- 28 FIGHTERS FORM INTERNATIONAL CAST FOR TUF 12

August 3, 2010
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by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The 12th season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” will feature 28 up-and-coming mixed martial artists in the lightweight division (155 pounds) competing for a six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

From Broken Arrow, Okla., to Los Angeles, Calif., to Manchester, England, the 28 fighters, with a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, have all gathered in Las Vegas with one goal – to become the next “Ultimate Fighter.”

As in prior seasons, 14 of these competitors will win a preliminary bout to gain a place in “The Ultimate Fighter” house, one step closer to their ultimate goal, whereas the losers of these bouts are sent home.

Two of mixed martial arts’ biggest stars – UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, and the number one contender to his belt, Josh Koscheck, will serve as coaches this season. The two will square off as coaches during the 12-week run of the show, and will later meet inside the Octagon with the welterweight title on the line at a UFC pay-per-view event.

The new season premieres Sept. 15 at 10:00 PM ET/PT featuring the following cast members:

JASON AMBROSE:
Fighting out of: Santa Clara, CA/ AKA
Record: 12-2
Age: 23

PAUL BARROW:
Fighting out of: Tampa, FL/ Gracie Tampa
Record: 2-0
Age: 24

JASON BRENTON:
Fighting out of: Grand Junction, CO/ 8th St., Impact Boxing
Record: 6-0
Age: 23

JONATHAN BROOKINS:
Fighting out of: Orlando, FL/ Gracie Barra Orlando
Record: 11-2
Age: 24

MIKE BUDNIK:
Fighting out of: Broken Arrow, OK/ Triton
Record: 8-4
Age: 35

ALEX CACERES:
Fighting out of: Miami, FL/ Young Tigers Foundation
Record: 4-2
Age: 21

SAKO CHIVITCHIAN:
Fighting out of: Glendale, CA/ Gokor/ Gene Le Bell/ Hayastan MMA
Record: 5-0
Age: 26

JOSEPH DUFFY
Fighting out of: Donegal, Ireland / Falcons Martial Arts
Record: 7-0
Age: 22

PABLO GARZA:
Fighting out of: Fargo, ND/ Academy of Combat Arts
Record: 7-0
Age: 26

TOBY GREAR:
Fighting out of: Los Angeles, CA/ True Warrior
Record: 7-4-1
Age: 30

DANIEL HEAD:
Fighting out of: Sharpsville, IN/ Ibjja
Record: 6-2
Age: 23

MICHAEL JOHNSON:
Fighting out of: Springfield, MO/ Springfield Fight Club
Record: 8-4
Age: 23

AMIR KHILLAH:
Fighting out of: Kalamazoo, MI/ Jeremy Horn’s Elite
Record: 6-4
Age: 30

JEFF LENTZ:
Fighting out of: Lanoka Harbor, NJ/ Kurt Pellegrino MMA
Record: 6-1
Age: 21

SEVAK MAGAKIAN:
Fighting out of: Glendale, CA/ Hayastan MMA/ Main Event
Record: 8-3
Age: 24

STEVE MAGDALENO:
Fighting out of: Torrance, CA/ VMAT
Record: 5-1
Age: 28

ANDY MAIN:
Fighting out of: Boonton, NJ/ AMA Fight Club
Record: 4-1
Age: 21

CODY MCKENZIE:
Fighting out of: Metaline, WA/ Fancy Pants Fight Team
Record: 10-0
Age: 22

TJ O’BRIEN:
Fighting out of: Prole, IA/ Round Kick
Record: 13-3
Age: 23

SPENCER PAIGE:
Fighting out of: Watertown, NY/ CNY MMA
Record: 5-2
Age: 24

NAM PHAN:
Fighting out of: Garden Grove, CA/ Ma Du Academy
Record: 15-7
Age: 27

MICHAEL RICHMAN:
Fighting out of: Rosemount, MN/ MN Fight Factory
Record: 8-0
Age: 24

DANE SAYERS:
Fighting out of: Fargo, ND/ Academy of Combat Arts
Record: 7-1
Age: 22

ARIEL SEXTON:
Fighting out of: San Jose, CA/ Renzo Gracie
Record: 6-3
Age: 28

MARC STEVENS:
Fighting out of: Lorraine, NY/ Team Balance/ Relson Gracie
Record: 12-5
Age: 24

KYLE WATSON:
Fighting out of: St. Louis, MO/ The Hit Squad
Record: 13-6-1
Age: 30

RAN WEATHERS:
Fighting out of: Albuquerque, NM/ Greg Jackson’s MMA
Record: 13-5
Age: 28

AARON WILKINSON:
Fighting out of: Manchester, England/ Wolfslair MMA Academy
Record: 6-3
Age: 23

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