The Ultimate Fighting Championship has unveiled its full list of cast members for “The Ultimate Fighter 28.” The season — which has dubbed “Heavy Hitters” — will feature eight heavyweights and eight women’s featherweights. It is set to premiere Wednesday, Aug. 29 on FOX Sports 1, marking the final season of the long-running reality series on the network before the UFC begins its broadcasting deal with ESPN.
“The Ultimate Fighter” features a season-long tournament with two fighters in each weight class set to square off at the end of the season with the hopes of winning a six-figure UFC contract. Previous TUF winners include former champions Forrest Griffin, Michael Bisping, Rashad Evans, TJ Dillashaw and more.
TUF 28 will be coached by current middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and top contender Kelvin Gastelum, who are both former winners of “The Ultimate Fighter,” leading up to a showdown between the two men later this year. Whittaker most recently earned fight of the night honors for his win over Yoel Romero at UFC 225. Romero was ineligible to win Whittaker’s championship belt after failing to miss weight. Gastelum, meanwhile, is currently riding a two-fight winning streak with wins over former champion Michael Bisping and former No. 1 contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
“The Ultimate Fighter 28: Heavy Hitters Finale” will take place Nov. 30 at Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The full list of cast members for “The Ultimate Fighter 28: Heavy Hitters” can be seen below.
The Ultimate Fighter 28: Heavy Hitters Cast
Ben Sosoli (6-2): 28 | Melbourne, Australia
Maurice Greene (5-2): 31 | St. Cloud, MN
Michel Batista (4-0): 34 | Miami, FL
Juan Francisco Espino Diepa (8-1): 37 | Las Palmas, Spain
Justin Frazier (10-2): 28 | Cave City, AR
Anderson Da Silva (3-0-1): 31 | Sao Paulo, Brazil
Przemyslaw Mysiala (22-9-1): 35 | Maidenhead, England
Josh Parisian (7-2): 28 | Brighton, MI
Women’s Featherweight Fighters
Leah Letson (4-1): 25 | Milwaukee, WI
Larissa Pacheco (11-2): 23 | Belem, Brazil
Marciea Allen (7-2): 36 | Wood Dale, IL
Pannie Kianzad (9-3): 26 | Copenhagen, Denmark
Bea Malecki (2-0): 26 | Stockholm, Sweden
Julija Stoliarenko (4-2-1): 25 | Kaunas, Lithuania
Katharina Lehner (7-1): 28 | Cologne, Germany
Macy Chiasson (2-0): 26 | New Orleans, LA