Season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is just around the corner, coached by featherweight rivals Urijah Faber and Conor McGregor. "The California Kid" will lead a squad of stateside mixed martial arts (MMA) hopefuls, while "Notorious" commands a group of European contestants.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) revealed the full cast for the FOX Sports 1 reality show earlier today (Mon., Aug. 31, 2015), which is set to feature lightweight and welterweight combatants. Of the 32 competitors, only 16 will make it into the TUF house on episode one.
Here's where we start:
Andreas Quintana (8-1) from Albuquerque, N.M.
Austin Springer (8-0) from Portland, Ore.
Billy Quarantillo (6-1) from Tampa, Fla.
Brandon Ricetti (7-1) from Chico, Calif.
Brennan Sevin (7-1) from Chauvin, LA.
Chris Gruetzemacher (12-1) from Peoria, AZ
Jason Soares (8-0) from Miami, Fla.
Johnny Nunez (5-1) from Las Vegas, NV
James Jenkins (8-1) from Long Island, NY
Jason Gonzalez (9-2) from Colton, Calif.
Julian Erosa (14-1) from Yakima, Wash.
Mike Flach (7-1) from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Ryan Hall (4-1) from Falls Church, VA
Thanh Le (4-1) from New Orleans, LA
Tim Welch (12-5) from Glendale, Ariz.
Tom Gallicchio (19-8) from Perth Amboy, N.J.
Artem Lobov (11-10-1-1) from Dublin, Ireland
Abner Lloveras (19-7-1) from Barcelona, Spain
David Teymur (3-1) from Stockholm, Sweden
Djamil Chan (19-2) from Amsterdam, Netherlands
Frantz Frank Slioa (4-0) from Stockholm, Sweden
Marcin Wrzosek (10-2) from Bydgoszcz, Poland
Martin Delaney (10-1) from Bathgate, Scotland
Martin Svensson (14-5) from Malmo, Sweden
Mehdi Baghdad (11-3) from Toulon, France
Mohamed Grabinski (10-1) from Dusseldorf, Germany
Paulo Boer (10-1-1) from Holland
Sascha Sharma (8-2) from Stuttgart, Germany
Saul Rogers (10-1) from Bolton, England
Sean Carter (10-1) from Essex, England
Thibault Gouti (10-0) vs. Avignon, France
Vladimir Sikic (10-0) from Frankfurt, Germany
Recognize any of those names?
The 12-episode season begins next Weds. (Sept. 9, 2015) at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will continue each week until the live finale on Dec. 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, headlined by the featherweight showdown pitting Frankie Edgar opposite Chad Mendes.
For much more on TUF 22 and the live finale click here.