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UFC severs ties with all but four of the Ultimate Fighter 16 contestants

TUF 16In past years the Ultimate Fighter has been a place for the attached season’s scrappers to showcase their skills at an event in hopes of earning another shot inside the Octagon rather than be relegated back to the regional scene. However, the only cast members on last weekend’s Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale from the attached run of episodes were finalists Colton Smith and Mike Ricci.

Though entertaining in spots, TUF 16 is widely said to have featured the least amount of overall talent in awhile and drew a number of critical remarks from UFC President Dana White based on what he saw during taping. Now, confirmation has come that twelve of the sixteen contestants on the Ultimate Fighter 16 were handed their releases meaning the quartet who survived the cut were champion Smith, Ricci, Neil Magny, and Jon Manley. The latter pair were the season’s semifinalists and are set to face off on February 23 at UFC 157.

MMAJunkie revealed the cast’s status while reporting a MFC title-fight involving contestant Sam Alvey and Elvis Mustapic.

Among the notable cast-members left looking for a new professional home are Dom Waters, Matt Secor, Joey Rivera, Michael Hill, Bristol Marunde, and mohawk’d madman Julian Lane who also will be looking for another avenue to let him bang (bro).


  • AlphaOmega says:

    Do they always announce who they kept and who they released? Or did they make a special case of it this year?

  • MCM says:

    I think they made a special case. They usually keep around half the guys that win their first fight in the house and put them on prelims to see how they do. I’m actually surprised they’re keeping Magny and Manley but I’m guessing they’ll cut the loser. This was by far the worst year of fights, and I think Dana is trying to make a statement to future TUF contestants.

  • MCM says:

    Hey Brendhan,
    How come half the time I post something it takes forever to load then tells me the site is down? I click refresh and it tells me I’m posting a duplicate comment.

    Anyone else having this problem?

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I did have that problem there for the longest time, but it’s cleared up for me for a bit, I brought it up in another article and 4 or 5 other people said it was happening to them too.


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