The Ultimate Fighter Latin America Cast Revealed

May 20, 2014
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TUFLatinAmericaCastThe Ultimate Fighting Championship revealed the cast of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America on Tuesday. The reality series will screen exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS for US subscribers.

Filming is already underway in Las Vegas, with UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez leading a Mexican team against No.1 contender Fabricio Werdum’s squad of fighters from across Latin American. The season is scheduled to premiere on UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital subscription service, in August with new episodes uploaded weekly.

“I’ve been waiting 15 years for this,” said UFC President Dana White. “Passion for fighting is unrivaled in Latin America. It’s part of their history and their culture. There’s a lot of potential in this season’s cast and I know they’re going to bring it every fight. Adding a little extra rivalry – pitting Mexico versus the rest of Latin America – doesn’t hurt either.”

Fans from the following countries will be able to catch the season on their respective free to air networks: Argentina: CN5, Bolivia: Red Uno, Mexico: Channel.5, Nicaragua: Channel 13, Panama: NexTV, Paraguay: Telefuturo and Uruguay: Channel 10. The season will premiere on these Networks the week of August 18, though dates and weekly episodes will vary per country. Viewers should check their local listings for further information.

More networks will be confirmed prior to the series premiere and, additionally, subscribers to the UFC Network in Latin America will also get the chance to catch replays and watch exclusive content.

In the first Latin American edition of the series, the 27th edition overall, the eight bantamweight (135 lbs) and eight featherweight (155 lbs) fighters have been divided into two teams – Team Mexico, coached by Velasquez – and Team Latin America, coached by Werdum. Over the course of 12 weeks, they will face off in the most challenging sports tournament on television and compete for a six-figure contract with the UFC.

The coaches will then face off in the famed UFC Octagon for the heavyweight championship of the world on Saturday, November 15 at UFC 180: Velasquez vs. Werdum at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City.

The list of finalists was trimmed from more than 600 applicants, with the final fighters hailing from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.

TEAM VELASQUEZ  TEAM WERDUM
Bantamweight Bantamweight
Marco Beltran (5-2), 27, Morelia, Mexico Guido Cannetti (5-1), 34, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Henry Briones (13-4), 33, Tijuana, Mexico Fredy Serrano (1-0), 34, Bogota, Colombia
Alejandro Dominguez (22-6), Tlatenango, Mexico Bentley Syler (5-0), 31, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Jose Quinonez (10-1), 23, Tlatenango, Mexico Marlon Vera (5-1), 22, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Featherweight Featherweight
Gabriel Benitez (16-4), 25, Tijuana, Mexico Humberto Brown (4-4), 29, Panama City, Panama
Masio Fullen (6-4), 27, Guadalajara, Mexico Leonardo Morales (4-0), 21, Managua, Nicaragua
Yair Rodriguez (2-1), 22, Parral, Mexico Diego Rivas (5-0), 22, Temuco, Chile
Rodolfo Rubio (12-6), 27, DF, Mexico Alex Torres (1-1), 25, Bogota, Colombia

The Ultimate Fighter has launched the careers of more than 100 UFC fighters and produced UFC champions such as Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans and Matt Serra and season winners including Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader and Nate Diaz. Mexico-born Efrain Escudero captured the season eight lightweight title, while Mexican-American Diego Sanchez was the first ever winner of the franchise, defeating Kenny Florian, a fighter of Peruvian descent, at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale in 2005. Other Mexican Americans to follow in his stead include, Tony Ferguson, season 13 winner,Kelvin Gastelum, winner of season 17 and the first ever female winner of the series, Juliana Pena, winner of season 18.

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  • Ermannoc

    Juliana Peña is Venezuelan-American, not Mexican-American.

    • Gary Fredericks

      Why not just call them all Spanish?

      • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

        cauz spanish is the language, not the passport.
        “Latinamericans” is a bit more correct

        • Gary Fredericks

          Most Mexicans originally spoke Nahuatl before Cortez and his killers came ashore and forever changed who these people were, and since we are on the subject, not all of the countries represented on this show speak Spanish….some speak bastardized Portuguese for similar reasons.

          • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

            right, but at the time there weren’t Mexico, Brazil or any other nation like we know ‘em now

          • Gary Fredericks

            Correct, but the majority have heavy Spanish influenced cultural links to become who they are today, much like Fillipino people.

          • Da Silva Joaquim

            sorry but i’d like to say one thing, latina america means “countries of latin languages (Portuguese , Castiliano/spanish and French ) in the american continent” so you can’t say “Spanish”, you can say Hispanic, because they are all (exepte werdum because he his from a lusophone country) from Hispanic countries, or you can also say Latinos ( and this time it goes for everione even werdum, latinos= people from a latino country = latin america and latin european). And i would like to add that in Brazil they don’t speak a bastardized Portuguese but Portugues norma brasileira. Saying that they speak a bastardise portuguese is the same as saying that americans speak a bastardise english.

          • Gary Fredericks

            I forgot about Brazil…they do speak a muddied up Portuguese. Americans, Australians, and several other nations speak bastardized English….no problem, it is what it is and nothing to hide there. BUT….Portuguese norma Brasileira IS indeed bastardized Portuguese. In 2009 Brazil and Portugal agreed to standardize their spellings and pronunciations for education reasons. Although that has happened, you cannot change what is there for those brought up before that agreement. Here in the USA, you can go into any ghetto and get a completely different chopped up and ridiculously lazy version of English. They call it Ebonics.

      • shakejunt

        because that’s called ignorance.

        • Gary Fredericks

          Spanish meaning “of Spain”. Sorry you cannot wrap your head around my simple comment. Ever wonder why Latin American’s predominantly speak Spanish and have Spanish last names??? Spain whipped, raped, pillaged, and beaten Latin America into submission, to the point they speak their language, follow their religion, and other shared cultural traits. They have eradicated and stolen nearly every bit of who they were culturally. The Non-Spanish natives are really small minority’s and tribes in specific areas nowadays, and even some of them actually have to rely on archaeological and historical record to hold onto their culture. Maybe if I used the ignorant term “Brown Pride” you would understand as it is a more simple (and ignorant) description. Dana White and the Fertitas are only interested in the hard earned Peso’s of the region….much like the Conquistadors.

          • shakejunt

            didn’t read your essay, but they’re still not spanish. they’re hispanic/latino

          • Gary Fredericks

            Not suprising, you didn’t even read the article! LOL

          • shakejunt

            the article doesn’t mention the word spanish or spain…

          • Gary Fredericks

            You don’t say? Maybe because I did in the opinion section, which is an intended use of having one.

            Put the blunt down please and go take your Ritalin. LOL

          • shakejunt

            LOL lolLOLOLO lol

            still don’t get it…

            your opinion is still ignorant. colloquially, they can be called spanish, but that’s not proper terminology. you’re not gonna prove a point based on opinion…

        • Gary Fredericks

          Ignorance is admitting that you didn’t read an article you commented on and getting your knickers in a bunch over a comment by someone that did.

          • shakejunt

            they’re still not spanish.

      • Rosco

        People from Spain are Spanish

        • Gary Fredericks

          EXACTLY my point. The Latino people are culturally Spanish. Most speak their language (Spanish), still follow their religion (Catholic), and have been raped and pillaged to the point of lost cultural identity.

          • shakejunt

            i guess we’re all african since our ancestors came from there

    • http://www.conservativesuperstar.com Conservative Super Star

      The article did not call her Mexican American.

  • Tristan Lara

    Juliana is Venezuelan

  • W. Mathew Drumm

    Cain Velazquez is an American citizen. His BROWN PRIDE bulls–t and Mexican flag mouthpiece both bug the s–t out of me for the simple fact that his parents both emigrated to the U.S. illegally to get a chance at a better life here in the States, not Mexico. If Cain thinks that identifying as Mexican 1st is such a hot deal, perhaps he should pursue citizenship there and see what it gets him. The opportunities he pursued here , such as as wrestling and going to school on a full scholarship at UAZ would have been pipe dreams were he not born into the right family in Mexico.

    • Rosco

      ASU
      idiot

    • http://www.conservativesuperstar.com Conservative Super Star

      STFU biotch no one cares what you think or what bugs you. The guy is representing his ethnic group and lived along the border where many cities have a 90% Mexican american population.

  • Thisguy

    They really enjoy pumping this crap out huh

    • Gary Fredericks

      Evidently so. Watered down PPV’s and TV cards, too many TUF seasons to care about, nation vs nation TUF’s, now we got TUF: Brown Pride edition, ONLY on UFC FIghtPass….as if I would watch this crap for free let alone pay for that UFC fight pass crap.

      • shakejunt

        so you won’t pay to watch it, won’t watch it for free, but will post about how bad it’s going to be?

        • Baller31

          Why wouldn’t he? A forum is the place to make your opinion known. Duh.

          • shakejunt

            his opinion seems to be that the ufc’s model is bad. but we all know you guys still watch it.

            the whole “watered down” card argument is ridiculous. either you like watching fights or you don’t.

          • Gary Fredericks

            The UFC’s model is not bad shakejunt, the rapid expansion is. Like any corporation, they are chasing the proffit NOW at the expense of their established markets in my opinion. I have been watching since UFC 1 and only missed a few of the dark ages ppv’s as they were not available in my area. Once the UFC started expanding past Europe, the PPV’s got really watered down in a horrible way. Hell, the UFC of Fox cards have better fights in higher quantity these days. They are stretching their established fighters names too thin.

            Want proof? Look at the vacuum created by a GSP hiatus and an Anderson Silva severe injury. While it is good for fans that actually are familiar with most fighters such as you and I and the people that even know what MMA Weekly or Sherdog type sites actually are, it is not for the newer fans that never had a Chuck Liddell or Randy Couture or a prime Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock to watch and follow. The UFC is increasingly lacking big name stars with broad market appeal. Instead, you have Chris Weidman’s and Jose Aldo’s and Renan Barao’s….all SUPER SKILLED CHAMPIONS, but lacking broad market appeal and personality. Same could be said for many of their contenders as well. In my opinion, they are boring outside of their immense fighting skills, as to where champions in the past actually generated interest in the sport. The reason is market size and rapid expansion. They should have learned from the NHL and how expanding too fast can harm your sport.

          • shakejunt

            can’t you reason out a response in less than 5000 words?

            maybe you’re just too old school to understand that you need to increase the exposure before you can fill the ranks.

          • Gary Fredericks

            I am sorry. I forgot you could not read past a headline.

            Had you read my less than 5000 word post, you may have caught my point that they would be more successful in their Latin American conquest if they built up the talent they had already and put together more wholesome and meaningful fight cards. Their expansion has watered down the herd to the point of one fight per card where the names are bonified stars and the rest is filler fights. I am not saying the filler fights end up being bad by any means, just saying to sell them you need fighters people kind of know and can relate to. Too many old guys at the end of their careers with no equitable meaning to their fights.

          • shakejunt

            can’t please everyone. either there will be “watered down” cards or people will complain they never come to their area.

            in order to become a real sport, you need multiple events per month.

  • James Williams

    Looks like a big experience edge for the mexican team. Those columbians have very few fights, unless they have extensive amateur backgrounds. Nevertheless, should be a good season.

  • Timothy Malone

    Keep an eye on Fredy Serrano. He has no record but they likely let him on because he is a former Olympic wrestler.

    Also Diego Rivas, whose undefeated record includes winning a one-night four man tournament.

  • Baller31

    Yawn. Who cares? Does anyone still watch tuf? I know the ratings have sucked for the past several seasons, even when Dana tries to sell the staged drama (sonnen/wanderlei)

    • shakejunt

      you commented…

      • Baller31

        You’re very observant

        • shakejunt

          thanks, i try.

  • Raúl Álzaga

    TUF 14 finalist Dennis ‘The Menace’ Bermudez, currently ranked 10th in 145-pound division, is half Puerto Rican through his father’s side.

  • Raúl Álzaga

    Btw, this show was created to increase fan interest in Latin Amer8ca and start a trend of fighters coming from those countries. It wasn’t made to appeal to U.S. fans. If it does, its just an added bonus. You don’t buy Fight Pass just for TUF Latin America but for a lot of things.