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UFC HALL OF FAMERS CHUCK LIDDELL AND FORREST GRIFFIN ARE NAMED HEAD COACHES FOR THE 3RD SEASON OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER LATIN AMERICA


Team Liddell vs. Team Griffin is set to begin filming late spring in Buenos Aires, Argentina with a culminating finale programmed for November 5 in Mexico City at Arena Ciudad de Mexico; Series slated to air in August on UFC Network, Televisa’s Channel 5 in Mexico, UFC FIGHT PASS and additional Free-to-Air Networks in Latin America


For the first time in UFC history, the The Ultimate Fighter series will feature two UFC legends and Hall of Famers, Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, as coaches in the first season to be filmed and produced in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now entering its third season, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America will begin its production in late spring with an airing date set for August 2016. The season’s finale is slated for November 5 in Mexico City, Mexico at Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

The first Spanish speaking series of the reality show, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, was launched in 2004 reaching an average of seven million viewers per episode in Mexico and millions more viewers around Latin America. The second season followed the footsteps of the first with viewership in UFC Network, Chanel 5 and 14 free-to-air networks. For 2016, UFC has recruited talent from all over the region and divided them into two teams: Team Liddell and Team Griffin. Both teams will represent a combination of Latin American countries. The series will also include special guest appearances by additional UFC athletes brought in by both coaches to enrich their team’s training experience.

Widely considered as one of the greatest UFC athletes of all time, Chuck Liddell is one of the biggest superstars the organization has ever produced. With his stone “Iceman” persona, striking Mohawk haircut and terrifying knockout power, Liddell helped UFC’s popularity explode during his reign as UFC light heavyweight champion. Liddell boasts an impressive and legendary 12-year career that is followed by his retirement in 2010 and immediate induction into the UFC Hall of Fame. Liddell was a coach on the original series of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005, dominating the competition with his team winning both the light heavyweight and middleweight tournaments.

Coaching opposite Liddell is another UFC icon, Forrest Griffin. No mixed martial artist in the world is as closely associated with The Ultimate Fighter than Griffin, who won the very first season’s light heavyweight tournament under the tutelage of Liddell. More importantly, Griffin’s breathtaking finale victory over Stephan Bonnar in April 2005 is the fight that secured UFC’s status as a rising cultural phenomenon. Griffin won the UFC light heavyweight title in 2008, retired in 2012 and like Chuck, was then inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Both Liddell and Griffin have had a storied history with The Ultimate Fighter. The Iceman continued his journey in the reality series, keeping his perfect coaching record intact as his athlete won the season 11 tournament. Like Liddell, Griffin holds a perfect record as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter; returning to the series in 2008 to not only coach the eventual winner, but also three of the four semi-finalists.

The Ultimate Fighter series follows athletes training and competing against each other for a prized UFC contract, all while living under one roof. The complete list of athletes and respective weight classes will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The series is set to air August 2016 on UFC Network, Televisa’s Chanel 5 in Mexico, UFC FIGHT PASS® and additional free-to-air networks in Latin America. UFC Network subscribers will also get the chance to catch replays and watch exclusive content on the channel as well as on ufcnetwork.com.

The season finale will be featured during a live event November 5, in Mexico City at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. The card will host the final bouts of the series, crowning the winners of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America season 3. Further event and ticket details will be released at a later date.

“We have come a long way from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter,” said Liddell. “I feel honored to be a part of the Latin American series. We have great fighters competing in the region and I’m excited to get a chance to train them and teach them a few things I learned during my career. Expect a great finale in Mexico City November 5.”

"I’m very excited to be participating in The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3,” added Griffin. “I know how much of a competitor Chuck is so I will be bringing my A game. UFC is still very new in Latin America and for that reason I am thrilled to be a part of this opportunity in helping grow the sport in the region.”

In addition to Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, The Ultimate Fighter has launched the careers of more than 100 UFC athletes and produced additional champions such as Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, TJ Dillashaw as well as season winners including Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader and Nate Diaz. Mexican American Tony Ferguson captured the season 13 lightweight title, while Diego Sanchez, also of Mexican descent, was the first-ever winner of the franchise as a middleweight. Sanchez defeated Kenny Florian, an athlete of Peruvian descent, at The Ultimate Fighter 1 finale in 2005. The Ultimate Fighter Latin America season 2 coaches, Efrain Escudero and Kelvin Gastelum, proved their talents with Escudero winning season 8 of the series and Gastelum defeating the fearsome Uriah Hall in season 17.

In 2014, Mexican featherweight, Yair Rodriguez, and bantamweight competitor, Alejando Perez, were crowned season winners of the first Spanish speaking series of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America. The winners of the second season were Peruvian lightweight fighter Enrique Barzola and Mexican welterweight Erick Montaño.

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The Ultimate Fighter LATAM Season 3: Team Liddell vs Team Griffin - CAST REVEAL‏


The Ultimate Fighter Latin America is officially back and has been filming its new series in Buenos Aires, Argentina since May 16th. After reaching an average of 7 million viewers per episode in Mexico and millions more viewers around Latin America during season one, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America is set to premiere starting the week of August 20 on UFC Fight Pass for the US, UFC Network in all Latin America, Channel 5 in Mexico and other free-to-air networks throughout Latin America. For 2016, UFC has recruited talent from all over the region and divided them into two teams: Team Liddell and Team Griffin. Both teams will represent a combination of Latin American countries including: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela.

For the first time, two Hall of Famers coach opposite each other as Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin will be the official coaches of the third Spanish speaking series of the reality show. In this tenth international edition of the most challenging sports tournament on television, Liddell will lead a team of eight lightweight (155lbs) fighters against Griffin’s squad of eight similarly divided fighters from Latin American countries.

Both Liddell and Griffin will have the assistance of six of the most important Latin American coaches in MMA to help out with the training sessions. The coaches are listed in alphabetical order (Name, city)


LATIN AMERICAN COACHES:


TEAM LIDDELL:

Iván Ibérico, Lima, Peru
Raúl Salas, Mexico City, Mexico
Mike Valle, Chicago, Illinois


TEAM GRIFFIN:

Raúl Arvizu, Tijuana, Mexico
Eduardo Duarte, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Francisco Grasso, Guadalajara, Mexico


The list of competitors includes fighters hailing from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela. The competitors are listed in alphabetical order (Name, Professional MMA record, Age, Hometown):


LIGHTWEIGHTS:

John Bedoya (5-0-0), 25, Bogota, Colombia
Martin Bravo (11-0-0), 22, Rosarito, Mexico
Yasser Castillo (5-1-0), 32, Nagarote, Nicaragua
Santiago Cárdenas (4-2-0), 30, Castro, Chile
Ilianovich Chalo (11-0-0), 34, Maracay, Venezuela
José David Flores (5-1-1), 30, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Javier Ganin (10-5-0),30, Mar del Plata, Argentina
Alejandro Martínez (11-1-0), 25, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Claudio Puelles (7-1-0), 20, Lima, Peru
Fabian Quintanar (13-2-0), 29, Tijuana, Mexico
Leonardo Rodríguez (11-2-1), 31, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
Marcelo Rojo (13-4-0), 28, Cordoba, Argentina
Pablo Sabori (5-0), 24, San Luis Río Colorado, México
Juan Villaseca (5-0-0), 24, Talagante Chile
Miguel Villegas (3-1-0), 21, Tijuana, Mexico
Walter Zamora (9-2-0), 26, San Jose, Costa Rica


Fans, who do not have access to UFC Network, will have the chance to catch up on the following networks: Bolivia: Red Uno, Mexico: Channel 5, Nicaragua: Viva Nicaragua, Honduras: Teleprogreso, Panama: TV Max, Colombia: Win Sports, Costa Rica: TD+, Venezuela: Meridiano TV. The season will premiere on these networks the week after August 24th, though dates and weekly episodes will vary per country. Viewers should check their local listings for further information.

More networks will be confirmed prior to the series premiere and, additionally, subscribers to the UFC Network in Latin America will also get the chance to catch replays and watch exclusive content.

The season finale will be featured during Mexico’s fourth live event later this year. The card will host the final lightweight bout of the series, crowning the winner of The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America season 3. Further, event and ticket details will be released later this summer ahead of the scheduled pre-sale at the end of August.

The Ultimate Fighter has launched the careers of more than 100 UFC fighters and produced champions such as Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra and current bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw as well as season winners including Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader and Nate Diaz. Mexican Americans, Kelvin Gastelum, Efrain Escudero and Tony Ferguson captured the season 13 lightweight title, while Diego Sanchez, also of Mexican descent, was the first-ever winner of the franchise. Sanchez defeated Kenny Florian, a fighter of Peruvian descent, at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale in 2005. In 2014, Mexican featherweight fighter, Yair Rodriguez, and bantamweight competitor, Alejando Perez, were crowned season winners of the first Spanish speaking series of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America.

In 2015, Peruvian lightweight fighter, Enrique Barzola, and Mexican welterweight, Erik Montaño, were crowned season winners of the second season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America.

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