With The Ultimate Fighter going back to its taped format, the show began with a bang tonight. 32 fighters were looking to make their path into the house a successful one and only 16 were accepted.
Below are the ones that made it into the house and get to fight for that illustrious UFC contract.
Sam Alvey, 26, Murrieta, Calif.
Bristol Marunde, 30, Las Vegas, Nev.
Mike Ricci, 26, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Neil Magny, 24, Chicago, Ill.
James Chaney, 25, Klamath Falls, Ore.
Eddy Ellis, 29, Olympia, Wash.,
Igor Araujo, 31, Albuquerque, N.M. via Patos De Minas, Brazil
Matt Secor, 25, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
Dom Waters, 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Michael Hill, 25, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Cameron Diffley, 27, Las Vegas, Nev.
Colton Smith, 25, Fort Hood, Texas via Ankeny, Iowa
Jon Manley, 26, Ludlow, Mass.
Nic Herron-Webb, 22, Anchorage, Alaska
Joey Rivera, 32, Tucson, Ariz.
Julian Lane, 25, Mansfield, Ohio
There are plenty of fighters that are looking to make an impact on this season’s TUF. With Carwin and Nelson being coaches I’m sure there will be plenty of back and forth banter between the two.
I’m looking forward to the following:
Will Colton Smith get a talking to about his no glove touch during his fight to get into the house?
How Neil Magney will succeed being from Chicago. Magney has trained with Miguel Torres for many years.
The amount of times Dana White and Roy Nelson will disagree. (I smell a drinking game)
Will we see the mild tempered Shane Carwin show another sign to him that nobody has seen before?
It’s always fun to watch the Coach’s Challenge. It will be interesting to see what the UFC chose this time around for the battle between Carwin and Big Country.
Each week I will have a run-down of the TUF episodes right after the show or the day after. Hopefully, I will have some interviews and other great news from this season’s The Ultimate Fighter.