The upcoming new season of The Ultimate Fighter is scheduled to air live on FX on March 9 at 9 p.m. ET and the cast is set and ready to go. The 15th season will be coached by bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (19-1) and former WEC champion Urijah Faber (26-5).
The shows March 9 premier will televise 32 hopefuls slugging it out in 16 match ups. The winners of these bouts will then secure a position in the TUF household where they will be airing live for the following 13 weeks. Earlier seasons of TUF only filmed over a 6 week period, this season, however, will be filmed and aired over a 13 week time frame. The show will premier on March 9th and conclude, with a three-hour finale, on June 1st. As always, the winner of the finale will also receive a six figure contract to fight in the UFC.
The other fighters joining the show, according to Sherdog.com, are:
Akbarh Arreola — 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 , Mo.
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.