The Ultimate Fighter season 15 is set to be one of the most exciting seasons yet. For the first time ever, instead of recording the whole season in advance, each fight will be shown live on FX every friday evening (for you lucky chaps in America-land that is). The season will run for 13 weeks, starting on the 9th of March with a 2 and a half hour special, with all 16 live elimination fights on that first episode, then going back to the usual hourly slot.
The coaches this time round will be UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber. These two fellows have clashed fists twice before, with Faber handing Cruz his first and only loss back in 2007, and Cruz taking a unanimous decision win over Faber last summer. The third scrap will be at UFC 148 in July, and if it’s anything like the last one it’s definitely a must see.
Here is the list of the 32 fighters in with a shot of getting into the house. I’ll admit that outside of the few British lads in there, I don’t really know anything about these chaps. But with 16 fights to watch, and every fighter looking to prove themself, I think it’s safe to say we’re in for a treat.
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.