The cast of the 22nd edition of The Ultimate Fighter reality series was released on Monday via the UFC, and it will feature 32 lightweights from 11 different countries.
The United States team, which will be coached by veteran Urijah Faber, will feature prospects from the Inland Empire in California to Long Island, New York. The European team, headed up by Irish firebrand Conor McGregor, has 16 fighters from 10 different countries.
TUF 22 will begin airing on Wednesday, Sept. 9 (10pm EST) on FOX Sports 1. The field of 32 will fight to earn a spot in the house. Though Faber and McGregor are coaching opposite one another, they will not fight at the end of the show. McGregor has a fight lined up against longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 194 on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas.
The cast for Team Faber will be Andreas Quintana (Albuquerque, New Mexico, 8-1), Austin Springer (Portland, Oregon, 8-0), Billy Quarantillo (Tampa, Florida, 6-1), Brandon Ricetti (Chico, California, 7-1), Brennan Sevin (Chauvin, Louisiana., 7-1), Chris Gruetzemacher (Peoria, Arizona, 12-1), Jason Soares (Miami, Florida, 8-0), Johnny Nunes (Las Vegas, 5-1), James Jenkins (Long Island, New York, 8-1), Jason Gonzales (Colton, California, 9-2), Julian Erosa (Yakima, Washington, 14-2), Mike Flach (Rancho Cucamonga, California, 7-1), Ryan Hall (Falls Church, Virginia, 4-1), Thankh Le (New Orleans, Louisiana, 4-1), Tim Welch (Glendale, Arizona, 12-5), Tom Gallicchio (Perth Amboy, New Jersey, 19-8).
Team McGregor will feature Artem Lobov (Dublin, Ireland, 11-10-1-1), Abner Lloveras (19-7-1, Barcelona, Spain), David Teymur (Stockholm, Sweden, 3-1), Djamil Chan (Amsterdam, Netherlands, 19-2), Frantz Frank Slioa (Stockholm, Sweden, 4-0), Marcin Wrzosek (Bydgoszcz, Poland, 10-2), Martin Delaney (Bathgate, Scotland, 10-1), Martin Svensson (Malmo, Sweden, 14-5), Mehdi Baghdad (Toulon, France, 11-3), Mohamed Grabinski (Dusseldorf, Germany, 10-1), Paolo Ber (Holland, 10-1-1), Sascha Sharma (Stuttgart, Germany, 8-2), Saul Rogers (Bolton, England, 10-1), Sean Carter (Essex, England, 10-1), Thibault Gouti (Avignon, France, 10-0) and Vladimir Sikic (Frankfurt, Germany, 10-0).