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(Careful, Shaq, that’s no cardboard cutout. Image courtesy of The Baltimore Sun.)

We’d take this with a grain of salt until the UFC makes an official announcement, but the usually-accurate U.K. paper The Sun says it has the names of all 16 castmembers for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. (Props to TheGarv for the tip.) Unfortunately, there are no more shocking additions — no Lashleys, no Petruzellis, no Quinns — just the usual gang of up-and-comers trying to make a name for themselves. We already knew that Kimbo Slice, Roy Nelson, Wes Sims, Marcus Jones, Brendan Schaub, Matt Mitrione, and Wes Shivers scored bunks in the TUF house. So who else is gonna be hunting for that six figure contract? Here’s the lowdown:

JIM YORK: "Nicknamed ‘Big,’ York shares one thing in common with Kimbo — he too has beaten Britain’s James Thompson. The 33-year-old New Zealander emerged victorious from their Sengoku 7 clash after KO’ing the Englishman in the opening round of their bout in March."

JUSTIN WREN: "At 22 years old, The Viking is the youngest contestant in the new series. He has a 6-1 MMA record and trains with UFC star Travis Lutter‘s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team."

MIKE WESSEL: "The Ohio native has already fought in the UFC, losing to Antoni Hardonk via TKO at UFC 92 in the second round. However, it should be noted that Wessel only took that fight on a week’s notice, and UFC president Dana White was impressed enough to offer him a four-fight deal and place on season ten of TUF for his efforts."

SCOTT JUNK: "Another fighter with previous UFC experience. The 30-year-old lost via heel hook in the opening round of his UFC 72 bout against Hungarian Christian Wellisch in September 2007." [Ed. note: Junk may give Roy Nelson a run for his money as the fattest guy on TUF 10. Photographic evidence here.]

ZAK JENSEN: "Boasts a 7-3 MMA record and is noted for his strong wrestling ability. Has suffered defeats to fellow TUF alumni Brad Imes and Mike Whitehead."

DARRILL SCHOONOVER: "An impressive 10-0 MMA record sets the big Texan apart from the rest of the cast. The 23-year-old is an early favourite to win the series and UFC contract." [Ed. note: His record is impressive, but his listed weight is 218 pounds, which could put him at a big disadvantage against some of the 265+ pound behemoths on the show.]

JON MADSEN: "Part of legendary UFC welterweight Matt Hughes‘ stable but only has one MMA fight to his name — a KO win over Cody Griffen earlier this month." [Ed. note: According to, he fought Griffen in May 2008.]

TOM BLACKLEDGE: "British MMA enthusiasts may already be familiar with Blackledge — he fights out of the Wolfslair in Widnes. He will be hoping to repeat the success of teammate Michael Bisping by winning TUF, but his 8-6 record suggests the odds may be against him." [Ed. note: Plus, he's another guy who should probably be fighting at light-heavyweight.]

ABE WAGNER: "Big Nebraskan holds a 6-2 professional MMA record and could be the surprise package of this season."

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agentsmith- June 17, 2009 at 11:25 am
Who's the homeless guy talking to Shaq?
Pesticles- June 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm
I've been noticing on schoonover's record how he kept on piling the wins. Just kept on wondering when he would try to go for TUF cause i believe he could take it even though giving a weight advantage. Can't wait!!
AliveMMA- June 16, 2009 at 5:50 pm
The only reason you DON'T have to win to get on the show this time is b/c Dana pasty white knows kimbo would lose right off the bat, and get kicked out, then NOBODY would watch. It's sad he has to change the show just to ensure Kimbo "impetigo" Slice gets on.
AliveMMA- June 16, 2009 at 5:48 pm
War Shaq OWNING Kimbo with a Seth Petrezelli-esque jab. Just ask Bas Rutten, Kimbo is the next Tim "over the hill" Silvia getting knocked out by over the hill boxers in mma.
Dmonicideals- June 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm
Big Country vs. The Sliceman in the finals.

Big Country by 4 sec. KO.
Emo Sux- June 16, 2009 at 1:56 pm
I am anti-Sherdog, and when I clicked on the link of Scott Junk being all fat and beating some dude up, it took me to Sherdog.

Thats like telling a straight edge emo fag kid who is a sucker for Kool-Aid to try some punch that you secretly spiked with Vodka....

PS.... Not Cool Dude
ScrambledEggs- June 16, 2009 at 11:26 am
I'm just hoping to see a Wes Sims vs. Kimbo Slice fight.
I don't care if it's the first fight or the last I just hope those two get matched up.
And if I Big Country Roy Nelson doesn't at least make it to the TUF Finale I'll be shocked.
He should win it but you never know.
dude- June 16, 2009 at 11:20 am
LOL @ 'Surfin Dave's comment
Surfin Dave- June 16, 2009 at 10:04 am
Shaq's laughing because he just put one of his condoms on Kimbo's head.
Dojima- June 16, 2009 at 8:53 am
sweet... that lineup sounds like we will be gauranteed at least 90 seconds of action in the fights before each of the over-weight fatties stagger around in exhaustion and rub their bellies together like some mating sea lions... Dana should at least make sure these bastards can run a mile before they get their ass on the show and fight, which sadly doesnt happen even for the small guys...
SiDeBuRnZ- June 16, 2009 at 8:43 am
no kobe in the line-up?
Levi Jones- June 16, 2009 at 8:30 am
I could have told you Seth wasn't going to be in there. The day I found out Kimbo was on the show, I sent a myspace message to his gym and asked if he would be training there that night. Obviously, he couldn't be training at his home gym and the TUF house at the same time.
Titos Head- June 16, 2009 at 8:24 am
looks like kimbo's beard is dripping ArmorAll on his shirt again
BM2- June 16, 2009 at 7:55 am
Interesting to see Big Jim York in there. I guess he wasn't supposed to win against JT.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- June 16, 2009 at 7:49 am
Damn it....

I thought for sure Dana would throw Petruzelli in there.

Oh well...I'm used to being wrong. I thought Silva would beat Franklin.