Ultimate Fighter 9 cast revealed
Long hailed as the saving grace of mixed martial arts in the U.S.,
This season features a different take on the formula that the show has followed for the past eight seasons. Season nine still pits two teams of 16 fighters against each other -- eight welterweights and eight lightweights per team -- but the fighters are divvied up into a team of U.K. fighters versus a team of U.S. fighters.
The two teams will then go through much of the same format as past shows, fighting their way into the finals to declare a welterweight and a lightweight winner. The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Live Finale will take place on June 20 at the Pearl in Las Vegas.
Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports on Monday released the list of the 32 contestants for this season, broken out into the various weight categories and country they represent.