Ultimate Fighter 16 Full Cast Revealed

August 30, 2012
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Shane Carwin and Roy NelsonThe newest cast of the Ultimate Fighter has now been revealed with 32 participants squaring off for 16 spots in the latest edition of the reality show.

UFC officials announced the new cast on Thursday.

The cast includes former Ultimate Fighter assistant coach Cameron Diffley, who served as Forrest Griffin’s jiu-jitsu instructor during season 7 of the show.

Other notable names on the list include former Strikeforce competitor Bristol Marunde, strength and conditioning coach and nutritionist George Lockhart, and former Bellator middleweight tournament contender Sam Alvey.

The newest edition of the Ultimate Fighter will kick off on Friday, Sept 14 with a special 2-hour edition of the show. The fighters will be coached by former UFC heavyweight champion Shane Carwin and former Ultimate Fighter winner Roy Nelson.

UFC President Dana White expects nothing less than an interesting show with Carwin and Nelson at the helm.

“Carwin and Nelson are two guys who just can’t stand each other and Roy and I haven’t exactly seen eye to eye either – he’s been a nightmare for me to work with on this show with all his stupid BS,” said UFC president Dana White via press release on Thursday.

Several high profile UFC fighters are also expected to appear on the show in assistant coaching roles including former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, as well as brothers Nate and Nick Diaz.

Here is the full cast list for the Ultimate Fighter season 16:

Bristol Marunde, 30, Las Vegas, Nev.
Cameron Diffley, 27, Las Vegas, Nev.
Colton Smith, 25, Fort Hood, Texas via Ankeny, Iowa
Cortez Coleman, 30, Hugo, Okla.
David Michaud, 23, Pine Ridge, S.D.
Diego Bautista, 26, Lakewood, Calif.
Dom Waters, 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Eddy Ellis, 29, Olympia, Wash.,
Frank Camacho, 23, Camp Springs, Md.,
George Lockhart, 29, Atlanta, Ga.
Igor Araujo, 31, Albuquerque, N.M. via Patos De Minas, Brazil
James Chaney, 25, Klamath Falls, Ore.
Jason South, 34, West Jordan, Utah
Jerel Clark, 23, Reno, Nev.
Jesse Barrett, 26, Tempe, Ariz.
Joey Rivera, 32, Tucson, Ariz.
Jon Manley, 26, Ludlow, Mass.
Julian Lane, 25, Mansfield, Ohio
Kevin Nowaczyk, 23, Chicago, Ill.
Leo Kuntz, 28, Bismarck, N.D.
Lev Magen, 25, Las Vegas, Nev.
Matt Secor, 25, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
Max Griffin, 26, Sacramento, Calif.
Michael Hill, 25, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Mike Ricci, 26, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Neil Magny, 24, Chicago, Ill.
Nic Herron-Webb, 22, Anchorage, Alaska
Ricky Legere Jr., 26, Corona, Calif.
Saad Awad, 23, San Bernardino, Calif.
Sam Alvey, 26, Murrieta, Calif.
Tim Ruberg, 30, Harrison, Ohio
Zane Kamaka, 23, Klaianae, Hawaii

  • RonnieV

    I’ve seen a few of these guys get knocked out a few times in casino MMA fights(including Marunde), I think of a few of them are brought in as sacrificial lambs for the fist cutdown (to 16 fighters). I’m surprised they don’t grab more of the “Strikeforce Challengers” and Belator fighters. I know they mentioned a couple, but IMO they are the closest to making it to the big show.

    • Lesnardo

      It’s not that the UFC won’t grab. It has more to do with pro fighters not having the money or time to participate and the desire to go thru TUFs.

      Most pro fighters see TUF as a notch below where they are. Roy Nelson won the tourney. Don’t you think guys like Sergei or Arona (two guys that the UFC refuses to sign) would walk thru the tourney?

      • Machterf5

        I believe that UFC won’t sign Arona because he’s fought a whopping 1 time in the last 5 years.

        And Kharitonov is part of Golden Glory who has proven to be a pain in the ass for the UFC when dealing with financially.

  • I’ve trained with Cameron Diffley. He was Forrest’s assistant coach on the season Forrest coached against Rampage.

    Cameron is a beast on the ground. He’s a BJJ Black belt from Ricardo Pires. The same guy Frank Mir got his Black Belt from. Cameron trained under Sergio Penha for a long time too.

  • pooby

    Holy crap! Ankeny, Iowa??!! That’s where I’m from!

  • lowlb

    So I guess they’re middleweights??
    Is that who will be fighting mid-weights?

  • ww

  • onehitwonder

    I’m just happy they’ll be speaking english this time. i don’t watch TV to read. I like TUF, you really get to know the fighters better, example…JDS was compassionate with his fighters win they lost, Brock was a D-Bag about it. thus i became a JDS fan, after seeing TUF.

  • elguapo

    Nobody made any jokes about a guy called Kuntz? For shame people, I thought you were all better than that. Nothing even about giving Kuntz a good fisting etc? My faith in humanity is dead.

    • RubeKegal

      I apologize guapo….I would have but this is first time I saw article. Next time I will be more proficient with my viewing of articles.

  • RubeKegal

    Colton Smith is 3-1 and got KO’d in last fight
    Cortez Coleman lost 2 of last 3
    Eddy Ellis is 17-15…why the f##k is he on the show?
    Frank Camacho 2-2 in last 4
    George Lockhart 2-2 in last 4
    Matt Secor is 1-1, why the f*#k is he here???

    Julian “Nitrane” Lane will win this competition based on nickname. Either him or Kevin “Give me your lunch money” Nowaczyk.

    Lev Magen is Xtreme Couture, so he could win it.
    Mike Ricci is from Tri-Star so he can win it.
    Sam Alvey is Team Quest so he can win it.

    My summary sums up 2 things…I am incredibly bored as I sherdogged every fighter and secondly, I predict that either Lev Magen, Mike Ricci, Sam Alvey, Jason South, Nitrane Lane, Cameron Diffley or Nowaczyk will win this thing.

    I will bet 1 million dollars that Eddy Ellis does not win this thing I dont care the odds.

    • RubeKegal

      Michael Hill is either 0-0 or 0-1, great addition!!!