New York, NY, February 28, 2011 – The 13th season of Spike TV’s popular original series, “The Ultimate Fighter” will feature 14 of the best unsigned mixed martial artists in the welterweight division (170 lbs) competing for a six-figure contract with the preeminent mixed martial organization in the world, The Ultimate Fighting Championship®. The new season premieres Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM ET/PT featuring Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos as coaches, two of the most intriguing figures in the sport of mixed martial arts.
From San Diego, CA to New Orleans, LA, to Dusseldorf, Germany, the 14 fighters have all gathered in Las Vegas with one goal – to become the next “The Ultimate Fighter.” During the ten episode run of the show, under the tutelage of coaches Lesnar and dos Santos, the competitors endure a grueling regimen of jiu-jitsu, judo, Muay Thai, karate, boxing and wrestling. The intense competition among the fighters continues after they leave the gym – at the Ultimate Fighter House. These warriors must live together, knowing that any day they might be forced to fight each other in the famed UFC Octagon™.
The two finalists will square off in a live finale on Spike TV Saturday, June 4, where the winner will be declared “The Ultimate Fighter” and net the six-figure contract. UFC President Dana White will once again serve as host of the series.
The following are the members of this season’s cast:
Name: Nordin “Fist of Tangier” Asrih
Trains: Dusseldorf, Germany – Pride Gym
MMA record: 16-5-1
Name: Shamar Bailey
Trains: Indianapolis, IN – Integrated Fighting Systems
MMA record: 10-3
Name: Len “The Liger” Bentley
Trains: Olympia, WA – Victory Athletics
MMA record: 9-4-0
Name: Michael “Mick” Bowman
Trains: Liverpool, England – Wolfslair
MMA record: 7-2-0
Name: Keon “The Black Assassin” Caldwell
Trains: Moultrie, GA – Team Reality
MMA record: 8-1
Name: Chris “C-Murder” Cope
Trains: San Diego, CA – Arena MMA
MMA record: 4-1
Name: Zachary Davis
Trains: Rockville, MD – Evolve / Team Lloyd Irvin
MMA record: 4-1-0
Name: Anthony “El Cucuy” Ferguson
Trains: Ventura, CA – Knuckleheadz Boxing
MMA record: 10-2-0
Name: Clay Harvison
Trains: Marietta, GA – X3 Sports
MMA record: 6-1-0
Name: Myles “Fury” Jury
Trains: San Diego, CA – Victory
MMA record: 9-0
Name: Ryan McGillivray
Trains: Edmonton, Alberta Canada – Legends Training Centre
MMA record: 11-4-1
Name: Ramsey Nijem
Trains: Orem, UT – River Academy / The Pit
MMA record: 4-1-0
Name: Charlie “Superstar” Rader
Trains: New Orleans, LA – Power MMA
MMA record: 16-5
Name: Javier “Chunty Boy” Torres
Trains: Las Vegas, NV – Team Tompkins
MMA record: 3-0-0
Extended bios for this year’s cast can be found at ultimatefighter.com. During the season, viewers can also find exclusive extended footage from each episode, an exclusive video leak of the upcoming episode, and five episodes of the popular web series “The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath,” hosted by UFC veteran Stephan Bonnar.
Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White of Zuffa, LLC, and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are the show’s executive producers. Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, sports & specials, Spike TV is co-executive producer and Christopher Martello is executive in charge of production for Spike TV.
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