September 26, 2020

The Ultimate Fighter 28 cast revealed, featuring female featherweights

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.

Invicta FC’s Katharina Lehner moves up from bantamweight to compete on TUF 28.

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.


16 thoughts on “The Ultimate Fighter 28 cast revealed, featuring female featherweights

  1. Sad for Cindy but the other vets are just too old and unexciting to worry about. It’s understandable why the UFC want nothing to do with Dandois, unfair as it may be, her substandard striking is just bad for the brand.

    The girls chosen are young and include some genuine 145 pound prospects. The smaller girls will move to 135 and whether they deserve to be there ahead of other 135 prospects is another matter.

    I’m especially looking forward to Pacheco, she was so young during her previous UFC stint and has developed into a genuine featherweight.old

    1. Hell yes! Larissa Pacheco has developed so much after she got her arm broken at 19yrs old. She is a true Featherweight

      check out larissapacheco[dot]com

  2. This is a shame! The UFC doesnt seem to wanna build the division. Dandois and sorenson should be signed already!

  3. The UFC must know that they have cast girls who prefer to fight at 135 and given the first opportunity will drop down.

    Though Pannie is a big 135er she can easily make the weight when she wants too, in her most recent fight she weighed 133.
    Leah had one short notice featherweight fight for invicta but said in all her interviews before it she prefers to fight at 135.
    Katharina during her last 145lbs fight posted on Instagram that she hardly has to cut any weight and cant wait until she is back in her true division.
    Marciea literally has never had a fight at 145lb before.

    1. I think you nailed it, Kristen. The UFC’s BW division is pretty depleted right now. After Cyborg’s contract expires, I figure the UFC will write off the featherweight division as a failed experiment and look to replenish 135 with the most promising prospects.

  4. Promotional bull-crap explains the picks, but the UFC is not about the educated fight fan.
    Personally, I like Cindy Dandois’s ground game, but I can see why the “casuals” would not care for her.

  5. Dandois even admitted recently that her striking needs to improve when I heckled her on Twitter. That stinker she put on in the UFC is going to haunt her pro career when it comes to getting on big stages in North America.

  6. Here’s an abbreviated overview of those picked:
    – Larissa Pacheco – 11-2-0 True FW, 5’8” Notable win: Irene Aldana; Notable loss: Jessica Andrade who’s now a SW
    – Pannie ‘Banzai’ Kianzad – 10-3-0; 5’7 BW; Notable win: Lina Lansberg; Losses to Kaufman, Pa’aluhi & Evinger
    – Katharina Lehner – 7-1-0; 5’6 BW; Notable Win: Alexa Connors; Loss to Kaufman
    – Marciea ‘Black Widow’ Allen – 7-2-0; 5’7 BW; Win over Julia Avila, who in turn has beaten Nicco Montano and Marion Reneau.
    – Leah ‘Nidas’ Letson – 4-1-0; 5’7 FW, Win over Elizabeth Phillips
    – Julija Stoliarenko – 4-2-2; 5’7 BW, Losses to Lucie Pudilova and Aga Niedzwiedz
    – Macy Chiasson – 2-0-0; 5’9 FW; Victory over Invicta’s Allison Schmidt
    – Bea ‘Bad News Barbie’ Malecki – 0-0-0; FW; Pro debut . 2 amateur victories over fighters w/no wins

    Half the fighters appear to be actual featherweights. Better than I expected. Unfortunately, a couple have no to almost no pro experience.

  7. WHAAAATTTT!!!! NO#1 HEADBUSTA JOZETTE COTTON????? Who chose the cast Cyborg. Congratulations to you ladies but I absolutely believe Cotton should of been a part of this cast just so everyone could watch her whoop that A**!!!

  8. Cotton wouldn’t have made weight consistently. She would have been more trouble for events, honestly. Pam, Cindy, and Ediane should have been easy picks though.

    1. As mentioned earlier, I think this is just sleight of hand to rebuild the BW division after Cyborg moves on. Cindy and Ediane have done dismally at BW and Ediane beat Pam. Pam’s most notable wins are over present flyweights Jessica-Rose Clark and Nicco Montano. Not a very noble resume.

  9. I’m excited for Leah Letson. I’ve seen her train in person and she’s got the goods. She’s also a member of the military so I have even more respect for her!

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