The UFC has today revealed the participants for the upcoming season of hit reality show The Ultimate Fighter.
The inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX will run for 13 consecutive weeks, featuring live fights every episode, and culminate with a championship fight on June 1, in a three-hour finale.
Following the eagerly anticipated premiere on its new home, the series will remain on Fridays but move to 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) for 12 weeks.
FX will also televise a second 13-week season of The Ultimate Fighter Live this summer. There will be two 13-week seasons of the show on FX annually for the next seven years. The eventual winner of each season receives a six-figure contract from the UFC.
The 13 weeks of taping are more than twice as long as previous TUF seasons (six). Unlike past editions when each season was taped months in advance of its broadcast, new episodes with live fights will now air each week.
There will be 16 live fights on March 9. The competitors are:
Akbarh Arreloa, Chula Vista , Calif.
Al Iaquinta, Wantagh , N.Y.
Ali Maclean, Belfast , North Ireland
Andy Ogle, Tynemouth , England
Austin Lyons, Cordova , Tenn.
Brendan Weafer, New York , N.Y.
Chris Tickle, Bloomington , Ill.
Cody Pfister, Amarillo , Texas
Cristiano Marcello, Curitiba , Brazil
Chase Hackett, Littleton , Colo.
Chris Saunders, Long Beach , Calif.
Dakota Cochrane, Omaha , Neb.
Daron Cruickshank, Wayne , Mich.
Drew Dober, Omaha , Neb.
Erin Beach, San Diego , Calif.
James Krause, Blue Springs , Mich.
James Vick, Fort Worth , Texas
Jared Carlsten, Los Angeles , Calif.
Jeff Smith, Mechanicsburg , Penn.
Jeremy Larsen, Phoenix , Ariz.
Joe Proctor, Pembroke , Mass.
John Cofer, Hull , Ga.
Johnavan Vistante, Pearl City , Hawaii
Jon Tuck, Hagtna, Guam
Jordan Rinaldi, Matthews, N.C.
Justin Lawrence, Villa Ridge , Mo.
Mark Glover, Liverpool , England
Michael Chiesa, Spokane Valley , Wash.
Myles Jury, San Diego , Calif.
Mike Rio, Miami , Fla.
Sam Sicilia, Spokane Valley , Wash.
Vinc Pichel, Sherman Oaks, Calif.