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Cast Announced For “Ultimate Fighter” Season 8

(Admit it, the camera loves him.)

It’s almost time again for everyone’s favorite MMA-themed reality show, Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter.” A lot of you were disappointed to hear that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir would be coaching this edition, but does that mean you’ll follow through on your empty threats not to watch when the show premieres on September 17?

Season eight is all about the lightweights and light heavyweights, and the official cast was announced today by Sports Illustrated. Yours truly even has an article about what to expect and what to watch for this time around, which you can read and then send me a hateful email about here. As for the cast list, feast your eyes:


Jose Aguilar
Age: 25
MMA Record: 17-3-0
Trains With: Grapplers Edge
Location: Las Cruces, N.M.

Fernando Bernstein
Age: 25
MMA Record: 2-0-0
Trains With: Progressive Martial Arts
Location: San Clemente, Calif.

Junie Allen Browning
Age: 22
MMA Record: 2-0-0
Trains With: Four Seasons Martial Arts
Location: Lexington, Ky.

Rolando Delgado
Age: 26
MMA Record: 7-3-1
Trains With: We$t$ide Fight Team
Location: North Little Rock, Ark.

Joseph Duarte
Age: 24
MMA Record: 3-0-0
Trains With: Unleashed Training Facility/Alliance MMA
Location: San Diego

Charles Diaz
Age: 30
MMA Record: 14-4-0
Trains With: Team EFX
Location: El Cajon, Calif.

Efrain Escudero
Age: 22
MMA Record: 10-0-0
Trains With: Southwest Martial Arts
Location: Tempe, Ariz.

Brandon Garner
Age: 26
MMA Record: 4-1-0
Trains With: Team ROC
Location: Raleigh, N.C.

David Kaplan
Age: 28
MMA Record: 3-1-0
Trains With: Lloyd Irvin Team
Location: Las Cruces, N.M.

Brian McLaughlin
Age: 23
MMA Record: 5-0-0
Trains With: Team Gracie Tampa
Location: Tampa, Fla.

Wesley Murch
Age: 25
MMA Record: 4-2-0
Trains With: Trojan Gym
Location: Bristol, U.K.

Shane Nelson
Age: 24
MMA Record: 11-3-0
Trains With: B.J. Penn’s MMA Academy
Location: Hilo, Hawaii

Phillipe Nover
Age: 24
MMA Record: 5-0-1
Trains With: Team Renzo Gracie
Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ido Pariente
Age: 30
MMA Record: 13-4-0
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

John Polakowski
Age: 26
MMA Record: 3-1-0
Trains With: The Pit
Location: San Luis Obispo, Calif.

George Roop
Age: 26
MMA Record: 7-3-0
Trains With: Ultima MMA
Location: Tucson, Ariz.


Ryan Bader
Age: 24
MMA Record: 7-0-0
Trains With: Arizona Combat Sports
Location: Chandler, Ariz.

Antwain Britt
Age: 29
MMA Record: 4-0-0
Trains With: Bombsquad MMA
Location: Virginia Beach, Va.

Jules Bruchez
Age: 30
MMA Record: 3-2-0
Trains With: Ronin Dojo
Location: Lafayette, La.

Lance Evans
Age: 30
MMA Record: 4-2-0
Trains With: TKO MMA
Location: Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Karen Grigoryan
Age: 26
MMA Record: 5-0-0
Trains With: RusFighters Sport Club
Location: Russia

Jason Guida
Age: 30
MMA Record: 26-13-0
Trains With: Hellhouse Gym
Location: Chicago

Ryan Jimmo
Age: 26
MMA Record: 6-1-0
Trains With: Titans MMA
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Kyle Kingsbury
Age: 26
MMA Record: 7-1-1
Trains With: American Kickboxing Academy
Location: Sunnyvale, Calif.

Tom Lawlor
Age: 24
MMA Record: 6-2-0
Trains With: American Top Team
Location: Oviedo, Fla.

Ryan Lopez
Age: 25
MMA Record: 5-3-0
Location: Oklahoma City

Vinicius Magalhaes
Age: 23
MMA Record: 2-2-0
Trains With: Team Quest
Location: Temecula, Calif.

Eric Magee
Age: 23
MMA Record: 3-1
Trains With: South Shore Sports Fighting
Location: Rockland, Mass.

Eliot Marshall
Age: 27
MMA Record: 5-1-0
Trains With: Eastern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Location: Boulder, Colo.

Sean O’Connell
Age: 24
MMA Record: 1-0-0
Location: Salt Lake City

Shane Primm
Age: 23
MMA Record: 1-0-0
Trains With: Team Gracie Tampa
Location: Tampa, Fla.

Krzysztof Soszynski
Age: 30
MMA Record: 16-8-1
Trains With: Team Quest
Location: Temecula, Calif.

P.S. For those of you who do a little research, you may notice a discrepancy between some of the fighter records provided by the UFC and those put forth by Sherdog’s Fight Finder. If this comes as a surprise to you, we can only assume you’re new to the sport of mixed martial arts. In that case, welcome. Have you heard about Fedor yet?

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brad- October 25, 2008 at 5:01 am
o wait they r cowards so they live behind their computer
brad- October 25, 2008 at 5:01 am
whats up with the anti-semetic comments on here?? didnt know kkk and terrorists types could even type
mike yuen ken paahana- October 10, 2008 at 7:31 pm
mose of these guys r reely sissy gays an only want attention coz they not happy with themselves i meet planty of them an so queer reely
brinita- September 24, 2008 at 6:03 pm
joe- September 24, 2008 at 3:37 am
lol, go israel. more like go back to israel
panda- September 15, 2008 at 12:27 am
efrain escudero is a great wrestler and an outstanding jiu jitsu fighter.....he will win the lw
Gary Gabelhouse- August 21, 2008 at 8:43 pm
I'm excited about seeing my friend Ido Pariente fight. A few years ago Ido came to the USA to train in our dojo (Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan). He spent two years here training and fighting. When he started mma our teacher, John Roseberry and I were Ido's corner men.

He is a fiece competitor and one of the nicest guys I've ever met.

Best Of Luck Ido!
Spoilers- August 19, 2008 at 9:15 am
LOL, I can assure you its not Joe Duarte. Joe Duarte doesn't even make it into the house. Saw that mofo on a bus two days after his tryout...his face was busted up.
Markdog- August 18, 2008 at 8:11 pm
Your killing me smalls!
Clyde- August 18, 2008 at 7:47 pm
I look forward to the show. So... who is this Fedor anyway?
The Truth- August 18, 2008 at 2:02 am
Efrain Escudero is going to SMASH everyone in, homie is sick with it
Me- August 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm
Word up to BIG CHRIS who can recanotice the real Me inside us all! (umm...eewww?)

and for remebering that interview...
BIG CHRIS- August 17, 2008 at 10:09 pm
@Me(The real one)-Yes i remember that interveiw....I think they said he was reffering to The Browining fella with blonde hair....and after comparing the two different fighting styles it was obvious that it was not Joe Duarte.
Me- August 17, 2008 at 8:55 pm
Hey!!! You aren't Me!!! I am Me! Imposter!

Anyways, if you guys remember the Joe Duarte interview he said that he is not the next A. Silva that Dana was talking about, but he knows who is.
mark- August 17, 2008 at 8:11 pm
i'm cool with some minor discrepencies but sherdog has jason guida listed at 17-17 whereas ufc has him at 26-13. Thats huge. he's going from a minorly accomplished fighter to a baroni 500...whats the deal with dat stuff
Me- August 17, 2008 at 7:15 pm
im guessing everybody on here bashing the UFC/Ultimate Fighter, is somebody that didn't get choosen for season 8.
Anonymous- August 17, 2008 at 7:07 pm
Dat mon be Joe Duarte mon, but le's not be givin' 'im too much credit aye? Because really he looks like a fucking dumbass.
Anonymous- August 17, 2008 at 7:01 pm
'Ey mon. You be 'earin who da mon is what Dana White be sayin' is de next Anderson Silva?
Anonymous- August 17, 2008 at 6:57 pm
I pray that savage is given what for!
Anonymous- August 17, 2008 at 6:54 pm
Why that was no other than mysterious, jungle denizen Joe Duarte.
Anonymous- August 17, 2008 at 6:52 pm
Pardon me, gentlemen, but might you articulate to me who the man is that mr. Dana White had insinuated may very well have Mixed Martial Arts skills comparable to those of Anderson Silva?
Anonymous- August 17, 2008 at 6:49 pm
I hope that upstanding, civilized ass muthafucka gets his ass kicked!
Anonymous- August 17, 2008 at 6:47 pm
Joe Duarte sucks!
Anonymous- August 17, 2008 at 6:46 pm
that dude is Joe Duarte, nigga
BIG CHRIS- August 17, 2008 at 6:46 pm
@question-We already answered that you lop....