The Ultimate Fighter 17 cast list has been released with over two dozen middleweights set to contend for a shot in the promotion. The cast includes one unnamed fighter that UFC President Dana White had other fighters terrified of facing him. USA Today/MMAJunkie first reported the story earlier today.
The aging reality show will be looking for some rejuvenation for its seventeenth season, with the coaches for the show being UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former middleweight contender Chael Sonnen. The show will also be moving to Tuesday nights, with the show starting January 22 with a two-hour premier episode.
The show will remain on its usual pre-taped format and end early this spring, where the last two middleweights will vie for The Ultimate Fighter 17 crown and a multi-year deal with the company.
Full TUF 17 Cast
- Dylan Andrews (16-4-1), 32, Gold Coast, Australia (by way of New Zealand)
- Kito Andrews (9-2), 34, Sacramento, Calif.
- Luke Barnatt (5-0), 24, Cambridge, England
- Leo Bercier (7-2), 31, Great Falls, Mont.
- Ryan Bigler (9-3), 28, Yona, Guam
- Kevin Casey (5-2), Hawthorne, Calif.
- Adam Cella (4-0), 27, Fenton, Mo.
- Zach Cummings (15-3), 28, Kansas City, Mo.
- Andy Enz (6-1), 21, Anchorage, Alaska
- Nik Fekete (5-1), 32, Las Vegas
- Kelvin Gastelum (5-0), 20, Yuma, Ariz.
- Uriah Hall (7-2), 28, New York City (by way of Jamaica)
- Collin Hart (4-1-1), 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.
- Clint Hester (7-3), 25, Atlanta
- Jake Heun (3-2), 25, Salt Lake City
- Mike Jasper (6-0), 29, Camarillo, Calif.
- Nicholas Kohring (3-0), 22, Valley Springs, Calif.
- Robert “Bubba” McDaniel (20-6), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
- Fraser Opie (10-5), 29, Milton Keynes, England (by way of South Africa)
- Mike Persons (3-0), 28, Manteca, Calif.
- Jimmy Quinlan (3-0), 26, Metheun, Mass.
- Scott Rosa (4-1), 26, Sparks, Nev.
- Joshua Samman (9-2), 24, Tallahassee, Fla.
- Gilbert Smith Jr. (5-1), Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Eldon Sproat (3-1), 27, Molokai, Hawaii
- Tor Troeng (15-4-1), 29, Umea, Sweden
- Eric Wahlin (5-1), 29, Taylorsville, Utah
- Timothy Williams (7-1), 26, Millville, N.J.