The Ultimate Fighter 20 Cast Revealed!
The inaugural women’s 115-pound division champion will be crowned
The first all-female season of The Ultimate Fighter® will premiere on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, September 10 at 10 p.m. ET
Las Vegas, Nev. – For the first time in history, the new season of The Ultimate Fighter® will feature an all-female cast and will have a UFC® championship title on the line. The storied reality series will feature a women’s 115-pound tournament to determine the first ever UFC® women’s strawweight champion. UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and No. 2-ranked lightweight contender, Gilbert Melendez, will serve as coaches and meet in a championship showdown of their own at the conclusion of the season.
The Ultimate Fighter®: A Champion Will Be Crowned kicks off with a two-hour premiere Wednesday, September 10, at 10 p.m. ET.
The top 115-pound females on the planet will compete over the course of the season for the honor of being the promotion’s second female champion, alongside bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Ronda Rousey. Amongst the cast are two former Invicta FC champions, a former International Kickboxing Federation women’s bantamweight, a United States kickboxing champion, an astrophysicist and a former professional ice hockey player.
In line with previous seasons, the women will be divided into two teams, coached by Pettis and Melendez respectively. The series will follow the teams as they live and train together in preparation for their fights. The culmination of the season will see the two semifinalists meet at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in late 2014, where the inaugural champion will be crowned.
The list of competitors includes fighters hailing from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, United States and Tasmania. The competitors are listed in alphabetical order (Name, Professional MMA record, Age, Hometown):
Joanne Calderwood (8-0), 27, Glasgow, Scotland Alex Chambers (4-1), 35, Sydney, Australia
Heather Jo Clark (6-4), 34, Los Angeles, Calif. Aisling Daly (14-3), 26, Dublin, Ireland
Lisa Ellis (15-8), 31, Olympia, Wash. Carla Esparza (9-2), 26, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Felice Herrig (9-5), 29, Crystal Lake, Ill. Angela Hill (1-0), 29, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Emily Kagan (3-1), 32, Bangor, Maine Justine Kish (4-0), 26, Cramerton, N.C.
Angela Magana (11-6), 30, Farmington, N.M. Randa Markos (4-1), 28, Windsor, Canada
Rose Namajunas (2-1), 22, Milwaukee, Wis. Jessica Penne (11-2), 31, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Bec Rawlings (5-3), 25, Launceston, Tasmania Tecia Torres (4-0), 24, Fall River, Mass.
Many of today’s most recognizable names in the UFC have emerged from The Ultimate Fighter series, which produced season winners Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader and John Dodson and UFC champions such as Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra and TJ Dillashaw.
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