'The Ultimate Fighter 16' cast unveiled with 32 UFC welterweight hopefuls

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Budgellism
8/30/12 2:00:03PM
The official list of "TUF 16" fighters includes:

Sam Alvey (19-4), 26, Murrieta, Calif.
Igor Araujo (22-6), 31, Albuquerque, N.M. (via Patos De Minas, Brazil)
Saad Awad (11-4), 23, San Bernardino, Calif.
Jesse Barrett (8-0), 26, Tempe, Ariz.
Diego Bautista (7-1), 26, Lakewood, Calif.
Frank Camacho (10-2), 23, Camp Springs, Md.
James Chaney (7-2), 25, Klamath Falls, Ore.
Jerel Clark (5-1), 23, Reno, Nev.
Cortez Coleman (8-3), 30, Hugo, Okla.
Cameron Diffley (3-0), 27, Las Vegas, Nev.
Eddy Ellis (17-15-1), 29, Olympia, Wash.
Max Griffin (4-1), 26, Sacramento, Calif.
Nic Herron-Webb (11-3), 22, Anchorage, Alaska
Michael Hill (4-0), 25, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Zane Kamaka (4-0), 23, Klaianae, Hawaii
Leo Kuntz (14-1-1), 28, Bismarck, N.D.
Julian Lane (4-0), 25, Mansfield, Ohio
Ricky Legere Jr. (14-4), 26, Corona, Calif.
George Lockhart (10-4), 29, Atlanta, Ga.
Lev Magen (4-0), 25, Las Vegas, Nev.
Neil Magny (7-1), 24, Chicago, Ill.
Jon Manley (7-1), 26, Ludlow, Mass.
Bristol Marunde (12-7), 30, Las Vegas, Nev.
David Michaud (4-0), 23, Pine Ridge, S.D.
Kevin Nowaczyk (11-2), 23, Chicago, Ill.
Joey Rivera (7-1), 32, Tucson, Ariz.
Mike Ricci (7-2), 26, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Tim Ruberg (9-1), 30, Harrison, Ohio
Matt Secor (1-1), 25, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
Colton Smith (3-1), 25, Fort Hood, Texas via Ankeny, Iowa
Jason South (8-0), 34, West Jordan, Utah
Dom Waters (4-1), 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.

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Budgellism
8/30/12 2:01:30PM
Not a bad looking list. There are some recognizable names.
cowcatcher
8/30/12 2:03:49PM
Lol, I just posted this in the UFC forum. I'll delete mine.

Yeah it's a decent list, a couple of known commodities, and I'm sure a few of the "unknowns" will surprise us like they do every season. Roy is probably going to be extremely polarizing throughout the show. I love the guy, but sometimes when he opens his mouth he'd be better off putting his foot in there than talking.
Budgellism
8/30/12 2:19:23PM
Franklinfan47
8/30/12 2:49:08PM
Not a bad list but welterweights again?
FastKnockout
8/30/12 4:26:08PM
Matt Secor (1-1)?
Budgellism
8/30/12 7:02:33PM

Posted by FastKnockout

Matt Secor (1-1)?



I thought the same thing.

I guess to be fair though, that loss was to Nordine Taleb, who's 8-1 and participating in the next Bellator tournament.
Shawn91111
8/30/12 7:33:29PM
Jesus, they really need to spread these out.
thevoodooninja
8/30/12 7:55:57PM
2 from my home state i'll be pulling for them
aussiemma
8/30/12 8:35:40PM
hehe leo kuntz.
prozacnation1978
8/31/12 12:13:14AM
My money is on ricci winning it all
sbulldavid
9/1/12 11:20:24AM
Michaud's been wrestling since he was in diapers, often against kids 3-4 years older than him, and he walks around at 205, don't count him out because I've always felt his frame belongs at 170 and he has a chance to be a very decent Mark Munoz type guy at 170.
xtra_chewy
9/6/12 6:51:01PM

Posted by sbulldavid

Michaud's been wrestling since he was in diapers, often against kids 3-4 years older than him, and he walks around at 205, don't count him out because I've always felt his frame belongs at 170 and he has a chance to be a very decent Mark Munoz type guy at 170.



Looked this post up because I just found out Michaud was going to be on TUF 16 (front row shaggy brown hair), dude is a badass! Been watching him since one of his 1st amateur fights, definitely going to be pulling for Dave this season. Reppin' old skool REZ RUMBLERS!
DancingDoll
9/6/12 7:10:44PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

My money is on ricci winning it all



Agree. He's good friends with Rory Mac and trains with both him and GSP. That's about as good a set up as you can get for a WW prospect.
ThaAxeMurderer7
9/7/12 3:09:50PM

Posted by DancingDoll


Posted by prozacnation1978

My money is on ricci winning it all



Agree. He's good friends with Rory Mac and trains with both him and GSP. That's about as good a set up as you can get for a WW prospect.



A couple of years ago, Mike was touted as the next big thing in Bellator's Season Two Lightweight Tournament. He was scheduled to face Mike Corey but Corey ended up getting hurt so his teammate, Pat Curran, stepped up. It's crazy to think where Ricci may be had he fought Corey instead of Curran.

As for the entire cast, there are some really good guys in there with plenty of experience. Sam Alvey is a guy that I've become familiar with when he was in Bellator. He's the last guy to defeat Karl Amoussou at MW and gave Vitor Vianna a run for his money. Bristol Marunde and Saad Awad also have great experience. Should be a fun season.
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