THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: TEAM ROUSEY VS. TEAM TATE CAST REVEALED
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Las Vegas, Nev. – On Wednesday, Sept. 4, history
will be made as the Ultimate Fighting Championship®’s long-running
reality series, The Ultimate Fighter®, makes its debut on America's
new sports network, FOX Sports 1. UFC women’s bantamweight champion
Rousey and No.1 title contender Miesha Tate
serve as coaches in the first ever season to feature women as
coaches and cast members. The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Rousey vs.
Team Tate kicks off with a two-hour premiere beginning at 10 p.m.
In this 18th edition of the series, 16 men and 16 women
bantamweight (135 lbs.) fighters will face off in the most
challenging sports tournament on television. The premiere episode
will determine the eight men and eight women who will successfully
move into The Ultimate Fighter house and compete for a Harley
Davidson motorcycle and a six-figure contract with the
Catch a series preview here:
The successful fighters will then be divided into two teams,
coached by Rousey and Tate respectively. The series will follow the
teams as they live and train together in preparation for their
fights. The coaches will then face off in the Octagon® for the
women’s bantamweight title on Saturday, Dec. 28, at UFC® 168:
WEIDMAN vs. SILVA at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las
“This season of The Ultimate Fighter was monumental, as we had
women as coaches and competitors – fighting and living together
with the men – for the first time ever,” UFC president Dana White
said. “Obviously the fierce rivalry between Ronda and Miesha is
going to get everyone’s attention, but it doesn’t take away from
their dedication and success as coaches and the level of talent
this season. One of the things that always makes The Ultimate
Fighter great is the fights, and this season continues to deliver.
Since we added the women’s division earlier this year, they’ve been
putting on awesome fights, and the streak continues on the show,
giving the men some serious competition and setting up some
Fight-of-the-Night worthy battles.”
"FOX Sports 1 is now the exclusive home of the UFC. To have a show
that packs this kind of power and gives our viewers a raw,
emotional look into becoming an MMA professional is reality
television at it's best. We can't wait for the September 4th
premiere," said FOX Sports 1 Co-president Eric Shanks.
The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate will anchor FOX
Sports 1’s UFC Wednesday block and run for 13 weeks. 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 Saturday, November 30. Tickets set to
go on sale to the public on October 11.
The list of finalists was trimmed from more than 200 applicants,
with the final fighters hailing from the United States, Canada,
England, Ireland and Sweden. The competitors are, in alphabetical
order (Name, Professional MMA record, Age, Fighting Out Of):
Baszler (15-8), 33, Sioux Fall, S.D.
Berto, (3-1), 24, Winter Haven, Fla.
Duke (2-0, 1NC), 27, Richmond, Ky.
Evinger (11-6), 32, Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Howarth (4-0), 26, Hove, East Essex, ENG
LaRosa (21-3), 35, Albuquerque, N.M.
Letourneau (4-3), 30, La Prairie, CAN
Marshall (4-1), 25, Newport News, Va.
Moras (3-1), 25, Kelowna, CAN
Margaret “Peggy” Morgan (2-0), 33, Nashua, N.H.
Mazany (3-0), 25, Seattle, Wash.
Modafferi (15-10), 30, Yokohama, JPN
Pena (4-2), 24, Spokane, Wash.
Pennington (3-3), 24, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Rakoczy (1-3), 36, Las Vegas, Nev.
Schneider (4-3), 31, Las Vegas, Nev.
Christopher Beal (7-0), 28, Somis, Calif.
Bollinger (14-3), 22, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Fisette (6-1), 23, Winnipeg, CAN
Freitas (6-0-1), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
David Grant (8-1), 27, Bishop Auckland, ENG
Gorman (9-2), 30, West Des Moines, Iowa
Gutierrez (4-0), 22, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Hartsner (4-0), 23, Luberod, SWE
Joshua Hill (9-0), 26, Binbrook, CAN
Holdsworth (4-0), 25, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Holohan (9-0-1), 25, Dublin, IRL
Kakai (9-1), 23, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Martinez (18-4), 28, San Diego, Calif.
Matthew Munsey (4-1), 26, Hollywood, Fla.
Sandmeier (9-0), 30, Knoxville, Iowa
Michael Wootten (6-0), 24, Liverpool, ENG
Many of today’s most recognizable names in the UFC have emerged
from The Ultimate Fighter series, which also produced champions
such as Forrest
Evans and Matt Serra and
season winners Michael
Bisping, Ryan Bader
For more show information, bios, videos and photos, visit
ultimatefighter.com and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter under
our new name @TUFonFS1 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®, moving to FOX Sports 1 in
In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in
over 145 countries, to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide,
in 28 different languages. UFC content is also distributed
commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through
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 nearly 2.4 million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC
businesses include best-selling DVDs and video games, UFC FIT®, an
in-home fitness and nutrition program, an internationally
distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and
video on demand around the world, a new franchise in development
with EA, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club® affinity program, UFC Fan Expo®
festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.
FOX Sports 1 FOX Sports 1 is a new national 24-hour multi-sport
channel launching on August 17 and boasts nearly 5,000 hours of
live event, news and original programming annually. The channel has
eight pillar sports: college basketball and football, MLB (in
2014), NASCAR, NFL (ancillary programs), USGA events including the
U.S. Open (2015), soccer and UFC. College football is highlighted
by regular season coverage of Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA
games, while the college basketball spotlight shines on the Big
East, Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA and the Big East men’s
basketball tournament. Starting in 2014, select MLB League
Championship Series and Division Series games as well as regular
season games are coming to the channel. FOX Sports 1 also carries
select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events beginning in 2015; NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series races; the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race;
and all Speedweeks coverage, including Daytona 500 Qualifying,
Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, (2014, 2017-22) the Budweiser Duel,
and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NCWTS Practice and Qualifying
sessions. Additionally, FOX Sports 1 carries NASCAR RACEDAY, NASCAR
VICTORY LANE and RACE HUB shows. The channel also carries the
world’s most prolific club soccer competitions, like UEFA Champions
League, UEFA Europa League and CONCACAF Champions League, along
with the world’s oldest soccer competition, the FA Cup; plus
CONCACAF Gold Cup; CONCACAF Qualifiers, EURO 2016 Qualifiers; 2018
FIFA World Cup Qualifiers; FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019;
FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2018 and 2022. In addition to Saturday
pay-per-view preliminary cards, Wednesday nights are home to the
UFC with UFC TONIGHT, live events and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. In Feb.
2014, FOX Sports 1 partners with The Jockey Club for newly created
package of nationally televised races featuring the leading horses
in the country. FOX SPORTS LIVE is FOX Sports 1’s flagship 24/7
news, opinion and highlights program, providing around the clock
coverage through regularly scheduled programs, hourly updates and
an information rich ticker. Original programs include: FOX FOOTBALL
DAILY, CROWD GOES WILD, a new live sports entertainment talk show
hosted by Regis Philbin; and the groundbreaking BEING: documentary
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