TUF 18 Cast Revealed
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNWwHeXL570&w=853&h=480]The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs Team Tate will make history when it airs on September 4, 2013 on TUF's new home Fox Sports at 10 p.m. ET. In it's 18th season, The Ultimate Fighter will make it's first foray into incorporating women's MMA into the show's format. This season will kick off with 16 men and 16 women who will fight for their spots in the house and then be split into teams coached by rivals Ronda Rousey and Meisha Tate.
The coaches will meet in a rematch on the UFC's always popular New Year's card taking place on December 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The bout will be the co-main event for UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva.
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.
Shayna Baszler (15-8), 33, Sioux Fall, S.D. Revelina Berto, (3-1), 24, Winter Haven, Fla. Jessamyn Duke (2-0, 1NC), 27, Richmond, Ky. Tonya Evinger (11-6), 32, Lake St. Louis, Mo. Laura Howarth (4-0), 26, Hove, East Essex, ENG Tara LaRosa (21-3), 35, Albuquerque, N.M. Valerie Letourneau (4-3), 30, La Prairie, CAN Bethany Marshall (4-1), 25, Newport News, Va. Sarah Moras (3-1), 25, Kelowna, CAN Margaret "Peggy" Morgan (2-0), 33, Nashua, N.H. Gina Mazany (3-0), 25, Seattle, Wash. Roxanne Modafferi (15-10), 30, Yokohama, JPN Julianna Pena (4-2), 24, Spokane, Wash. Raquel Pennington (3-3), 24, Colorado Springs, Colo. Jessica Rakoczy (1-3), 36, Las Vegas, Nev. Colleen Schneider (4-3), 31, Las Vegas, Nev.
Christopher Beal (7-0), 28, Somis, Calif. Cody Bollinger (14-3), 22, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Louis Fisette (6-1), 23, Winnipeg, CAN Rafael Freitas (6-0-1), 29, Albuquerque, N.M. David Grant (8-1), 27, Bishop Auckland, ENG Tim Gorman (9-2), 30, West Des Moines, Iowa Anthony Gutierrez (4-0), 22, Lee's Summit, Mo. Emil Hartsner (4-0), 23, Luberod, SWE Joshua Hill (9-0), 26, Binbrook, CAN Chris Holdsworth (4-0), 25, Woodland Hills, Calif. Patrick Holohan (9-0-1), 25, Dublin, IRL Sirwan Kakai (9-1), 23, Coconut Creek, Fla. Daniel Martinez (18-4), 28, San Diego, Calif. Matthew Munsey (4-1), 26, Hollywood, Fla. Lee Sandmeier (9-0), 30, Knoxville, Iowa Michael Wootten (6-0), 24, Liverpool, ENG