New York, NY, February 28, 2011 – The 13th season of Spike TV’s popular original series, “The Ultimate Fighter” will feature 14 of the best unsigned mixed martial artists in the welterweight division (170 lbs) competing for a six-figure contract with the preeminent mixed martial organization in the world, The Ultimate Fighting Championship®.   The new season premieres Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM ET/PT featuring Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos as coaches, two of the most intriguing figures in the sport of mixed martial arts.

From San Diego, CA to New Orleans, LA, to Dusseldorf, Germany, the 14 fighters have all gathered in Las Vegas with one goal – to become the next “The Ultimate Fighter.”  During the ten episode run of the show, under the tutelage of coaches Lesnar and dos Santos, the competitors endure a grueling regimen of jiu-jitsu, judo, Muay Thai, karate, boxing and wrestling.  The intense competition among the fighters continues after they leave the gym – at the Ultimate Fighter House.  These warriors must live together, knowing that any day they might be forced to fight each other in the famed UFC Octagon.

The two finalists will square off in a live finale on Spike TV Saturday, June 4, where the winner will be declared “The Ultimate Fighter” and net the six-figure contract.  UFC President Dana White will once again serve as host of the series.

The following are the members of this season’s cast:

  • Name: Nordin “Fist of Tangier” Asrih

Age: 32

Trains: Dusseldorf, Germany – Pride Gym

MMA record: 16-5-1

  • Name: Shamar Bailey

Age: 28

Trains: Indianapolis, IN – Integrated Fighting Systems

MMA record: 10-3

  • Name: Len “The Liger” Bentley

Age: 27

Trains: Olympia, WA – Victory Athletics

MMA record: 9-4-0

  • Name: Michael “Mick” Bowman

Age: 26

Trains: Liverpool, England – Wolfslair

MMA record: 7-2-0

  • Name: Keon “The Black Assassin” Caldwell

Age: 26

Trains: Moultrie, GA – Team Reality

MMA record: 8-1

  • Name: Chris “C-Murder” Cope

Age: 28

Trains: San Diego, CA – Arena MMA

MMA record: 4-1

  • Name: Zachary Davis

Age: 26

Trains: Rockville, MD – Evolve / Team Lloyd Irvin

MMA record: 4-1-0

  • Name: Anthony “El Cucuy” Ferguson

Age: 26

Trains: Ventura, CA – Knuckleheadz Boxing

MMA record: 10-2-0

  • Name: Clay Harvison

Age: 30

Trains: Marietta, GA – X3 Sports

MMA record: 6-1-0

  • Name: Myles “Fury” Jury

Age: 22

Trains: San Diego, CA – Victory

MMA record: 9-0

  • Name: Ryan McGillivray

Age: 24

Trains: Edmonton, Alberta Canada – Legends Training Centre

MMA record: 11-4-1

  • Name: Ramsey Nijem

Age: 22

Trains: Orem, UT – River Academy / The Pit

MMA record: 4-1-0

  • Name: Charlie “Superstar” Rader

Age: 29

Trains: New Orleans, LA – Power MMA

MMA record: 16-5

  • Name: Javier “Chunty Boy” Torres

Age: 25

Trains: Las Vegas, NV – Team Tompkins

MMA record: 3-0-0

Extended bios for this year’s cast can be found at ultimatefighter.com. During the season, viewers can also find exclusive extended footage from each episode, an exclusive video leak of the upcoming episode, and five episodes of the popular web series “The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath,” hosted by UFC veteran Stephan Bonnar.

Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White of Zuffa, LLC, and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are the show’s executive producers.   Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, sports & specials, Spike TV is co-executive producer and Christopher Martello is executive in charge of production for Spike TV.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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