TUF 24: Kai Kara-France & Charlie Alaniz picked for flyweight tournament

The UFC formally announced the 16 fighters that will make up the latest cast for The Ultimate Fighter this morning.

TUF, which is in its 24th season, will feature flyweights handpicked by the promotion and will be coached by former title contenders Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo. The winner of the tournament will challenge current champion Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight title at the TUF 24 Finale which will take place in December in Las Vegas. Benavidez and Cejudo will fight in the co-main event. 

Kiwi stand out Kai Kara-France will be looking to impress, as will current Hex FS title holder Charlie Alaniz, as they take on a slew of current regional champs from around the world.

Filming for the new season begins at the end of the US summer with the show to air later this year in Australia on Fox Sports Australia.

The full cast is noted below:

  • Ronaldo Candido (6-0)
  • Nzkazimulo Zulu (7-2)
  • Matt Rizzo (9-2)
  • Tim Elliott (16-6)
  • Terrence Mitchell (11-2)
  • Matt Schnell (9-2)
  • Jaime Alvarez (6-1)
  • Brandon Moreno (11-3)
  • Alexandre Pantoja (16-2)
  • Damacio Page (19-10)
  • Charlie Alaniz (8-1)
  • Yoni Sherbatov (5-0-1)
  • Adam Antolin (11-3)
  • Hiromasa Ogikubo (15-3)
  • Kai Kara-France (12-5)
  • Eric Shelton (10-2)
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