The full cast for The Ultimate Fighter Season 25 has been unveiled, revealing a host of familiar names as the UFC brings back former fighters to compete for another chance to shine in the Octagon.
Two former TUF winners are included in the 14-man line-up, with the most notable being Joe ‘Daddy’ Stevenson, who won TUF Season 2 and would go on to fight 16 times for the UFC, going 8-8 overall and at one stage fought BJ Penn for the lightweight title.
THe other TUF winner on-board is Eddie Gordon who won the 19th season of the show, but then suffered a three-fight losing streak before being released in 2015.
Curiously, James Krause is also on-board, despite the fact that he’s still a current UFC fighter on a two-fight winning streak.
Other notable names include Seth Baczynski, who has fought 11 times for the UFC in the past, going 5-6, and Ramsey Nijem, who went 4-4 during his previous run in the Octagon.
One of the most experienced fighters on the list is Jesse Taylor, who is best known for making it to the final of TUF Season 7 and then just days later being kicked off the show for bad behavior.
The well-travelled Taylor has since fought for a string of promotions like WSOF, DREAM, Strikeforce, KSW and MFC over the years, compiling an overall 30-15 record.
Check out the full list of TUF 25 competitors below.
Seth Baczynski – 20-14, 35, Gilbert, Ariz.
Julian Lane – 11-6, 29, Mansfield, Ohio
Mehdi Baghdad – 11-5, 31, Los Angeles, Calif.
Dhiego Lima – 12-5, 28, Dacula, Ga.
Justin Edwards – 9-5, 34, Bellefontaine, Ohio
Ramsey Nijem – 9-6, 28, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tom Gallicchio – 19-9, 30, Temecula, Calif.
Gilbert Smith – 12-6, 35, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Eddie Gordon – 8-4, 33, Freeport, N.Y.
Joe Stevenson – 33-16, 34, Victorville, Calif.
Hayder Hassan – 6-3, 34, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Jesse Taylor – 30-15, 34, Temecula, Calif.
James Krause – 23-7, 30, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Hector Urbina – 17-10, 29, Coconut Creek, Calif.