The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 Cast Revealed; Women’s Strawweight Champion to be Crowned

July 3, 2014
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TUF Logo - Champion Will Be CrownedFor 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 on FOX Sports 1.

The top 115-pound females on the planet will compete over the course of the season for the honor of being the UFC’s second female champion, alongside bantamweight (135 pound) 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. 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 Peters 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.

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  • Christina

    Really looking forward to TUF20. The women seem to bring it every time. TUF19 sucked horribly and has been a complete disappointment. Only 1, maybe 2 of them barely good enough to be called fighters. Most of the rest gassed after 1 round. How could they possibly think they’re UFC ready?

    • shakejunt

      this season has been pretty dreadful and i say that as a serra guy (still, go eddie!), but yes this next season is gonna be awesome.

  • Michael-G

    looking forward to this. I think the introduction of women’s bouts in the UFC has been refreshing and exciting.
    Must say who ever wrote this press release is a bit daft. Tasmania is actually a state in Australia

  • Hannah

    I’m totally looking forward to this season primarily because the large majority of the girls were building impressive MMA carriers over at Invicta so viewers are already familiar with their talent. I’m rooting for “Tiny” Tecia Torres all day and Joanne Calderwood is a beast. The 115 pound division doesn’t pack the power of heavier weight classes but I’ve found the fighters just as exciting. Thug Rose with that flying arm bar, definitely fun to watch.