UFC officials Wednesday released the names of the 28
middleweights who will compete on “The Ultimate Fighter” Season
“The quality of guys we have this season in unbelievable,” UFC
President Dana White stated in a release. “From the fights to get
into the house, to every single fight this season, I think the
talent is some of the best I’ve ever seen on this show. We’re going
to end up with some really good guys in the 185-pound
While most of the cast is made up of American talent, the series
will also showcase a handful of international fighters, with seven
of the middleweights entering the competition sporting undefeated
records. The season kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 22, on FX and will star
reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones and
former two-time middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen
as coaches. The premiere will feature 14 fights from the
competition’s elimination round, cutting the tournament field in
half while deciding who gains access to the infamous “TUF”
The move to Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET marks a change for “TUF” on the
FX network, as the Fox-owned cable outlet previously aired two
seasons of the reality show on Friday nights at 7 p.m. ET. Colton
Smith became the show’s most recent winner by outpointing
fellow welterweight Mike Ricci at
the “TUF 16” finale on Dec. 15.
Launched in 2005 on Spike TV, “TUF” has introduced some of the
UFC’s best-known talents, including Chris Leben,
Bisping and Forrest
Griffin. The show ran for 14 seasons on Spike until the UFC’s
broadcast agreement with the Viacom-owned network expired,
prompting the organization to sign a seven-year deal with Fox and
move the series to FX in 2012.
‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Season 17 Cast
Andrews (16-4-1), 32, Gold Coast, Australia
Heun (3-2), 25, Salt Lake City, Utah
Andrews (9-2), 34, Sacramento, Calif.
Hohring (3-0), 22, Valley Springs, Calif.
Barnatt (5-0), 24, Cambridge, England
Jasper (6-0), 29, Camarillo, Calif.
Bercier (7-2), 31, Great Falls, Mont.
McDaniel (20-6), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
Q. Bigler (9-3), 28, Guam
Opie (10-5), 25, Milton Keynes, England
Casey (5-2), 31, Hawthorne, Calif.
Persons (3-0), 28, Stockton, Calif.
Cella (4-0), 27, Fenton, Mo.
Quinlan (3-0), 26, Metheun, Mass.
Cummings (15-3), 28, Kansas City, Mo.
Rosa (4-1), 27, Sparks, Nev.
Enz, (6-1), 21, Anchorage, Ala.
Samman (9-2), 24, Tallahassee, Fla.
Fekete (5-1), 32, Las Vegas, Nev.
Smith (5-1), 30, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Gastelum (5-0), 20, Yuma, Ariz.
Sproat (3-1), 27, Molohai, Hawaii
Hall (7-2), 28, New York City, N.Y.
Troeng (15-4-1), 29, Umea, Sweden
Hart (4-1-1), 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Wahlin (5-1), 29, Taylorsville, Utah
Hester (7-3), 24, Atlanta, Ga.
Williams (7-1), 26, Millville, N.J.