Two Canadians Make Cast of The Ultimate Fighter Fridays
Mike Ricci, out of Tristar MMA, and Mike Hill, out of Toshido, both are listed on the field of 32.
Both Canadians will need to fight their way into the house as the premiere episode on September 14 will be two hours of elimination fights. The season will run for 13 weeks before the winner is crowned at The Ultimate Fighter Finale on December 15th. The two coaches, former UFC interim Heavyweight champion Shane Carwin and TUF champion Roy Nelson, will also fight on the finale.
UFC president Dana White commented on the Carwin/Nelson fight, “Carwin and Nelson are two guys who just can’t stand each other and Roy and I haven’t exactly seen eye to eye either – he’s been a nightmare for me to work with on this show with all his stupid BS.”
Mike Ricci (7-2) trains under Firas Zahabi at Tristar MMA in Montreal. He last fought against Tony Hervey at Ringside 13 where he won by Unanimous Decision. Prior to that fight, Ricci lost a Ringside Lightweight title fight to Daron Cruickshank, who went on to compete at The Ultimate Fighter Live last year. Ricci, ranked 7th out of Canadian Lightweights, also competed in a Bellator Lightweight tournament where he lost to eventual winner Pat Curran. Ricci is moving up a weight division to fight in The Ultimate Fighter.
Mike Hill (4-0) trains under David Lea at Toshido Fighting Arts in Kelowna. The undefeated Welterweight last fought Mike Scarcello at Aggression MMA where he won by Unanimous Decision. After fighting three times in 2011, Hill will not have fought in approximately a year prior to his The Ultimate Fighter appearance.
Here is the entire TUF Fridays cast:
Bristol Marunde, 30, Las Vegas, Nev.
Cameron Diffley, 27, Las Vegas, Nev.
Colton Smith, 25, Fort Hood, Texas via Ankeny, Iowa
Cortez Coleman, 30, Hugo, Okla.
David Michaud, 23, Pine Ridge, S.D.
Diego Bautista, 26, Lakewood, Calif.
Dom Waters, 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Eddy Ellis, 29, Olympia, Wash.,
Frank Camacho, 23, Camp Springs, Md.,
George Lockhart, 29, Atlanta, Ga.
Igor Araujo, 31, Albuquerque, N.M. via Patos De Minas, Brazil
James Chaney, 25, Klamath Falls, Ore.
Jason South, 34, West Jordan, Utah
Jerel Clark, 23, Reno, Nev.
Jesse Barrett, 26, Tempe, Ariz.
Joey Rivera, 32, Tucson, Ariz.
Jon Manley, 26, Ludlow, Mass.
Julian Lane, 25, Mansfield, Ohio
Kevin Nowaczyk, 23, Chicago, Ill.
Leo Kuntz, 28, Bismarck, N.D.
Lev Magen, 25, Las Vegas, Nev.
Matt Secor, 25, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
Max Griffin, 26, Sacramento, Calif.
Michael Hill, 25, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Mike Ricci, 26, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Neil Magny, 24, Chicago, Ill.
Nic Herron-Webb, 22, Anchorage, Alaska
Ricky Legere Jr., 26, Corona, Calif.
Saad Awad, 23, San Bernardino, Calif.
Sam Alvey, 26, Murrieta, Calif.
Tim Ruberg, 30, Harrison, Ohio
Zane Kamaka, 23, Klaianae, Hawaii