The South Florida mixed martial arts community is buzzing with the premier of (Episode 1) “The Ultimate Fighter 21: American Top Team vs. Brazilians” (TUF21: ATT vs. Blackzilians) tonight on FOX Sports 1, and rightly so. For the first time in over a decade, one of the longest running television series in history has undergone a drastic transformation, and the best part is, it all takes place right here in the Sunshine State.
As reported by Damon Martin of FOXSports.com, the 21st installment of The Ultimate Fighter features two of the biggest MMA gyms going head-to-head in the toughest tournament in sports with a $500,000 grand prize on the line. Episode 1 of TUF 21 airs tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern Time (9 p.m. CT/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT) and features some of the biggest names in the local fight scene.
Some of the fighters to look out for in this season of The Ultimate Fighter include up-and-comers (4-2) Jason Jackson of the Blackzilians and (5-0) Uros Jurusic of American Top Team, along with seasoned veterans, (18-6) Luiz Buscape (Blackzilians) and (17-7, 1 NC) Marcelo Alfaya (ATT).
Last Saturday, Jackson attended Mixed Striking Championship’s debut event, MSC 1 at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. According to the 24-year-old cast-member, TUF 21 is by far one of the most talented seasons in history. In his brief MMA career, the Jamaican-born welterweight owns victories over Michael Lilly, Michael Johnson, Efrain Cintron and Jerome Buchanan.
Finally, here’s a look at the entire 16-member cast of The Ultimate Fighter Season 21 for both the Blackzilians and American Top Team, along with their respective age, MMA record and nationalities:
TUF 21 Cast Members (American Top Team)
- (Brazil) Marcelo Alfaya (16-7, 1 NC) – 36 years-old
- (USA) Steve Carl (21-4) – 30 years-old
- (USA) Nathan Coy (14-5) – 36 years-old
- (USA) Michael Graves (4-0) – 24 years-old
- (USA) Hayder Hassan (6-1) – 32 years-old
- (USA) Sabah Homasi (8-4) – 26 years-old
- (Slovenia) Uros Jurisic (5-0) – 23 years-old
- (USA) Steve Montgomery (8-2) – 24 years-old
TUF 21 Cast Members (Blackzilians)
- (Brazil) Valdir Araujo (14-5) – 30 years-old
- (USA) Carrington Banks (3-0) – 26 years-old
- (Brazil) Luiz Buscape (18-6) – 32 years-old
- (Jamaica) Jason Jackson (4-2) – 24 years-old
- (Brazil) Vicente Luque (7-4-1) – 23 years-old
- (Brazil) Andrews Nakahara (4-2-2) – 31 years-old
- (Brazil) Felipe Portela (8-2) – 27 years-old
- (Nigeria) Kamaru Usman (5-1) – 26 years-old