We are less than two weeks away until the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 23 and the cast has been finally revealed.
Team coaches UFC champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gahdelha have already seen some drama leading up to the show, with rumors of a fight on set after taping and a war of words in the media.
On a positive side note, Claudinha Gadelha will be carrying the Olympic torch in her home town of Mossoró, Brazil June 6
Sixteen female ahletes will try to fight into the TUF house April 20th on Fox Sports 1. Five InvictaFC vets made the list. Here is a breakdwn of the fighters and what you need to know.
Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Gym: Complete MMA and Fitness
Krahn started wrestling in in high school winning a few national championships before heading to University. She stopped wrestling, but soon took up BJJ. She is coached by UFC fighter Mitch Clark and BJJ black belt Andrew McInnis.
Her only loss was by split decision.
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Hometown: Bath, Mich.
Gym: Scorpion Fighting Systems
Having an amateur record of 8-3, Cooper is known for her boxing. She is 2-1 as a pro in the sweet science and a two time state Golden Gloves champion. An InvictaFC vet, she is coming off a loss to Aspen Ladd at 125 pounds.
Hometown: Forks, Wash.
Gym: White Buffalo Warriors
Having lit up the northwest fight scene, Monegro made her InvictaFC debut in February of last year. Last July she had a “Fight of the Night” performance against fellow TUF 23 athlete Jamie Moyle.
Most known for her grappling, her striking has started to catch up to make her more of a complete fighter.
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Gym: Wolves Den
The decorated police officer has trained in karate during her formative years before taking up BJJ and boxing.
She went undefeated as an amateur, winning a one night tournament at Hook’n’Shoot before turning pro winning three straight. She is also an InvictaFC vet.
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Gym: Team Quest (California)
Having starting MMA in college, she would become a Pan-Am BJJ world champin only a few years after taking up the sport. A submission specialist, she has three armbar wins as a pro.
Her gym, Team Quest, is home to a solid women’s team including Bellator’s AJ Jenkins and InvictaFC vet Michelle Ould.
Hometown: Chewelah, Wash.
Gym: Xtreme Couture
Having gone 3-1 as an amateur (with a win over TUF 23 athlete Amy Montegro), Bailey has gone 2-0 in her pro career.
Having jumped around the country to train, Bailey landed in one of the best teams presently, Xtreme Couture, home of UFC champion Miesha Tate and TUF 20 vet Heather Clark.
Hometown: Farnborough, England
Gym: Andy Roberts BJJ
Harper spent years in Thailand, England’s Harper made it on her second try to get on TUF. Have spent a lot of time on her striking at Phunket Top Team, she returned to England to strengthen her ground game.
Hometown: Barcelona, Spain
Gym: Cerdanyola Fight Club
Like Harper, Rivera has a lot of experience on the international scene. On a five fight win streak, she could be a dark horse in the competition. She has fought as low as 105 and as heavy as 120 in her recent run. Her last fight was in 2014.
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Gym: Syndicate MMA
Originally from Animals MMA in Florida, Moyle has found a home at Syndicate with InvictaFC star Roxanne Modafferi and coach John Wood. The winner of the Tuff-n-uff strawweight tournament, she went on a run in Invicta, gaining her first pro loss last year in a “Fight of the Night” to Sharon Jacobson.
Hometown: Aurora, Colo.
Gym: 303 Training Center
Having fought all of her pro bouts under the InvictaFc banner, she had a solid record of 7-3 as an amateur. Her only pro loss was to Jamie Moyle.
Hometown: Albuquerque, N.M.
Gym: Jackson/Winkeljohn MMA
Like here teammate Holly Holm, Esquibel is a talented boxer, winning several titles in the “sweet science”. One of the top contenders for the atomweight title at Invicta, Esquibel won back to back fights, including a win over atomweight title contender Jihn Yu Frey.
Hometown: Lostwithiel, England
Gym: Koncept Gym
A seven year veteran of the sport, she is one of Europe’s top prospects. On a four fight unbeaten streak, her two losses came by doctor’s stoppage to current champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk in 2013, and a decision loss to Hanna Sillen in 2011.
Hometown: Quartz Hill, Calif.
Gym: Kings MMA
Coming from a boxing family, Lopez has shown great striking ability in her mateur career. Her last win say a 26 second TKO in 2014. She was signed to Invicta and was going to fight for the promotion, but a hand injury sidelined her in 2015.
Hometown: Darlington, England
Gym: The Lab Darlington
Having been a gymnast as a girl, Green soon turned to martial arts. She had a solid Muay Thai career before turning to MMA.
Hometown: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gym: Mike’s Gym (Netherlands)
A staple of K-1 and kickboxing, Geugjes had started to make the complete transition over to MMA, taking in several gi tournaments in Europe. Her mother was a judoka and she soon followed in her footsteps before taking up kickboxing.
Hometown: Fontana, Calif.
Gym: Millenia MMA
Teammates of UFC fighter Lorenz Larkin, Suarez won the gold in the blue belt division of the IBJJF World championships last year. Having wrestled since age three, she has won many national titles in high school.