The UFC announced the case for The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 on Tuesday, as former UFC champions Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin coach lightweight fighters.
Below is the complete press release and roster:
The Ultimate Fighter Latin America is officially back and has been filming its new series in Buenos Aires, Argentina since May 16th. After reaching an average of 7 million viewers per episode in Mexico and millions more viewers around Latin America during season one, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America is set to premiere starting the week of August 20 on UFC Fight Pass® for the US, UFC Network in all Latin America, Channel 5 in Mexico and other free-to-air networks throughout Latin America.
For 2016, UFC has recruited talent from all over the region and divided them into two teams: Team Liddell and Team Griffin. Both teams will represent a combination of Latin American countries including: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela.
For the first time, two Hall of Famers coach opposite each other as Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin will be the official coaches of the third Spanish speaking series of the reality show. In this tenth international edition of the most challenging sports tournament on television, Liddell will lead a team of eight lightweight (155lbs) fighters against Griffin’s squad of eight similarly divided fighters from Latin American countries.
Both Liddell and Griffin will have the assistance of six of the most important Latin American coaches in MMA to help out with the training sessions. The coaches are listed in alphabetical order (Name, city)
LATIN AMERICAN COACHES
Iván Ibérico, Lima, Peru
Raúl Salas, Mexico City, Mexico
Mike Valle, Chicago, Illinois
Raúl Arvizu, Tijuana, Mexico
Eduardo Duarte, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Francisco Grasso, Guadalajara, Mexico
The list of competitors includes fighters hailing from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela. The competitors are listed in alphabetical order (Name, Professional MMA record, Age, Hometown):
John Bedoya (5-0-0), 25, Bogota, Colombia
Martin Bravo (11-0-0), 22, Rosarito, Mexico
Yasser Castillo (5-1-0), 32, Nagarote, Nicaragua
Santiago Cárdenas (4-2-0), 30, Castro, Chile
Ilianovich Chalo (11-0-0), 34, Maracay, Venezuela
José David Flores (5-1-1), 30, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Javier Ganin (10-5-0),30, Mar del Plata, Argentina
Alejandro Martínez (11-1-0), 25, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Claudio Puelles (7-1-0), 20, Lima, Peru
Fabian Quintanar (13-2-0), 29, Tijuana, Mexico
Leonardo Rodríguez (11-2-1), 31, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
Marcelo Rojo (13-4-0), 28, Cordoba, Argentina
Pablo Sabori (5-0), 24, San Luis Río Colorado, México
Juan Villaseca (5-0-0), 24, Talagante Chile
Miguel Villegas (3-1-0), 21, Tijuana, Mexico
Walter Zamora (9-2-0), 26, San Jose, Costa Rica