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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), have officially released the list of cast members for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season eighteen, which will see the reality TV show make history as for the first time in history, TUF will have two women as the head coaches, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, as well as the tournaments actually featuring both men and women.

Earlier this year it was announced that for the first time in UFC history that The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) would see two top ranked women feature as the head coaches on the reality show, which sees fighters compete in a tournament with the winner being awarded a UFC contract. The head coaches for TUF: eighteen were originally UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey and Cat “Alpha” Zingano. However, this all changed when Zingano was pulled due to injury and replaced by Rousey’s adversary Miesha “Cupcake” Tate. TUF: eighteen had another significant difference to its predecessors as for the first time both women and men would participate in the reality show.

UFC President Dana White has stated how this season of the realty TV show The Ultimate Fighter has been monumental.

“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.”

The UFC have now officially released the list of the fighters that have made it through the tryouts to the next stage of  The Ultimate Fighter eighteen. The first episode that will be broadcast on September 4th will feature the elimination rounds where the thirty two fighters listed will compete with the winners entering the TUF house. The thirty two fighters consist of sixteen male bantamweights and sixteen female bantamweights.

Women’s 135-pound division:

Shayna Baszler (15-8-0) – aged 33 from Sioux Fall, South Dakota.
Revelina Berto (3-1-0)  – aged 24 from Winter Haven, Florida.
Jessamyn Duke (2-1-0) – aged 27 from Richmond, Kentucky.
Tonya Evinger (11-6-0) – aged 32 from Lake St. Louis, Missouri.
Laura Howarth (4-0-0) – aged 26 from Hove, East Essex, England
Tara LaRosa (21-3-0) – aged 35 from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Valerie Letourneau (4-3-0) – aged 30 from La Prairie, Canada.
Bethany Marshall (4-1-0) – aged 25 from Newport News, Virginia.
Sarah Moras (3-1-0) – aged 25 from Kelowna, Canade.
Margaret “Penny” Morgan (2-0-0) – aged 33 from Nashua, New Hampshire.
Gina Mazany (3-0-0) – aged 25 from Seattle, Washington.
Roxanne Modafferi (15-10-0) – aged 30 from Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Julianna Pena (4-2-0) – aged 24 from Spokane, Washington.
Raquel Pennington (3-3-0) – aged 24 from Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Jessica Rakoczy (1-3-0) – aged 36 from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Colleen Schneider (4-3-0) – aged 31 from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Male 135-pound division:

Christopher Beal (7-0-0) – aged 28 from Somis, California.
Cody Bollinger (14-3-0) – aged 22 from Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Louis Fisette (6-1-0) – aged 23 from Winnipeg, Canada.
Rafael Freitas (6-0-1) – aged 29 from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
David Grant (8-1-0) – aged 27 from Bishop Auckland, England.
Tim Gorman (9-2-0) – aged 30 from West Des Moines, Iowa.
Anthony Gutierrez (4-0-0) – aged 22 from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Emil Hartsner (4-0-0) – aged 23 from Luberod, Sweden.
Joshua Hill (9-0-0) – aged 26 from Binbrook, Canada.
Chris Holdsworth (4-0-0) – aged 25 from Woodland Hills, California.
Patrick Holohan (9-0-1-0) – aged 25 from Dublin, Ireland.
Sirwan Kakai (9-1-0) – aged 23 from Coconut Creek, Florida.
Daniel Martinez (18-4-0) – aged 28 from San Diego, Califormia.
Matthew Munsey (4-1-0) – aged 26 from Hollywood, Florida.
Lee Sandmeier (9-0-0) – aged 30 from Knoxville, Iowa
Michael Wootten (6-0-0) – aged 24 from Liverpool, England.

The Ultimate Fighter season eighteen premieres on September 4th, with head coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate coaching both women and men MMA fighters in the tournaments.

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By Robert Riley

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