THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: TEAM EDGAR vs. TEAM PENN INITIAL CAST REVEALED
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Las Vegas, Nev. – On Wednesday, April 16,
Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) fans will get their fill of
the UFC’s long-running reality series, The Ultimate Fighter®, as
FOX Sports 1 showcases the season-ending The Ultimate Fighter
Nations Finale live from Quebec City, followed by the two-hour
premiere of the hotly anticipated 19th season headlined by former
lightweight champion Frankie
Edgar and two-division champion B.J. Penn.
In the 19th edition of the series, 16 middleweight (185 lbs.) and
16 light heavyweight (205 lbs.) fighters will square off in the
most challenging sports tournament on television. The premiere
episode will determine the eight men from each division who will
successfully move into The Ultimate Fighter house and compete for a
Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a six-figure contract with the
See this season’s newly released promos featuring Frankie
Edgar, BJ Penn and the latest cast of Ultimate Fighters.
The successful fighters will be divided into two teams, coached by
Edgar and Penn respectively. The series will follow the teams as
they live and train together in preparation for their fights. Then,
both coaches will settle their score once and for all at the
Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 6, in the
main event of The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale.
Edgar is a guy who many believed should have fought at 145
pounds but fought at 155 pounds and beat everybody including BJ
Penn – twice,” said UFC president Dana White. “This kid went from
being a one-dimensional wrestler to having some of the best hands,
knockouts and toe-to-toe wars.
is one of the legends in the sport. He basically built the
155-pound division in the sport and had championship belts at 155
and 170 pounds. I can’t wait to see this third fight.”
The competitors are, in alphabetical order (name, professional MMA
record, age, fighting out of):
The competitors are:
Corey Anderson (3-0), 24, Lincoln, Ill.
Pendred (13-2), 26, Dublin, Ireland
Anundson (6-1), 29, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Poppie (3-1), 24, Ettrick, Wis.
Berzin (3-1), 24, Philadelphia, Pa.
Sparks (7-2), 31, Bloomington, Ind.
Clark (7-2), 29, Richmond, Ky.
Daniel Spohn (8-3), 29, Columbus, Ohio
Fields (8-4), 30, Dublin, Ireland
Joshua Stansbury (4-2), 29, East Liverpool, Ohio
Matthew Gabel (8-3), 28, Le Mars, Iowa
Stephens (4-0), 25, Ringgold, Ga.
Good (15-3), 28, New York, N.Y.
Stroup (5-1), 27, Denver, Colo.
Gordon (6-1), 29, Uniondale, N.Y.
Taleb (8-2), 32, Montreal, Canada
Jacob Heun (6-3), 26, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Urbina (16-8), 26, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Mike King (5-0),
30, Naples, Fla.
Van Buren (6-2), 27, Chula Vista, Calif.
King (7-1), 33, North Attleboro, Mass.
Velickovic (8-2), 33, Delray Beach, Fla.
Lima (8-1), 33, Sugar Hill, Ga.
Vizcaya (7-2), 28, Aurora, Ill.
Miles (14-5), 30, Biloxi, Miss.
Walsh (4-1), 25, Stoughton, Mass.
(5-1), 26, Johnson City, Tenn.
(8-1), 27, Millville, N.J.
Monaghan (8-2), 31, Clinton, Iowa
Zapata (5-1), 27, New York, N.Y.
Mumma (5-1), 30, Henderson, Colo.
The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn will run for 13
weeks in its regularly scheduled timeslot of 10 p.m. ET on FOX
Sports 1. Each episode’s winners will advance in the
single-elimination tournament, which will culminate in a three-hour
finale, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on
Sunday, July 6.
Many of today’s most recognizable names in the UFC have emerged
from The Ultimate Fighter series, which also produced champions
such as Forrest
Griffin, Rashad Evans
Serra and season winners Michael
Bisping, Ryan Bader and
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more than 40 live events annually that have sold out some of the
biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe. UFC programming is
broadcast in over 145 countries to 800+ million TV households
worldwide in 28 different languages. The UFC has a multi-year
broadcast agreement with FOX in the U.S. which includes four live
events broadcast on the FOX network annually, The Ultimate Fighter®
reality television show and thousands of hours of programming on
FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. In 2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT
PASS™, a digital subscription service with exclusive live events,
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