The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Cast Revealed

August 15, 2013
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Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate TUF 18 CoachesThe Ultimate Fighter returns on Sept. 4 with The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate. It debuts on the new Fox Sports 1 network at 10 p.m. ET with a two-hour premiere.

The show features 32 fighters – 16 men and 16 women; all bantamweights – coached by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and her next challenger, Miesha Tate.

The fighters will square off in the premiere episode to whittle the cast down to the final 16 competitors that will move into The Ultimate Fighter house.

The successful fighters will then be divided into two teams, coached by Rousey and Tate respectively. The series will follow the teams as they live and train together in preparation for their fights. The coaches will then face off in the Octagon for the women’s bantamweight title on Saturday, Dec. 28, at UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“This season of The Ultimate Fighter was monumental, as we had women as coaches and competitors – fighting and living together with the men – for the first time ever,” UFC president Dana White said.

“Obviously the fierce rivalry between Ronda and Miesha is going to get everyone’s attention, but it doesn’t take away from their dedication and success as coaches and the level of talent this season. One of the things that always makes The Ultimate Fighter great is the fights, and this season continues to deliver. Since we added the women’s division earlier this year, they’ve been putting on awesome fights, and the streak continues on the show, giving the men some serious competition and setting up some Fight of the Night-worthy battles.”

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate will anchor Fox Sports 1’s UFC Wednesday block and run for 13 weeks. Each episode’s winners will advance in the single-elimination tournament, which will culminate in a three-hour finale, live from Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The list of finalists was trimmed from more than 200 applicants, with the final fighters hailing from the United States, Canada, England, Ireland and Sweden.

The competitors are, in alphabetical order (Name, Professional MMA record, Age, Fighting Out Of):

Female Bantamweights

-Shayna Baszler (15-8), 33, Sioux Fall, S.D.
-Revelina Berto (3-1), 24, Winter Haven, Fla.
-Jessamyn Duke (2-1), 27, Richmond, Ky.
-Tonya Evinger (11-6), 32, Lake St. Louis, Mo.
-Laura Howarth (4-0), 26, Hove, East Essex, ENG
-Tara LaRosa (21-3), 35, Albuquerque, N.M.
-Valerie Letourneau (4-3), 30, La Prairie, CAN
-Bethany Marshall (4-1), 25, Newport News, Va.
-Sarah Moras (3-1), 25, Kelowna, CAN
-Margaret “Penny” Morgan (2-0), 33, Nashua, N.H.
-Gina Mazany (3-0), 25, Seattle, Wash.
-Roxanna Modafferi (15-10), 30, Pittsfield, Mass.
-Julianna Pena (4-2), 24, Spokane, Wash.
-Raquel Pennington (3-3), 24, Colorado Springs, Colo.
-Jessica Rakoczy (1-3), 36, Las Vegas, Nev.
-Colleen Schneider (4-3), 31, Las Vegas, Nev.

Male Bantamweights

-Christopher Beal (7-0), 28, Somis, Calif.
-Cody Bollinger (14-3), 22, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
-Louis Fisette (6-1), 23, Winnipeg, CAN
-Rafael Freitas (6-0-1), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
-David Grant (8-1), 27, Bishop Auckland, ENG
-Tim Gorman (9-2), 30, West Des Moines, Iowa
-Anthony Gutierrez (4-0), 22, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
-Emil Hartsner (4-0), 23, Luberod, SWE
-Joshua Hill (9-0), 26, Binbrook, CAN
-Chris Holdsworth (4-0), 25, Woodland Hills, Calif.
-Patrick Holohan (9-0-1), 25, Dublin, IRL
-Sirwan Kakai (9-1), 23, Coconut Creek, Fla.
-Daniel Martinez (18-4), 28, San Diego, Calif.
-Matthew Munsey (4-1), 26, Hollywood, Fla.
-Lee Sandmeier (9-0), 30, Knoxville, Iowa
-Michael Wootten (6-0), 24, Liverpool, ENG

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  • Heavydee

    Nice to see Tara on the show. That girl can bang. I remember seeing her in bodog and looked awesome.

  • Someone is getting pregnant this season! You heard it first

  • Truth

    LaRosa should have this in the bag barring injury.

    Only names I even recognize besides LaRosa are Baszler, Evinger, and Rakoczy.

    • shakejunt

      you recognize the person with a 1-3 record but not berto, duke, or modafferi?

      EDIT: didn’t realize Rakoczy was a pretty serious boxer, my apologies.

  • TheCerealKiller

    The only thing that irritates me is that Weidman fought for the title at 9-0. Most of these guys are not up and coming, they have as many or more fights as Weidman had.

    • sprackles

      think about from where Weidmans 9 W’s came and then compare that list to these guy’s credentials and then ask yourself that question again.

  • Joe Reilly

    Keep your eye on Paddy Holohan

    • oo you didnt know?

      doesnt win to get in the house!

  • Timothy Malone

    To complete the women’s line-up they apparently had to exempt the rules, as the tryout qualifications stated you must have three fights. Penny Morgan has two.

  • BobGyro

    Who the hell can Meisha Big Nose Tate train or coach?

  • BobGyro

    Is Brian Carogay on the show every week. Mrs. Brian Tate I mean?

  • BobGyro

    Meisha Big NOse Tate on TV is sad.