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32 TUF 15 Finalists Revealed for Inaugural FX Season


(Video courtesy of YouTube/UFC)

The UFC announced the full roster for the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX. Included in the 32-man lightweight and middleweight season, which features UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber as coaches, are fighters from the U.S. UK, Ireland and Brazil.

“We’re producing ground-breaking television with The Ultimate Fighter Live and we can’t wait to kick this season off with FX. It’s going to be can’t-miss TV,” UFC president Dana White said of the upcoming season. “Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber are two amazing guys who also happen to be two of the best fighters in the world. They genuinely dislike each other and I expect this to make for the best season yet.”

Season 15 of TUF will run for 13-consecutive weeks and will feature live fights every show, including 16 qualifying bouts in the two-and-a-half-hour-episode on Friday, March 9 at 9:00 pm ET.

The championship bout will air live on June 1 during the three-hour finale on FX.

A second season of the show for the year will air this summer on the Fox-owned network.

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TUF 15′s lightweight and middleweight competitors are:

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.

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ArmFarmer- February 28, 2012 at 6:28 am
Wouldn't the "tuf 15 finalists" be the two pairs of guys that are fighting for the contract at the end of the show? At first I thought I'd missed an entire season of tuf without realizing it.
CrushCo- February 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm
Did I, Mike? DID I??? (Yes, I did).
KarmaAteMyCat- February 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm
WAAR! Joe Proctor, though I do not know Joe that well he is a crazy nice guy with serious skills. I'll take Joe Proctor for the win!
skeletor- February 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm
@Cronk, you are correct about James Kraus also watch out for Justin Lawrence
Mike Russell- February 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm
Chris, you forgot to add the *no homo* at the end.
CrushCo- February 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm
I'm really glad to see Dakota get another shot.
Cronk- February 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm
I'm really glad to see Myles Jury get another shot. Also, I think James Krouse is from Missouri, not Michigan.
Sloppyspray- February 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm
I really hope Mr. Pornmma.com will go up against Mr. Pfister! (GET PFISTED!!!)
Fried Taco- February 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm
Does Dana know about his porn past?
The12ozCurls- February 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm
Well done with the "evolution" angle on the clip but that chimp would fuck all those dudes up.
WarpedAcorn- February 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm
Honestly...I like this intro way more than that "Evolution" they spend all that green on to replace Mr. Gladiator.
omunto- February 27, 2012 at 1:05 pm
I'm rooting for that guy from Nebraska. The one CP is calling: http://www.pornmma.com/2012/02/ultimate-fighter-15-cast-member-dakota.html, Omaha, Neb.
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