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Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 'Live' cast announced for March 9 on FX Channel

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FX Channel and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials today announced the complete cast and finalized roster for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15, scheduled to debut LIVE on the cable television network at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, March 9, 2012.

TUF 15 will feature 32 lightweight contestants vying for the coveted "six-figure contract" under the tutelage of bantamweight coaches (and division rivals) Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.

"The Dominator" will put his 135-pound title on the line (again) against "The California Kid" at UFC 148, tentatively scheduled for July 7, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

But the longtime rivals aren't doing anything in "Sin City" until they satisfy their coaching duties on TUF 15, beginning with the two-hour season premiere and then one hour every Friday night (at 10 p.m. ET) for the following 13 weeks up until the June 1 live finale.

Check out the official TUF 15 cast after the jump, which includes Myles Jury from TUF 13 fame, who returns to reality television after leaving that season prematurely. WEC veteran James Krause also gets in on the action.

Have a look.

Akbarh Arreloa, Chula Vista, Calif.
Al Iaquinta, Wantagh, N.Y.
Ali Maclean, Belfast, North Ireland
Andy Ogle, Tynemouth, England
Austin Lyons, Cordova, Tenn.
Brendan Weafer, New York, N.Y.
Chris Tickle, Bloomington, Ill.
Cody Pfister, Amarillo, Texas
Cristiano Marcello, Curitiba, Brazil
Chase Hackett, Littleton, Colo.
Chris Saunders, Long Beach, Calif.
Dakota Cochrane, Omaha, Neb.
Daron Cruickshank, Wayne, Mich.
Drew Dober, Omaha, Neb.
Erin Beach, San Diego, Calif.
James Krause, Blue Springs, Mich.
James Vick, Fort Worth, Texas
Jared Carlsten, Los Angeles, Calif.
Jeff Smith, Mechanicsburg, Penn.
Jeremy Larsen, Phoenix, Ariz.
Joe Proctor, Pembroke, Mass.
John Cofer, Hull, Ga.
Johnavan Vistante, Pearl City, Hawaii
Jon Tuck, Hagtna, Guam
Jordan Rinaldi, Matthews, N.C.
Justin Lawrence, Villa Ridge, Mo.
Mark Glover, Liverpool, England
Michael Chiesa, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Myles Jury, San Diego, Calif.
Mike Rio, Miami, Fla.
Sam Sicilia, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Vinc Pichel, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

The debut episode will consist of 16 live elimination fights, so expect this list to be cut in half before anyone even steps foot inside the saloon TUF house.

More news and notes and a video sneak peek of The Ultimate Fighter "Live" right here.

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