavalo" at UFC 180 in November (details).
TUF: "Latin America" will air on the UFC Network (via Televisa), the 24-hour subscription-based channel that covers the entire region (with the exception of Brazil). Stateside fans will likely be able to watch it on FOX Sports 1, or possibly online via the promotion's Fight Pass digital network.
MMAmania.com correspondent Adam Guillen contributed to this report.