FIELD FINALIZED FOR THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® ON FX
(PRESS RELEASE) -- LOS ANGELES (Jan. 9, 2013) – Tuesdays just got
TUF™. On January 22, some of the world’s most talented and
determined mixed martial artists will face-off in the most grueling
sports tournament on television. Watch as 28 mixed martial arts
prospects battle for a coveted spot on the new season of The
Ultimate Fighter®, which begins with a special two-hour premiere
airing at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
The Ultimate Fighter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship®’s
long-running reality television series, will run for 13 weeks and
will culminate in a three-hour finale, live from the Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Unlike previous seasons on
FX, the one-hour broadcast will now be shown on Tuesday nights at
its new regularly scheduled timeslot of 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The 14 successful combatants will be divided into two teams, which
will be coached by two of the fiercest rivals in all of sport. UFC®
light heavyweight champion and MMA superstar, Jon “Bones” Jones
will captain one team, while the controversial and charismatic
challenger Chael Sonnen
will lead the second team into battle in this, the 17th installment
of the series.
The coaches will then collide for the light heavyweight title on
Saturday, April 27, at UFC® 159: JONES vs. SONNEN at the Prudential
Center in Newark, N.J.
Not surprisingly, both Jones and Sonnen will be bringing their
trademark self-confidence into their stints as coaches this season
on The Ultimate Fighter.
“I thought it would be a good way to share myself with the sport of
MMA,” Jones said. “I embrace the role.”
Said Sonnen: “The hottest show on FX is being graced with the
greatest talent God ever made: Chael P. Sonnen.’’
The list of finalists in the middleweight (185 pounds) division was
trimmed from more than 250 applicant athletes. The fighters - all
seeking the opportunity of a lifetime and a six-figure contract
from the Ultimate Fighting Championship - hail from the United
States, Australia, England and Sweden.
“The quality of guys we have this season in unbelievable,” said UFC
President Dana White. “From the fights to get into the house, to
every single fight this season, I think the talent is some of the
best I’ve ever seen on this show. We’re going to end up with some
really good guys in the 185-pound division.”
“The production value has increased, the talent level is at an
all-time high, and we have two of the most dynamic personalities in
all of the UFC as our coaches,” said Chuck Saftler, EVP of FX
Networks. “I’m extremely excited about this season of The Ultimate
Fighter and truly believe this could be the show’s best season
On Jan. 22, the season will launch with 14 gripping elimination
scraps. Those victorious in the opening round, or “Fight In”,
become official cast members and earn their place in The Ultimate
Fighter house in Las Vegas. The winners will be drafted into
opposing teams of seven by Jones and Sonnen. Thereafter, cameras
will document their activity before and after their training and
fights during the season.
Each episode’s winners will advance in the single-elimination
tournament until one is crowned The Ultimate Fighter.
The competitors are:
Andrews (16-4-1), 32, Gold Coast, AUS
Heun (3-2), 25, Salt Lake City, Utah
Hito Andrews (9-2), 34, Sacramento, Calif.
Hohring (3-0), 22, Valley Springs, Calif.
Barnatt (5-0), 24, Cambridge, ENG
Mike Jaspar (6-0), 29, Camarillo, Calif.
Bercier (7-2), 31, Great Falls, Montana
Bubba McDaniel (20-6), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
Ryan Lee Q.
Bigler (9-3), 28, Guam
Frasier Opie (10-5), 25, Milton Keynes, ENG
(5-2), 31, Hawthorne, Calif.
Frederick Persons (3-0), 28, Stockton, Calif.
Cella (4-0), 27, Fenton, Mo.
Quinlan (3-0), 26, Metheun, Mass.
Zach Cummings (15-3), 28, Kansas City, Mo.
Rosa (4-1), 27, Sparks, Nev.
(6-1), 21, Anchorage, Alaska
Samman (9-2), 24, Tallahassee, Fla.
Nik Fehete (5-1), 32, Las Vegas, Nev.
Smith (5-1), 30, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Gastelum (5-0), 20, Yuma, Ariz.
Sproat (3-1), 27, Molohai, Hawaii
Hall (7-2), 28, New York City, N.Y.
Troeng (15-4-1), 29, Umea, SWE
Hart (4-1-1), 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Wahlin (5-1), 29, Taylorsville, Utah
Hester (7-3), 24, Atlanta, Ga.
Williams (7-1), 26, Millville, N.J.
Many of today’s most recognizable names in the UFC have emerged
from the TUF™ series, including, among many others, Forrest
Florian, Rashad Evans,
Tune-in and watch who will become the next THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER on
For more show information, bios, videos and photos, visit
ultimatefighter.com and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter under
our new name @TUFonFX or on Facebook.com/TUF.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship®
Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events
that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across
the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA)
organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in
Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC
produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest
pay-per-view event provider in the world. In 2012, the UFC burst
into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement
with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live
events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight
cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX
properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running
sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now
airs on FX.
In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in
over 145 countries and territories, to nearly 800 million TV
households worldwide, in 30 different languages. UFC content is
also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and
restaurants through Joe Hand
Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports
Broadcasting Inc. and Australia via Main Event and in French
throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of
millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social
media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is
considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in
sports, with over two million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC
businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally
distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and
video on demand around the world, the best-selling UFC Undisputed®
video game franchise distributed by THQ, and a new franchise in
development with EA, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC
Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.
FX FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network
from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98
million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of
critically acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series Sons of
Anarchy and Justified; the miniseries American Horror Story:
Asylum; the upcoming drama series The Americans; the acclaimed hit
comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie,
Archer, Wilfred, BrandX with Russell Brand, and Totally Biased with
W. Kamau Bell; and the upcoming comedy Legit. The network’s library
of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported
television network. FX's other offerings include the acquired hit
series Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother, and live
sports with UFC and NCAA football.
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