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Cast of female fighters on TUF 18 reportedly revealed

TUF 18 LogoThe UFC is breaking new ground later this year based on the company’s decision to include females on the Ultimate Fighter 18, marking the first time the long-running reality franchise has featured women in both competitive and coaching roles. Based on the importance of the opportunity, a who’s who of available fighters showed up for auditions and it appears many of them made their way past the final cut.

According to a report from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer/MMAFighting, notable names like Roxanne Modafferi, Tonya Evinger, and Shayna Baszler will show up this season as will Tara LaRosa. However, some speculation remains on LaRosa’s actual involvement, as the 35-year old apparently ran into an issue with her age in terms of the casting process.

TUF 18 is scheduled to premiere on September 4 and will move from FX to FOX Sports 1. Bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey will coach a squad of eight women and eight men, all 135 pounders, against top contender Cat Zingano’s team with the goal of creating an Ultimate Fighter champ in each division.

Read below for the complete list of fighters linked to the show:

Shayna Baszler (15-8)
Raquel Pennington (3-3)
Colleen Schneider (4-4)
Roxanne Modafferi (15-10)
Marcia Allen (3-1)
Jessamyn Duke (2-1)
Tonya Evinger (11-6)
Valerie Letourneau (4-3)
Lia Mata’afa (0-0)
Gina Mazany (3-0)
Katie Merrill (1-1)
Peggy Morgan (2-0)
Julianna Pena (4-2)
Revelina Berto (3-1)
Bethany Marshall (4-1)
Tara LaRosa (21-3)
Ashlee Evans-Smith (1-0)


  • MCM says:

    The fact the Larosa would even be considered for TUF as opposed to just getting signed outright is outrageous. She’s been the #1 ranked women’s fighter for years. I know some people say she’s on the down side of her career (and that she normally fights at 125lbs), but I think she’s still got the goods to hang with anyone in the division.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    I hope Cat brings in Cyborg as a special coach for a day.
    This is gonna be one crazy season!

  • AlphaOmega says:

    If the UFC lets her, they have pre-approval of all sub-coaches brought in. They wouldn’t let Big Country bring in King Mo as his wrestling coach.


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