Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping and 'The Ultimate Fighter'

Set your DVRs, fight fans, for Spike TV on April 1, 10 p.m. as Season 9 of "The Ultimate Fighter" begins.

Coached by middleweights Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping, this season the United States of America against the United Kingdom. Insert your own American Revolution joke here.

You know the deal: 32 fighters will use the first two episodes to fight their way into the house. The final 16 will include eight lightweights and eight welterweights. "The Ultimate Fighter" finale will air live June 20 on Spike.

Team USA


Ryan Biglar: A member of team Cobra Kai in Las Vegas, Biglar is a 24-year-old jiu-jitsu artist originally from Guam.

Ray Elbe: Born and raised in Arizona, the 25-year-old Elbe (20-11) has spent parts of the last three years perfecting his muay thai skills in Phuket, Thailand.

Christian Fulgium: Fighting out of the Gladiator camp in Lafayette, Louisiana, Fulgium is a wrestler with a combined 6-2-1 mixed martial arts record.

DaMarques Johnson: Johnson, a member of Elite Performance in Salt Lake City, Utah, began training in mixed martial arts in 2001 while serving in the military. He has since amassed a 13-6 mixed martial arts record.

Kevin Knabjian: Born and raised in Chicago, Knabjian (10-3-1) wrestled at Division 1 Eastern Illinois University and graduated with a degree in Business Management. Knabjian trains out of Gilbert Grappling in Chicago.

Mark Miller: A 5'10” welterweight muay thai artist, Miller (10-4) trains out of Dino Costeas MMA and Toro Muay Thai in Chicago.

Jason Pierce: A former soccer standout at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Pierce (9-0) trains with Bettendorf's Miletich Fighting Systems camp.

Kiel Reid: Born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa, Reid (8-1) returned to the area in 2005 to take up mixed martial arts full-time with the Miletich Fighting Systems camp.


Paul Bird: A stand-up fighter, Bird (4-1) trains in West Des Moines, Iowa out of the Des Moines MMA camp.

Santino DeFranco: 26-year-old DeFranco trains out of Southwest MMA in Tempe, AZ. A 5'10” jiu-jitsu specialist, DeFranco holds a 13-4 mixed martial arts record.

Jason Dent: Sumbission specialist Dent owns and operates Griffon Brawl gym in Mentor, Ohio. He holds a combined 19-9 mixed martial arts record with bouts against Roger Huerta at UFC 63 and Gleison Tibau at UFC 68 under his belt.

Cameron Dollar: A member of Fight Factory in Colorado Springs, CO, Dollar (4-1) has trained with TUF alums Cory Hill and Noah Thomas.

Tom Hayden: Hayden, 4-0, is a ground specialist who trains out of TUF 2 alum's Jorge Gurgel camp in West Chester, OH.

Waylon Lowe: Fighting out of Jorge Gurgel's camp in Ohio, the 28-year-old Lowe owns a 5-2 mixed martial arts record.

Josh Souder: A well-rounded fighter out of Team Prodigy in Ohio, the 5'7” Souder owns a 7-2 overall mixed martial arts record.

Richie Whitson: Born and raised in Alaska, the heavy-handed Whitson holds a perfect 4-0 mixed martial arts record. He currently trains out of Temecula, CA with Team Quest.

Team UK


Dean Amarasinghe: Rough House Gym’s Amarasinghe (4-1) is a 5’10” grappler from Nottingham, England.

James Bateman: 5’10” striker Bateman (2-1) trains with Grimsby NHB in Grimsby, England.

David Faulkner: 5’9” ground specialist Faulkner trains with Wolfslair in Widnes, England. The 28-year-old born in Kirkby holds a 2-1 mixed martial arts record.

Tommy Maguire: 20-year-old Maguire trains in Wisbech, England with Tsunami Gym. The 5’7” stand-up fighter holds a 5-2 mixed martial arts record, with three wins coming via TKO.

Che Mills: Born is Gloucester, England, 6’2” welterweight Mills (7-2) trains with Mark Weir’s Range Fighting in the UK.

Nicholas Osipczak: Sporting a perfect 3-0 record, Osipczak trains in London, England with Pancrase UK.

Alex Reid: Reid trains in London, England with the London Shoot Fighters. The 33-year-old stand up artist is 10-9-1 in his twenty mixed martial arts bouts.

James Wilks: Born and raised in England, 30-year-old fighter Wilks has trained with Eric Paulson in Orange County, California since 2000. The 6’1” striker is 5-2 in his mixed martial arts career.


James Bryan: Bryan (3-1) is a 25-year-old stand up fighter from Somerset, England.

Dan James: James, 3-0, is a stand up artist fighting out of Swansea, Wales. The 5’10” fighter has won two of his fights by TKO.

Gary Kelly: Wolfslair fighter Kelly (2-1) is a 25-year-old striker from Liverpool, England.

Jeff Lawson: 5’6 lightweight Lawson (13-2) trains with Team Bulldog out of Dorset, England.

Ross Pearson: 24-year-old striker Pearson (9-3) is a member of Sunderland Jiu-Jitsu & MMA Club in Sunderland, England.

Martin Stapleton: Born in Manchester, England, 25-year-old Thai boxer Stapleton (5-1) trains with Quannum Combat Arts.

AJ Wenn: Cambs, England’s Wenn is a well-rounded fighter training out of Tsunami Gym. The 24-year-old has a 7-2 mixed martial arts record.

Andre Winner: Winner (9-2-1) trains out of Rough House in London, England.

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