The cast for the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America has been announced by the UFC. The season will be coached by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and #1 ranked contender Fabricio Werdum. The filming of the TUF season began on May 13th.
The season will debut on UFC Fight Pass in late August for countries outside of Latin America, and will debut on the week of August 18 for the following countries listed below. UFC Network, a channel exclusive to Latin America, will air the first episode on August 24.
Argentina – CN5
Bolivia – Red Uno
Mexico – Channel 5
Nicaragua – Channel 13
Panama – NexTV
Paraguay – Telefuturo
Uruguay – Channel 10
The show will see both Velasquez and Werdum coaching eight fighters each, with four bantamweight and four featherweight fighters on each team. The two coaches are then scheduled to fight at UFC 180 in Mexico City on November 15 for the UFC heavyweight title. The finalists from both the bantamweight and featherweight tournament brackets are scheduled to fight at the TUF: Latin America finale in November.
Here is the full cast announcement.
Marco Beltrán (5-2), 27, from Morelia, Mexico
Henry Briones (13-4), 33, from Tijuana, Mexico
Alejandro Dominguez (22-6), Aguascalientes, México
Jose Quiñonez (10-1), 23, Tlaltenango, México
Gabriel Benítez (16-4), 25, Tijuana, México
Masio Fullen (6-4), 27, Guadalajara, México
Yair Rodríguez (2-1), 22, Parral, México
Rodolfo Rubio (12-6), 27, DF, México
Guido Cannetti (5-1), 34, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fredy Serrano (1-0), 34, Bogotá, Colombia
Bentley Syler (5-0), 31, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Marlon Vera (5-1), 22, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Humberto Brown (4-4), 29, Panamá, Panamá
Leonardo Morales (4-0), 21, Managua, Nicaragua
Diego Rivas (5-0), 22, Temuco, Chile
Alex Torres (1-1), 25, Bogotá, Colombia