On the heels of Fox Sport 1′s debut this weekend, the UFC has release “The Ultimate Fighter” cast; with several names we were expecting.
Among the names are veterans Tara LaRosa and Shayna Baszler, both considered the best in the sport not signed by Zuffa. Other notable names include Strikeforce vets Roxanne Modafferi and Colleen Schneider.
The newer fighters include CFA tournament participant Peggy Morgan and InvictaFC’s Jessamyn Duke (who was prominent in the TUF commercial that was revealed a few weeks ago.)
The show is set to premier September 4th on Fox Sports 1 with a two hour episode.
Here is a list and some quick bio information:
Shayna Baszler (15-8) – Currently ranked #8 in the Unified rankings, she won the Freestyle Cage Fighting tournament in 2010. She is coming off a loss to Alexis Davis at InvictaFC, the first time she has ever been submitted.
Revelina Berto (3-1) – Participant in the CFA featherweight tournament, Berto is the sister of well known boxer Andre Berto. She is coming off her first loss to fellow cast mate Peggy Morgan.
Jessamyn Duke (2-0-1) – An InvictaFC vet, Duke is coming off a no-contest to Miriam Nakamoto due to an unintentional illegal knee by Nakamoto. She went 5-2 as an ammy, and was the Tuff-n-uff and Absolute Action MMA featherweight champion. She was wearing Green on the TUF trailer, so we can assume she gets into the house and is picked by Team Rousey.
Tonya Evinger (11-6) – Evinger is a veteran of seven years, she is on three fight win streak and has notable wins over Julie Kedzie and A.J. Jenkins. The collegiate wrestling might not have made it past the first fight on the show from what we are hearing.
Laura Howarth (4-0 semi-pro) – Cage Warriors initially announced Howarth’s signing last month, but that could be here nor there if she made it in the house. Her record on Fight Finder is still listed as ammy due to her semi-pro status (England is the only place you will find this.) She finished two of her four opponents.
Tara LaRosa (21-3) – A legend in the sport, LaRosa has found herself relocated to her new home at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque. Her only losses are two fellow cast mate Roxanne Modafferi (which won Fight of the Year for 2010), Jennifer Howe, and InvictaFC flyweight contender Vanessa Porto. After a long absence from 135, it will be interesting to see her return to the higher weight class.
Valerie Letourneau (4-3) – The Canadian has finished in all of her wins, with notable losses to UFC fighters Alexis Davis and Sarah Kaufman. Should be noted she already has a fight coming up in October versus Cassie Crisano, so we don’t suspect she will make it in the house.
Bethany Marshall (4-1) – Veteran of M-1 Global, her only pro loss was to current InvictaFC flyweight champ Barb Honchak at InvictaFC 2. Before that she was on a three fight submission win streak.
Sarah Moras (3-1) – The InvictaFC vet made headlines when she defeated fellow cast mate Julianna Pena last year. Her only loss was to Raquel Pennington by decision. She has finished in all of her wins as a pro.
Peggy Morgan (2-0) – Was set to be a semi-finalist in the CFA tournament by besting cast mate Revelina Berto, she dropped out of the tournament to take part in the show. She has yet to taste defeat in her MMA career.
Gina Mazany (3-0) – Starting her pro career in 2008, she has been fighting off and on since then. The Washington native has finished two of her opponents, with her win this past March (after a four year absence from the sport) coming by way of decision.
Roxanne Modafferi (15-10) – Voted as a fan favorite fighter in 2010, Modafferi has been trying to find some momentum after suffering five straight losses, including her devastating loss to Sarah Kaufman in Strikeforce. She will be moving back up in weight, and has decided to move back to the US from Japan (her home for the past decade) to seek training full time.
Julianna Pena (4-2) – Having finished in her first four bouts, Pena would get her first loss last year to fellow cast mate Sarah Moras. She would lose via decision to DeAnna Bennett early this year. Pena has been seen hanging out with TUF coach Meisa Tate, so we won’t be surprised if she makes in the house with Team Tate blue on.
Raquel Pennington (3-3) – An InvictaFC vet, Pennington is coming off a losses to flyweight contender Leslie Smith and UFC title contender Cat Zingano. She has a notable win over fellow cast mate Sarah Moras.
Jessica Rakoczy (1-3) – Known more for her boxing prowess, Jessica Rakoczy got her first MMA win this year over Kristen Gatz. She is on a six fight win streak in boxing, and is the current WIBA super bantamweight champ.
Colleen Schneider (4-3) – The former Super Fight League flyweight champ, she gave up the title to participate in TUF. After a rocky start in Strikeforce, Schneider has found her stride in the Indian promotion finishing three straight fights. She trains out of Syndicate MMA with DEEP champion Amanda Lucas.
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