With the next season of the Ultimate Fighter rapidly approaching, it’s time for the cast to be announced. Fans and pundits alike will spend the next few months dissecting and trying to pick out who is the front runner for the new season. The following is a list of all of the competitors that will fight on the next season of the long running reality program.
The TUF 17 competitors are:
Dylan Andrews (16-4-1), 32, Gold Coast, AUS
Hito Andrews (9-2), 34, Sacramento, Calif.
Luke Barnatt (5-0), 24, Cambridge, ENG
Leo Bercier (7-2), 31, Great Falls, Montana
Ryan Lee Q. Bigler (9-3), 28, Guam
Kevin Casey (5-2), 31, 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 Fehete (5-1), 32, Las Vegas, Nev.
Kelvin Gastelum (5-0), 20, Yuma, Ariz.
Uriah Hall (7-2), 28, New York City, N.Y.
Collin Hart (4-1-1), 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Clint Hester (7-3), 24, Atlanta, Ga.
Jake Heun (3-2), 25, Salt Lake City, Utah
Nicholas Hohring (3-0), 22, Valley Springs, Calif.
Mike Jaspar (6-0), 29, Camarillo, Calif.
Bubba McDaniel (20-6), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
Frasier Opie (10-5), 25, Milton Keynes, ENG:
Frederick Persons (3-0), 28, Stockton, Calif.
Jimmy Quinlan (3-0), 26, Metheun, Mass.
Scott Rosa (4-1), 27, Sparks, Nev.
Josh Samman (9-2), 24, Tallahassee, Fla.
Gilbert Smith (5-1), 30, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Eldon Sproat (3-1), 27, Molohai, Hawaii
Tor Troeng (15-4-1), 29, Umea, SWE
Eric Wahlin (5-1), 29, Taylorsville, Utah
Timothy Williams (7-1), 26, Millville, N.J.
The new season will be contested at middleweight, and there are a few changes in store. While now everyone knows that the show will move to Tuesdays, many of the fans may not know that the fighters were allowed to bring family and friends to the opening round. So, it may put even more pressure on the fighters to compete when wives, mothers, and siblings are watching.
Just based on experience, you have only four fighters over 15 or more wins, but those are not always the best pick to win the show. The last two seasons have been won by relative unknowns. California has a strong presence, with five fighters from the Golden State. The season will also have some international flavor with Tor Troeng from Sweden, Fraiser Ope from England, Ryan Lee Bigler from Guam, Luke Barnett from England, and Dylan Andrews from Australia. The season seems to be wide open, but the real question is who is the fighter that Dana White raves has everyone on this season scared during the promos.