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Via Wrestling Observer (subscription only), Dave Meltzer has released what appears to be the rumored female cast for the upcoming season of 'The Ultimate Fighter.' UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will appear opposite Cat Zingano as the program's first ever female coaches. The pair will coach teams consisting of men and women, bantamweights all.

While Meltzer makes clear that this list was not provided to him by anyone at UFC or FOX, he claims the names of the 16 female fighters did come from a reliable source. We do know that each of these rumored cast members did, in fact, try out for the show. As the UFC has yet to release the cast officially, we're forced to tread lightly.

Although some contestants have fought either below or above 135lbs, the cast will be expected to compete at bantamweight. Below we take a quick look at each name on the rumored cast sheet, along with some
additional commentary from Meltzer.


Revelina Berto -- (3-1)
At 23, Berto's only loss comes via the 6'1 Peggy Morgan, the next woman on our list. The daughter of former UFC fighter Dieuseul Berto, Revelina will be making the cut from featherweight. She also has two pro fighters as brothers.

"[Dieuseul's] two sons are professional fighters, as Andre is a well known pro boxer with a 28-2 record, whose two losses came in the 2011 fight of the year to Victor Ortiz, and last year to Robert Guerrero in the fight that got Guerrero his shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr. this weekend. Her other older brother, Edson, is an MMA fighter who was a regular with the Elite XC promotion. Revalina is 23 years old, has a 3-1 record, and is cutting from 145."

(video) Jessica Bednark vs. Revelina "Nana" Berto

Peggy Morgan -- (2-0)

The tallest rumored competitor at 6'1, Morgan has two decision wins under her belt, one being over Berto. She'll also be cutting down from featherweight.

(video) Jen Rivera vs Peggy Morgan Mar 17, 2012

Colleen Schneider -- (4-4)

Once dropping a decision loss to Liz Carmouche in Strikeforce, the 31 year-old has become a regular in India's Super FIght League.

(video) MMA in India: Super Fight League 6: Colleen Schneider Vs Aya Saber

Jessamyn Duke -- (2-1)

"The 5-foot-11 Duke, is 26 years old and has a fitness model body. She's coming off a controversial knockout loss to Miriam Nakamoto on the 4/5 Invicta show. She 2-1 as a pro, all with Invicta, and 5-2 as an amateur."

(video) Jessamyn Duke (1-0) vs. Marciea Allen (1-0) Invicta FC 3

Bethany Marshall (4-1)
Coming up from flyweight, Marshal most recently suffered a second-round TKO loss to Barb Honchak at Invicta FC 2.

(video) Bethany Marshall vs. Barb Honchak

Valerie Letourneau -- (4-3)
The 30 year old Canadian has been fighting as a pro since 2006.

"She was beaten early on by Sarah Kaufman and Alexis Davis. She is Montreal's only pro female fighter and trains at Tri Star Gym with Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald."

(video) Valerie Létourneau spars Thai Tuff Girl Lamduan

Ashlee Evans-Smith -- (1-0)
Coming down from 145lbs, Evans-Smith is a regular in the Las Vegas Tuff- N-Uff promotion.

(video) Ashlee Evans-Smith vs Veronica Rothenhausler

Gina Mazany -- (3-0)

"A former 145-pounder from Anchorage with a 3-0 pro record, who debuted in 2008."

Julianna Pena -- (4-2)
Pena is currently riding a two-fight losing streak as she moves up in weight to 135lbs.

(video) Julianna Pena "Venezuelan Vixen" vs. Rachel Suatez

Katie Merrill (1-1)

"A 1-1 fighter who lost recently in Bellator to world boxing champion Holly Holm."

(video) Katie Merrill vs. male purple belt at Grappler's Quest

Marcia Allen -- (3-1)

Allen notably has a submission loss to fellow cast mate Jessamyn Duke.

(video) Marciea Allen vs Kari Lichtenwalner

Tara LaRosa -- (21-3)

At 35, LaRosa is one of the wily veterans of the bunch. While she's spent a bit of her career at flyweight, she recently missed weight prior to her fight with Vanessa Porto at Invicta FC 3. It was also rumored that LaRosa had been turned down by the UFC due to her age, but appears here none the less.

"She was on a national ESPN news show as the main voice on an investigative show that knocked Strikeforce and Elite XC building around Gina Carano for her looks, with the idea that LaRosa was really the best U.S. female fighter but Carano got all the opportunities. She also had a really ugly back-and-forth radio interview a few years back with Miesha Tate."

(video) Tara LaRosa (21-2) vs. Vanessa Porto (14-5) Invicta FC 3

Roxanne Modafferi -- (15-10)
A pro since 2003, Modafferi hasn't earned a win since her 2010 split decision over Tara LaRosa and has since lost five straight. She's also infamous for being on the business end of a nasty Sarah Kaufman body slam back in the Strikeforce days.

"She fought most of the big names of the early days, including splitting two matches with LaRosa, splitting two with Marloes Coenen, winning two of three over Megumi Yabushita and has also beaten Vanessa Porto and lost to Sarah Kaufman."

(video) Sarah Kaufman vs. Roxanne Modafferi KO Body Slam

Tonya Evinger -- (11-6)
Evinger is a former amateur wrestler who's won three straight since dropping a decision to Sara McMann in 2011.

"[Evinger] is best known for losing a 2007 fight with Gina Carano on an Elite XC show in Honolulu. Evinger, a lesbian, was noted for the quote before the fight, saying that Carano was so good looking she didn't know if she wanted to punch her or kiss her."

(video) Sara McMann vs Tonya Evinger Titan FC 19

Lia Mata'afa -- (0-0)
While she's yet to make a professional debut, Lia Mata'afa earned a 4-1 amateur record under the tutelage of Chris Leben.

"She was a two-time girls state champion at 140 pounds, pinning all but one opponent in the first round, and beat a number of boys, and was a standout in every sport she did. She played varsity rugby at Boston University and is currently a member of the American Samoan national rugby team, and barely missed out on qualifying for the 2012 Olympics as a wrestler, placing fifth in an international qualifying meet."

(video) Lia's MMA Debut

Raquel Pennington -- (3-3)
Pennington is 1-2 fighting under the Invicta banner, including a submission loss to TUF coach, Cat Zingano.

(video) Raquel Pennington (3-1) vs. Cat Zingano (6-0) Invicta FC 3

Shayna Baszler -- (15-8)
A grappling specialist, 14 of Baszler's 15 wins have come via submission.

"She once lost to Cris Cyborg on an Elite XC show on CBS, and was in two fight of the nights in her three Invicta bouts (fights she lost to Alexis Davis and Sara McMann)."

(video) Shayna Baszler Vs. Sara McMann - Invicta FC 2
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5/2/13 9:02 PM
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Unless I'm counting wrong isnt that 17 names?

Bazeler
Pennington
Mata'afa
Evinger
Modafferi
LaRosa
Allen
Pena
Merrill
Mazany
Smith
Marshall
Duke
Letourneau
Schneider
Morgan
Berto
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If true this is a good cast, Bazler, Royx, Evinger, LaRosa with new blood like Duke and Berto among other prospects.

Would be a good cast.

Now I just hope the UFC werent dumb enough to let guys like Josh Hill and Chris Holdsworth go, if they dont make the show it will be an embarrassment.
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This is a good list if true. I am glad to see many experienced fighters make the list. Their better days may be behind them, but I am glad they get a shot at the UFC.
5/2/13 9:16 PM
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I heard Josh Hill tried out. I haven't heard many other names on the mens side. Does that make him the early favorite?
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Will this be whittled down do you think? Fights to get into the house?
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It doesn't mention it, but back in the day, Roxy also beat Jennifer Howie(#1 in the world at the time) twice. Phone Post
5/2/13 9:24 PM
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HighFreq - I heard Josh Hill tried out. I haven't heard many other names on the mens side. Does that make him the early favorite?

Josh Hill
Chris Holdsworth

They are both unbeaten nad were ranked 3 and 4 top BW prospects by Bloodyelbow scouting report.

also Sirwan Kakai I believe tried out.

think Cub's brother tried out, Cody Gibson, I think Sharkbait tried out, he was a top ranked FW prospect who hasnt fought since Sept 2011 due to injury.

There are others I'm forgetting but if they pick the right guys they will have a very good cast with some really good prospects.

5/2/13 9:25 PM
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Ioucounu - Will this be whittled down do you think? Fights to get into the house?

Yes they will fight to get into the house, 8 men and 8 women.

Or 7/7 with the wildcard but I hope they dont do that this season, would rather they take an extra fighter than give another fighter a second chance.

all the girls who make the house will get into the UFC anyway.
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Chris27 - Unless I'm counting wrong isnt that 17 names?

Bazeler
Pennington
Mata'afa
Evinger
Modafferi
LaRosa
Allen
Pena
Merrill
Mazany
Smith
Marshall
Duke
Letourneau
Schneider
Morgan
Berto
Fallon Fox will be the 18th. Will show up kimbo style a-la season 10 Phone Post 3.0
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Ioucounu - Will this be whittled down do you think? Fights to get into the house?

Yes they will fight to get into the house, 8 men and 8 women.

Or 7/7 with the wildcard but I hope they dont do that this season, would rather they take an extra fighter than give another fighter a second chance.

all the girls who make the house will get into the UFC anyway.
Unless it's a boring ass season haha. Phone Post
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So the women do have to fight to get into the house. That sucks for 8 of the women, because it seems almost impossible to make it back to the ufc after losing in the opening round. Very few people have actually done it. Costa Philippou, Pablo Garza and Josh Clopton are the only ones I can think of, that have done it. Phone Post
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Ioucounu - Will this be whittled down do you think? Fights to get into the house?

Yes they will fight to get into the house, 8 men and 8 women.

Or 7/7 with the wildcard but I hope they dont do that this season, would rather they take an extra fighter than give another fighter a second chance.

all the girls who make the house will get into the UFC anyway.

Do you know how they normally determine who fights who to get into the house? Random draw? Judging by that list, these women vary dramatically in their experience level.
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I hope Duke gets to mop the mat with Allen again Phone Post
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HighFreq - I heard Josh Hill tried out. I haven't heard many other names on the mens side. Does that make him the early favorite?
I heard this too and think he's prob in Phone Post 3.0
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As long as Roxy and Tara make it, I'm happy. Would like to see Duke and Baszler in the house too, but I won't be that picky, lol. Phone Post 3.0
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HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe -  So the women do have to fight to get into the house. That sucks for 8 of the women, because it seems almost impossible to make it back to the ufc after losing in the opening round. Very few people have actually done it. Costa Philippou, Pablo Garza and Josh Clopton are the only ones I can think of, that have done it. Phone Post

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I hope

Roxy
Tara
Bazler
Duke
Berto

make it.
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Chris27 -
HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe -  So the women do have to fight to get into the house. That sucks for 8 of the women, because it seems almost impossible to make it back to the ufc after losing in the opening round. Very few people have actually done it. Costa Philippou, Pablo Garza and Josh Clopton are the only ones I can think of, that have done it. Phone Post

Jimmo
Damn, I thought of Jimmo before I started writing too, but I completely forgot once I started writing names. Thank you. Phone Post
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And Jimmo also had to win like 10 fucking fights in a row, to get back. Phone Post
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some named on that, are just not ufc standards. if they make it all the way through tuf to the octagon it will be embrrassingly awful 

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some named on that, are just not ufc standards. if they make it all the way through tuf to the octagon it will be embrrassingly awful 


If they make it through TUF, they would have proved they are worth it.
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the most promising prospect to come out of hawaii since the hilo kid

 

 


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