Cast Announced For TUF 19: Edgar Vs. Penn

The UFC has released the cast for season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter, which will feature former champions Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn as head coaches.

641F1B3F-8B8F-48BD-B571-0139D2134D24The first episode airs April 16 on FOX Sports 1 and will feature two hours of action. Thirty-one fighters have been announced, leaving one spot in one of the two tournaments – either middleweight or light heavyweight.

“Frankie Edgar is a guy who many believed should have fought at 145 pounds but fought at 155 pounds and beat everybody including BJ Penn – twice,” said UFC president Dana White. “This kid went from being a one-dimensional wrestler to having some of the best hands, knockouts and toe-to-toe wars.

“BJ Penn is one of the legends in the sport. He basically built the 155-pound division in the sport and had championship belts at 155 and 170 pounds. I can’t wait to see this third fight.”

Some of the more notable names include former Bellator champion Lyman Good, Irish prospect Cathal Pendred, Dhiego Lima and Nordine Taleb.

Taleb was actually a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia.

Below is the complete roster for the show:

Corey Anderson (3-0), 24, Lincoln, Ill.

Cathal Pendred (13-2), 26, Dublin, Ireland

Kelly Anundson (6-1), 29, Deerfield Beach, Fla.

John Poppie (3-1), 24, Ettrick, Wis.

Anton Berzin (3-1), 24, Philadelphia, Pa.

Doug Sparks (7-2), 31, Bloomington, Ind.

Josh Clark (7-2), 29, Richmond, Ky.

Daniel Spohn (8-3), 29, Columbus, Ohio

Chris Fields (8-4), 30, Dublin, Ireland

Joshua Stansbury (4-2), 29, East Liverpool, Ohio

Matthew Gabel (8-3), 28, Le Mars, Iowa

Ian Stephens (4-0), 25, Ringgold, Ga.

Lyman Good (15-3), 28, New York, N.Y.

Adam Stroup (5-1), 27, Denver, Colo.

Eddie Gordon (6-1), 29, Uniondale, N.Y.

Nordine Taleb (8-2), 32, Montreal, Canada

Jacob Heun (6-3), 26, Coconut Creek, Fla.

Hector Urbina (16-8), 26, Coconut Creek, Fla.

Mike King (5-0), 30, Naples, Fla.

Matt Van Buren (6-2), 27, Chula Vista, Calif.

Tyler King (7-1), 33, North Attleboro, Mass.

Bojan Velickovic (8-2), 33, Delray Beach, Fla.

Dhiego Lima (8-1), 33, Sugar Hill, Ga.

Daniel Vizcaya (7-2), 28, Aurora, Ill.

Adrian Miles (14-5), 30, Biloxi, Miss.

Patrick Walsh (4-1), 25, Stoughton, Mass.

Tyler Minton (5-1), 26, Johnson City, Tenn.

Tim Williams (8-1), 27, Millville, N.J.

Todd Monaghan (8-2), 31, Clinton, Iowa

Roger Zapata (5-1), 27, New York, N.Y.

Cody Mumma (5-1), 30, Henderson, Colo.

Rousey Not An Option To Fill UFC 173 Role

UFC president Dana White could call Ronda Rousey and ask the female bantamweight champion to step in and fill the main event slot vacated for UFC 173 by Chris Weidman.

White, though, told Newsday that he’s “not gonna do that to her.”

Rousey is currently filming scenes for her role in “Entourage” and has targeted a return to action later in the summer. Weidman suffered a knee injury and was forced to reschedule his middleweight title defense with Lyoto Machida.

“Ronda’s not working,” White said. “She’s out doing her movie. She would, if I called her.”

White also cleared up why Vitor Belfort – Weidman’s original opponent – will not receive his shot at the title with the bout being postponed. Belfort has promised to work his way off TRT after the exemption was banned by the UFC and the Nevada Athletic Commission.

“Machida’s got the title shot,” White said. “No way Machida would give that up.”

Belfort is working to gain his fight license through the commission. He previously was suspended by the state after failing a post-fight drug test.

Is Third Hendo-Shogun Bout In The Card?

Despite putting on almost eight full rounds of incredible MMA action, Dan Henderson isn’t sure a third encounter with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is in the cards.

Henderson, who finished Rua in Brazil Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 38, also won a decision over the former champion back in 2011.

“I don’t know about (a third meeting),” said Henderson, during the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show. “I didn’t think after the first one that we could do it any better. It couldn’t have been more exciting.

“This one was close to that one. Maybe we bring the best out of each other as far as excitement goes.”

Henderson snapped a three-fight losing skid with the win and made sure to let FS1 analyst Kenny Florian know he made the wrong prediction after.

“Kenny said I was going to get knocked out and you had it backwards,” he said. “Ken, don’t count the old man out.”

Getting his hand raised left him feeling “like a big weight is off me. I finally got rid of the bad year I had last year and can look forward to having a good one this year.”

Fabio Maldonado, Alien From “Men In Black” Separated At Birth?

Urijah Faber made a very reasonable comparison involving Fabio Maldonado and a character from the hit movie “Men in Black.”

Maldonado, who battled back to score a third straight win at UFC Fight Night 38 Sunday evening over Gian Villante, is known for his ability to take an insane amount of punishment and continue moving forward.

He did that, and more, in nearly finishing Villante.

Faber posted the following on Twitter after watching the fight, giving love to Maldonado in the process.

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UFC Fight Night 38 Through Eyes Of Dana White

UFC president Dana White had a little more time to spend on Twitter Sunday night since he didn’t attend UFC Fight Night 38 in Brazil.

Instead, White fired off his thoughts through the social media site. And, as always, he didn’t hold back.

The arena in Brazil was difficult for fighters, announcers and others, as White pointed out.

The main event featured a rematch from 2011 between legends Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Henderson overcame a rough start to land his patented “H-bomb” in the third and finish the former UFC light heavyweight champion.

In the co-main event, C.B. Dollaway stunned Brazil and Cezar Ferreira, stopping him just moments into the first round.

On the Fabio Maldonado-Gian Villante early main card bout, White posted the following:

In another main card fight, Norman Parke and Leonardo Santos fought to a majority draw. Parke was deducted a point for grabbing the shorts, and White sounded off on the referee.

And of course, White took some personal shots like he enjoys doing.

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