After an eventful promotional week for TUF 20, several sites are reporting the teams and opening round matches for the show, which will have its two hour premier Wednesday on Fox Sports 1.
Team Pettis (Green) : Alex Chambers, Felice Herrig, Carla Esparza, Joanne Calderwood, Ais Daly, Randa Markos Thomas, Jessica Penne, and Justine Kish
Team Melendez (Purple): Rose Namajunas, Heather Clark, Emily Kagan, Angela Magana, Tecia Torres, Lisa Ellis, Angela Hill, and Bec Rawlings.
After the teams were selected, they seeded the competitors and had each match have a representative from each time. The opening round matches contain two epic rematches – Penne vs. Ellis and Clark vs. Herrig. Here is the complete list:
Rose Namajunas vs. Alex Chambers
Heather Clark vs. Felice Herrig
Joanne Calderwood vs. Emily Peters Kagan
Aisling Daly vs. Angela Magana
Tecia Torres vs. Randa Markos Thomas
Jessica Penne vs. Lisa Ellis
Carla KristenEsparza vs. Angela Hill
Justine Kish vs. Bec Rawlings
The start of the season begins Wednesday oin Fox Sports 1.
We won’t have to wait until September to find out who made the Ultimate Fighter 20 house.
The UFC announced this week they will be doing a media day Thursday to reveal the full TUF 20 cast, including the eight fighters that have been chosen from the tryouts this past spring. The current announced list of participants that were signed from Invicta is Tecia Torres, Bec Hyatt, Felice Herrig, Carla Esparza, Alex Chambers, Rose Namajunas, Emily Peters-Kagan, and Joanne Calderwood.
Those possibles (that didn’t announce they were out or have had fights/having fight upcoming) include:
Heather Jo Clark
Remember only eight on this list will be announced as part of the show. Those italicized are the ones we are speculating are in due to record, experience, and performance.
We also caught a glimpse of Bec Rawlings and Alex Chambers, who are in town to do paperwork ,promotional shoots, and medicals The rest of the official cast should be in (if they already aren’t) tonight.
What we are hearing is there will be 8 spots plus two alternates to be selected, most likely tonight so they too can do paperwork, a promotional shoot, and medicals. After the 10 are selected, they will go through a background check and then if all is clear, the 8 will enter the house with the rest of the cast come late June.
There was no word on when the UFC would be making the rest of the cast official. They told fighters and the press not to disclose anything during this week (in other words, no social media saying “I made it”.). So fans, don’t ask because they (and us) can’t tell you.
We got interviews with most of the hopefuls, which will be streaming shortly in the next few days. Additionally, we have interviews with Miesha Tate, Amanda Nunes, and Kyra Batara.