Saturday, September 1, 2012

UFC reveals 32-welterweight cast for "The Ultimate Fighter Fridays" on FX

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The field for the new season of The Ultimate Fighter, debuting two weeks from Friday, has been revealed, and the second season on FX will feature 32 welterweights vying for the "six-figure contract" and a featured spot in the UFC as an Ultimate Fighter winner.

The UFC invited more than 60 fighters to try out for the season, paring it down to 32 finalists who fought to get into the house. Coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson will then coach two teams of those fighters heading into a showdown later in the year.

"Carwin and Nelson are two guys who just can't stand each other and Roy and I haven't exactly seen eye to eye either - he's been a nightmare for me to work with on this show with all his stupid BS," said UFC president Dana White in a press release announcing the competitors.

29 of the 32 participants are from the United States, with two from Canada and one final participant from Brazil. The full list is below:

Bristol Marunde, 30, Las Vegas, Nev.
Cameron Diffley, 27, Las Vegas, Nev.
Colton Smith, 25, Fort Hood, Texas via Ankeny, Iowa
Cortez Coleman, 30, Hugo, Okla.
David Michaud, 23, Pine Ridge, S.D.
Diego Bautista, 26, Lakewood, Calif.
Dom Waters, 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Eddy Ellis, 29, Olympia, Wash.,
Frank Camacho, 23, Camp Springs, Md.,
George Lockhart, 29, Atlanta, Ga.
Igor Araujo, 31, Albuquerque, N.M. via Patos De Minas, Brazil
James Chaney, 25, Klamath Falls, Ore.
Jason South, 34, West Jordan, Utah
Jerel Clark, 23, Reno, Nev.
Jesse Barrett, 26, Tempe, Ariz.
Joey Rivera, 32, Tucson, Ariz.
Jon Manley, 26, Ludlow, Mass.
Julian Lane, 25, Mansfield, Ohio
Kevin Nowaczyk, 23, Chicago, Ill.
Leo Kuntz, 28, Bismarck, N.D.
Lev Magen, 25, Las Vegas, Nev.
Matt Secor, 25, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
Max Griffin, 26, Sacramento, Calif.
Michael Hill, 25, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Mike Ricci, 26, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Neil Magny, 24, Chicago, Ill.
Nic Herron-Webb, 22, Anchorage, Alaska
Ricky Legere Jr., 26, Corona, Calif.
Saad Awad, 23, San Bernardino, Calif.
Sam Alvey, 26, Murrieta, Calif.
Tim Ruberg, 30, Harrison, Ohio
Zane Kamaka, 23, Klaianae, Hawaii

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_14260.shtml

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