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22 Aug 2011

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM MILLER VS TEAM BISPING CAST IS ANNOUNCED

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: TEAM MILLER VS TEAM BISPING CAST IS ANNOUNCED

16 Bantamweights and 16 Featherweights To Vie For Six-Figure Contracts With The Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Two-Hour Premiere To Feature All The Preliminary Fights On

Wednesday, September 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV

New York, NY, August 22, 2011 – The fourteenth season of Spike TV’s popular original series, The Ultimate Fighter,® will kick off on Wednesday, September 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere featuring all of the preliminary fights in their entirety.  Tune in as 32 of the world’s most promising mixed martial arts competitors begin the quest to advance into the The Ultimate Fighter house.  Beginning Wednesday, September 28, new episodes will premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

For the first time in franchise history, the bantamweight (145) and featherweight (135) weight classes will be showcased. Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Michael “The Count” Bisping will compete as coaches this season and will eventually meet in the Octagon® at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in December.

The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Miller vs. Team Bisping cast, whose hometowns range from Gothenburg, Sweden to Winnipeg, Manitoba to Glasgow, Scotland to Yonkers, N.Y. include the following:

BANTAMWEIGHTS

JOHN ALBERT

Fighting out of: Puyallup, Wash. / Victory Athletics

Record: 6-1-0

Age: 24

JOHNNY BEDFORD

Fighting out of: Watuga, Texas/ F3 Alliance

Record: 17-9-1

Age: 28

CARSON BEEBE

Fighting out of: Western Springs, Ill. / Gilbert Grappling

Record: 6-1-0

Age: 22

ROLAND DELORME

Fighting out of: Winnipeg, Manitoba / Winnipeg Academy of MMA

Record: 6-1-0

Age: 27

TJ DILLASHAW

Fighting out of: Sacramento, Calif. / Team Alpha Male

Record: 4-0-0

Age: 25

JOHN DODSON

Fighting out of: Albuquerque, N.M. / Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts

Record: 11-5-0

Age: 26

CASEY DYER

Fighting out of: New Castle, Ind. / No Affiliation

Record: 6-1-0

Age: 21

BJ FERGUSON

Fighting out of: Louisville, Ky. / All-American MMA

Record: 6-2-0

Age: 29

JOSH FERGUSON

Fighting out of: Louisville, Ky. / All-American MMA

Record: 7-3-0

Age: 22

LOUIS GAUDINOT

Fighting out of: Yonkers, N.Y. / Team Tiger Schulmann

Record: 5-1-0

Age: 26

MATT JAGGERS

Fighting out of:  Connersville, Ind. / Team Wolfpack

Record: 20-7-0

Age: 25

TATEKI MATSUDA

Fighting out of: Boston, Mass. / Team Sityodtong

Record: 6-2-0

Age: 25

PAUL MCVEIGH

Fighting out of: Glasgow, Scotland / Dinky Ninjas

Record: 18-6-0

Age: 29

BRANDON MERKT

Fighting out of: New Richmond, Wisc. / The Academy

Record: 11-0-0

Age: 27

DUSTIN PAGUE

Fighting out of: Centreville, Va. / MASE MMA

Record: 9-4-0

Age: 23

ORVILLE SMITH

Fighting out of: Indianapolis, Ind. / Integrated Fighting

Record: 11-3-0

Age: 30

 

FEATHERWEIGHTS

STEPHEN BASS

Fighting out of: Savannah, Ga. / Lloyd Irvin MMA

Record: 10-0-0

Age: 28

DENNIS BERMUDEZ

Fighting out of: Massapequa, N.Y./ Long Island MMA

Record: 7-2-0

Age: 24

DIEGO BRANDAO

Fighting out of: Albuquerque, N.M. / Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts

Record: 13-7-0

Age: 23

MARCUS BRIMAGE

Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. / American Top Team

Record: 3-1-0

Age: 31

BRYAN CARAWAY

Fighting out of: Sacramento, Calif. / Team Alpha Male

Record: 15-5-0

Age: 26

JOSH CLOPTON

Fighting out of: San Francisco, Calif. / Skrap Pack

Record: 4-0-1

Age: 29

AKIRA CORASSANI

Fighting out of: Gothenburg, Sweden / Team Kaobon

Record: 9-3-0

Age: 28

KARSTEN LENJOINT

Fighting out of: Nottingham, United Kingdom / Wolfslair Academy

Record: 7-1-0

Age: 30

ERIC MARRIOTT

Fighting out of: Independence, Mo. / Grindhouse MMA

Record: 20-5-0

Age: 25

MICAH MILLER

Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. / American Top Team

Record: 17-4-0

Age: 24

DUSTIN NEACE

Fighting out of: Granite City, Ill. / Hit Squad

Record: 22-17-1

Age: 24

JESSE NEWELL

Fighting out of: Ventura, Calif. / Knuckleheadz Boxing

Record: 6-1-0

Age: 24

BRIAN PEARMAN

Fighting out of: Springfield, Mo. / Springfield Fight Club

Record: 7-1-0

Age: 26

JIMMIE RIVERA

Fighting out of: Elmwood Park, N.J. / Team Tiger Schulmann

Record: 8-1-0

Age:  21

STEVEN SILER

Fighting out of: Ogden, Utah / Riven Academy

Record: 18-9-0

Age: 24

BRYSON WAILEHUA-HANSEN

Fighting out of: Honolulu, Hawaii / MMA Development

Record: 5-1-0

Age: 24

 

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About The Ultimate Fighter®

Now in its fourteenth season, The Ultimate Fighter® remains the longest-running sports reality show on television today, drawing millions of viewers on a weekly basis.  An integral property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®The Ultimate Fighter® features up-and-coming mixed martial artists vying for a six-figure contract to compete in the UFC’s hallowed Octagon®.

Filmed over six weeks in Las Vegas, Nev., The Ultimate Fighter® has helped launched the careers of UFC superstars such as Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Kenny Florian, Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping.  Likewise, contestants on The Ultimate Fighter® are coached by some of UFC’s most successful athletes of all-time, including Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Georges St-Pierre and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

About Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC® produces over 12 UFC live Pay-Per-View events annually around the world.  UFC programming is distributed in the United States on Viacom, Inc.’s Spike TV and on Comcast, Inc.’s VERSUS network.  UFC content is distributed commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. and Canadastar in Canada. Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in over 132 countries and territories, reaching 597 million homes worldwide, in 21 different languages.

UFC® also boasts a powerful presence online, with UFC.com attracting over six million unique visitors per month, while also possessing one of the most powerful social media followings in all of professional sports. To date, UFC has over six million fans on Facebook and over 300,000 followers on Twitter.  In addition, UFC President Dana White is one of the most accessible and most followed executives in sports with over 1.5 million followers on Twitter.  On January 22, 2011, UFC continued to set trends in social media, becoming the first major sports league to stream live, broadcast quality action on Facebook.

Ancillary businesses include the best-selling UFC “Undisputed” videogame franchise distributed by THQ, UFC Gym, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo festivals, branded apparel, trading cards, articulated action figures and other media including best-selling DVDs and a bimonthly magazine.

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