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Official Cast Members for “The Ultimate Fighter 16″ Unveiled

Written on August 30, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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"The Ultimate Fighter 16" features heavyweight contenders Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson as head coaches.

officials have introduced the cast members of the latest season of their reality show, “″.

″ showcases 32 fighers that are composed of Twenty-nine Americans, two Canadians and a Brazilian – ranging from ages 22 to 34. The list includes big-show veteran fighters like Bellator veteran Sam Alvey, onetime Strikeforce fighter Cortez Coleman, IFL vet Bristol Marunde, Strikeforce fighter Ricky Legere Jr., M-1 vet and former Bellator/Strikeforce fighter Saad Awad.

The show which is also dubbed as “TUF Fridays” showcases heavyweight contenders Shane Carwin and as head coaches.

The series is set to make a debut on September 14 with a two-hour episode on FX at 9 p.m. ET/PT. While the next pre-taped episodes will be aired on 13 consecutive Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

An elimination will cut off the list of fighters from 32 to 16. Fighters will be then divided into two teams to compete for the single-elimination tournament. This season won’t feature wild-card/second-chance opportunities aside from injury-replacement possibilities.

The show’s finale will be held in Las Vegas on December 15.

Here is the official list of “TUF 16″ cast members:

Sam Alvey (19-4), 26, Murrieta, Calif.
Igor Araujo (22-6), 31, Albuquerque, N.M. (via Patos De Minas, Brazil)
Saad Awad (11-4), 23, San Bernardino, Calif.
Jesse Barrett (8-0), 26, Tempe, Ariz.
Diego Bautista (7-1), 26, Lakewood, Calif.
Frank Camacho (10-2), 23, Camp Springs, Md.
James Chaney (7-2), 25, Klamath Falls, Ore.
Jerel Clark (5-1), 23, Reno, Nev.
Cortez Coleman (8-3), 30, Hugo, Okla.
Cameron Diffley (3-0), 27, Las Vegas, Nev.
Eddy Ellis (17-15-1), 29, Olympia, Wash.
Max Griffin (4-1), 26, Sacramento, Calif.
Nic Herron-Webb (11-3), 22, Anchorage, Alaska
Michael Hill (4-0), 25, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Zane Kamaka (4-0), 23, Klaianae, Hawaii
Leo Kuntz (14-1-1), 28, Bismarck, N.D.
Julian Lane (4-0), 25, Mansfield, Ohio
Ricky Legere Jr. (14-4), 26, Corona, Calif.
George Lockhart (10-4), 29, Atlanta, Ga.
Lev Magen (4-0), 25, Las Vegas, Nev.
Neil Magny (7-1), 24, Chicago, Ill.
Jon Manley (7-1), 26, Ludlow, Mass.
Bristol Marunde (12-7), 30, Las Vegas, Nev.
David Michaud (4-0), 23, Pine Ridge, S.D.
Kevin Nowaczyk (11-2), 23, Chicago, Ill.
Joey Rivera (7-1), 32, Tucson, Ariz.
Mike Ricci (7-2), 26, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Tim Ruberg (9-1), 30, Harrison, Ohio
Matt Secor (1-1), 25, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
Colton Smith (3-1), 25, Fort Hood, Texas via Ankeny, Iowa
Jason South (8-0), 34, West Jordan, Utah
Dom Waters (4-1), 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.

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