The Ultimate Fighter returns for a 28th season later this year, coached by UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and the next challenger for his belt, Kelvin Gastelum. The season is set to feature female featherweights and male heavyweights.
The eight female featherweights competing on the upcoming season have been announced. The news was first leaked last night by FightingToEat and had already been confirmed to WMMA Rankings by an additional source who chooses to remain unnamed.
– Larissa Pacheco – 11-2-0
– Pannie ‘Banzai’ Kianzad – 10-3-0
– Katharina Lehner – 7-1-0
– Marciea ‘Black Widow’ Allen – 7-2-0
– Leah ‘Nidas’ Letson – 4-1-0
– Julija Stoliarenko – 4-2-2
– Macy Chiasson – 2-0-0
– Bea ‘Bad News Barbie’ Malecki – 0-0-0
The chosen cast members include women who did not attend the original tryouts. Notably absent from the final cast is Cindy Dandois (12-3) who owns a submission win over UFC star Megan Anderson, as well as additional victories over Marloes Coenen, Jorina Baars and King Reina. Also absent from the list of eight are Invicta FC veterans Pam Sorenson, Ediane Gomes and Faith Van Duin. Click HERE to view the full list of 28 women who tried out for the season.
Fight fans, do you feel the right choices have been made? Who do you believe will be a standout on the 28th season of The Ultimate Fighter? Let us know in the comments section below.