TUF 27: Undefeated Cast Announced – Katona Makes the Cut!


Las Vegas – The highly anticipated 27th season of The Ultimate Fighter will see UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic coach opposite light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Following the series, which debuts Wednesday, April 18 on FS1, the two will battle for the heavyweight crown during the 7th annual UFC International Fight Week (July 3-7) at UFC 226: MIOCIC vs. CORMIER at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, July 7.

The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated will also feature a dynamic cast of unbeaten lightweight and featherweight fighters. Each tournament winner will receive a six-figure UFC contract. The season will air for 12 consecutive Wednesdays on FS1, followed by a live finale to be announced at a later date.

Both coaches recently defended their championships at UFC 220 earlier this month in Boston.

Miocic (18-2, fighting out of Independence, Ohio) netted his historic third heavyweight title defense with a dominant decision over dangerous striker Francis Ngannou. The NCAA Division I wrestler and Cleveland Golden Gloves boxing champion has been on a tear since 2015. Going into the bout with Ngannou, the consensus “baddest man on the planet” had earned five consecutive knockout victories against Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt. Miocic now looks to lead his team to victory before further etching his name in the record books.

As for Cormier (20-1 1NC, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.), the former Olympian earned a spectacular TKO win against knockout artist Volkan Oezdemir. During his reign as light heavyweight champion, Cormier has also earned impressive title defense wins over Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. The bout against Miocic will mark his first at heavyweight since defeating Roy Nelson in 2013. Prior to joining UFC, Cormier won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix by besting Josh Barnett in the final. He now aims to join Georges St-Pierre, Conor McGregor, BJ Penn and Randy Couture as a two-division UFC champion.

Below is a full list of competitors (name, professional record, age and fighting out of):

Thailand Clark – 7-0 | 28 | Fort Worth, Texas
Joe Giannetti – 6-0 | 22 | Norwell, Mass.
John Gunther – 6-0 | 32 | Cleveland, Ohio
José Martinez Jr.– 4-0 | 27 | Lorain, Ohio
Luis Peña – 4-0 | 24 | Hillsboro, Miss. by way of Naples, Italy
Richie Smullen – 3-0-1 | 26 | Arklow, Ireland
Mike Trizano – 6-0 | 25 | Ramsey, N.J.
Allan Zuniga – 13-0 | 25 | San Miguel, Costa Rica

Jay Cucciniello – 8-0 | 31 | Malaga, Spain by way of Dublin, Ireland
Tyler Diamond – 9-0 | 26 | Oroville, Calif.
Brad Katona – 6-0 | 25 | Dublin, Ireland by way of Winnipeg, Canada
Bryce Mitchell – 9-0 | 23 | Cabot, Ark.
Suman Mokhtarian – 8-0 | 25 | Sydney, Australia
Dulani Perry – 4-0 | 31 | Houston, Texas
Kyler Phillips – 5-0 | 22 | Surprise, Ariz.
Ricky Steele – 5-0 | 29 | Boise, Ida.



10 Responses to “ TUF 27: Undefeated Cast Announced – Katona Makes the Cut! ”

  1. PegcityKid says:


    Well-loved! Thumb up 18 Thumb down 0

  2. EPerez says:

    No Keith Katona?

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  3. Extremely mma online guy says:

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  4. A Pavlić says:

    Great work Brad!

    My money is on Brad Katona to win the season

    I just hope he gets Miočić as his coach

    2 reasons to watch now!

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  5. Rich St. Albert Guy says:

    Eh der boys. Here is some truth. Andrew Mcinnes should be on this show eh! He would crush all the lightweights on this show, 1st round sub with ease

    If that BS loss to Laprise was removed he would be on the show! Everyone knows Laprise cheated!!!!

    Such BS man

    Andrew would kill Laprise now anyways

    Such BS boys! Lets start a petition to get Andrew in the UFC boys lets go!

    Just like Cardy B says man “Im rich Im Rich Im Rich!”

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  6. Grienk says:

    Great to see Brad made the TUF cast !

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  7. PegcityKid says:

    I believe McInnes had been offered a UFC contract but declined… @Rich St. Albert Guy

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 7 Thumb down 6

  8. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    Congrats to Brad Katona.

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  9. Keith G. says:

    Good Job Brad! Hard work paid off

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  10. EPerez says:

    Thailand Clark from Texas eh?

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