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FX Announces List of Fighters Vying for 'The Ultimate Fighter' Season 16 Roster Spot

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

FX announced Thursday the names of the fighters looking to become cast members of sixteenth season of 'The Ultimate Fighter'.

As has been customary in recent seasons, 32 fighters have been selected to fight their way into the house. The 16 who win will comprise the upcoming cast. The upcoming season features nothing but welterweights (170 pounds).

The show begins Friday, Sept. 14th, on FX with a two-hour premiere airing at 9 p.m. ET/PT of elimination fights to determine who gets into the TUF house. The show will ultimately air for 13 consecutive weeks on Friday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT with a finale to be held in Las Vegas, Nev. on Dec. 15th.

Former interim UFC heavyweight champion Shane Carwin and season ten winner of 'The Ultimate Fighter' Roy Nelson will serve as coaches.

The full list of 32 fighters vying for the 16 cast member slots are as follows:

Bristol Marunde, 30, Las Vegas, Nev.

Cameron Diffley, 27, Las Vegas, Nev.

Colton Smith, 25, Fort Hood, Texas via Ankeny, Iowa

Cortez Coleman, 30, Hugo, Okla.

David Michaud, 23, Pine Ridge, S.D.

Diego Bautista, 26, Lakewood, Calif.

Dom Waters, 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Eddy Ellis, 29, Olympia, Wash.,

Frank Camacho, 23, Camp Springs, Md.

George Lockhart, 29, Atlanta, Ga.

Igor Araujo, 31, Albuquerque, N.M. via Patos De Minas, Brazil

James Chaney, 25, Klamath Falls, Ore.

Jason South, 34, West Jordan, Utah

Jerel Clark, 23, Reno, Nev.

Jesse Barrett, 26, Tempe, Ariz.

Joey Rivera, 32, Tucson, Ariz.

Jon Manley, 26, Ludlow, Mass.

Julian Lane, 25, Mansfield, Ohio

Kevin Nowaczyk, 23, Chicago, Ill.

Leo Kuntz, 28, Bismarck, N.D.

Lev Magen, 25, Las Vegas, Nev.

Matt Secor, 25, South Glens Falls, N.Y.

Max Griffin, 26, Sacramento, Calif.

Michael Hill, 25, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Mike Ricci, 26, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Neil Magny, 24, Chicago, Ill.

Nic Herron-Webb, 22, Anchorage, Alaska

Ricky Legere Jr., 26, Corona, Calif.

Saad Awad, 23, San Bernardino, Calif.

Sam Alvey, 26, Murrieta, Calif.

Tim Ruberg, 30, Harrison, Ohio

Zane Kamaka, 23, Klaianae, Hawaii

Check out the YouTube playlist below from our friends at MMA Nation with fights from all 32 contestants on this upcoming TUF season. For more of these videos, can subscribe here.

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