The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22 cast revealed for ‘USA vs. Europe’

Two nations collide for the first time since TUF 9!

Season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is just around the corner, coached by featherweight rivals Urijah Faber and Conor McGregor. “The California Kid” will lead a squad of stateside mixed martial arts (MMA) hopefuls, while “Notorious” commands a group of European contestants.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) revealed the full cast for the FOX Sports 1 reality show earlier today (Mon., Aug. 31, 2015), which is set to feature lightweight and welterweight combatants. Of the 32 competitors, only 16 will make it into the TUF house on episode one.

Here’s where we start:

United States:
Andreas Quintana (8-1) from Albuquerque, N.M.
Austin Springer (8-0) from Portland, Ore.
Billy Quarantillo (6-1) from Tampa, Fla.
Brandon Ricetti (7-1) from Chico, Calif.
Brennan Sevin (7-1) from Chauvin, LA.
Chris Gruetzemacher (12-1) from Peoria, AZ
Jason Soares (8-0) from Miami, Fla.
Johnny Nunez (5-1) from Las Vegas, NV
James Jenkins (8-1) from Long Island, NY
Jason Gonzalez (9-2) from Colton, Calif.
Julian Erosa (14-1) from Yakima, Wash.
Mike Flach (7-1) from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Ryan Hall (4-1) from Falls Church, VA
Thanh Le (4-1) from New Orleans, LA
Tim Welch (12-5) from Glendale, Ariz.
Tom Gallicchio (19-8) from Perth Amboy, N.J.

Europe:
Artem Lobov (11-10-1-1) from Dublin, Ireland
Abner Lloveras (19-7-1) from Barcelona, Spain
David Teymur (3-1) from Stockholm, Sweden
Djamil Chan (19-2) from Amsterdam, Netherlands
Frantz Frank Slioa (4-0) from Stockholm, Sweden
Marcin Wrzosek (10-2) from Bydgoszcz, Poland
Martin Delaney (10-1) from Bathgate, Scotland
Martin Svensson (14-5) from Malmo, Sweden
Mehdi Baghdad (11-3) from Toulon, France
Mohamed Grabinski (10-1) from Dusseldorf, Germany
Paulo Boer (10-1-1) from Holland
Sascha Sharma (8-2) from Stuttgart, Germany
Saul Rogers (10-1) from Bolton, England
Sean Carter (10-1) from Essex, England
Thibault Gouti (10-0) vs. Avignon, France
Vladimir Sikic (10-0) from Frankfurt, Germany

Recognize any of those names?

The 12-episode season begins next Weds. (Sept. 9, 2015) at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will continue each week until the live finale on Dec. 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, headlined by the featherweight showdown pitting Frankie Edgar opposite Chad Mendes.

For much more on TUF 22 and the live finale click here.

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UFC 191: Paige VanZant has two years to become youngest champion ever

In 2011, Jon Jones became the youngest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) titleholder ever, thanks to a violent, technical knockout win over Mauricio Rua at UFC 128. “Bones” was just 23 years old.

That record may soon fall, however, if Paige VanZant has anything to say about it.

“12 Gauge” — who is 2-0 inside the Octagon with wins over Felice Herrig and Kailin Curran — says she’s on course to break Jon’s record of youngest champion to ever compete inside the eight-walled cage. Still, she admits she isn’t in a big hurry to get to the big dance, because at the age of 21, she has two years to get it done.

From her conversation with Sherdog:

“I need to remind myself and remind people that this is my ride. This is my journey. It’s up to me what fights I take. I’m going to take my time. I’m 21 years old. I still have two years to be the youngest belt holder if I wanted to.”

Aside from taking care of business inside the cage, Paige has also shown she has the “it” factor to make waves outside the Octagon, too.

Much to the chagrin of some, the up-and-coming contender signed an exclusive deal with Reebok earlier this year, proving that her bubbly personality and fighting chops are a perfect combination to earn recognition with big-time sponsors.

She still isn’t satisfied, however, as VanZant is determined to grow her popularity and fan base with each and every fight. And she’ll do it with the aide of her coaching staff at Team Alpha Male.

For Paige, having a consistent team that teaches her the right technique is part of her success.

“I think that’s something that’s always been in me. I think that’s something a lot of Team Alpha Male fighters just happen to have, that desire, that will that you have to win and the stubbornness that you won’t give up. It’s that fighter that’s born inside of you. I think that I’ve always had that my entire life. I’ve always been a fighter. I just get the technique here.”

VanZant will return to action this weekend (Sat., Sept. 5, 2015) when she takes on Alex Chambers in the opening bout of the UFC 191 pay-per-view (PPV) event.

And she’ll be on her game, too, because she knows an upset loss to Chambers — who doesn’t exactly have the same recognition and fan fare she possesses — can easily change all of that.

We shall see.

To see the finalized line up for UFC 191: “Johnson vs. Dodson 2” click here.

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WATCH! UFC just signed this undefeated karate champion

The Ultimate Fighting Championship may have made one of their best signings of the year by picking up LEGACY FC mainstay Sage Northcutt. It sounds like a name out of a movie, but the Texas native is the real deal. Northcutt is a kickboxing and sport karate champion who has been training since the age…

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