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Full cast announced for 'The Ultimate Fighter 8'

Spike TV revealed today the 32 cast members for the eight season of its UFC reality TV series, "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Mir vs. Team Nogueira," which premieres Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 10pm ET/PT.

UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former champion Frank Mir serve as opposing coaches guiding 8 lightweights and 8 light-heavyweights as the contestants battle through a single-elimination tournament to be crowned the season's division champs.

Sticking with the opening "twist" that began last season, all 32 fighters will compete on the first two episodes (airing Sept. 17 and 24) to narrow the field of fighters down to 16.

The two finalists from each division will battle Saturday, Dec. 13 at the live finale on Spike TV for the six-figure UFC contracts.


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

Fernando Bernstein
Age: 25
MMA Record: 2-0-0
Location: San Clemente, CA

Marcus Brimage
Age: 22
MMA Record: 1-0-0
Location: Birmingham, AL

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: Westside Fight Team
Location: North Little Rock, AR

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

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

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

David Kaplan
Age: 28
MMA Record: 3-1-0
Trains With: Lloyd Irvin Team
Location: Camp Springs, MD

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

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

Shane Nelson
Age: 24
MMA Record: 11-3-0
Trains With: BJ Penn's MMA
Location: Hilo, HI

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

Ido Pariente
Age: 30
MMA Record: 13-4-0
Trains With:
Location: Tel Avis, Israel

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

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

Light Heavyweights

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

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: Ronan Dojo
Location: Lafayette, LA

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

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, IL

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, CA

Tom Lawlor
Age: 24
MMA Record: 4-1
Trains With: American Top Team
Location: Oviedo, FL

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

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

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

Tom Matijacic
Age: 31
MMA Record: 4-0-1
Trains With:
Location: Tigard, OR

Sean O'Connell
Age: 24
MMA Record: 1-0-0
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

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

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

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