'The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America': UFC Network Reveals MMA Athletes Competing In Season 3

Nikita Krylov (L) of the Ukraine and Francimar Barroso of Brazil compete in their Light Heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night 87 at Ahoy on May 8, 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

After two successful seasons, "The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America" has announced its return to the small screen for a third season. Unlike previous seasons where teams from the welterweight and lightweight divisions were showcased, the new season will only feauture fighters from one weight class: the lightweight division. 

The popular Spanish-language reality series also revealed that the forthcoming season will count the participation of UFC Hall of Famers and former UFC light heavyweight champions Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell, serving as the coaches of the two teams in the competition. 

The thrilling news was revealed earlier this week in a statement released by MMA Fighting, which also announced the six Latin American coaches and 16 MMA athletes in the competition.

Raul Arvizu (Mexico), Francisco Grasso (Mexico) and Eduardo Duarte (Brazil) will be part of Team Griffin. Team Liddell, on the other hand, counts with the help of Raul Senk (Mexico), Mike Valle (Mexico) and Ivan Iberico (Peru). 

As we countdown for the upcoming show, we introduce you to the complete cast who will go head-to-head for "The Ultimate Fighter" title in season 3.

The list posted on MMAFighting.com shows names, professional MMA record, age and nationality of the 155-pound competitors. 

  • John Bedoya (5-0-0), 25, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Martin Bravo (11-0-0), 22, Rosarito, México
  • 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, México 
  • Claudio Puelles (7-1-0), 20, Lima, Perú
  • Fabián Quintanar (13-2-0), 29, Tijuana, México
  • Leonardo Rodríguez (11-2-1), 31, Ciudad de México, México
  • Marcelo Rojo (13-4-0), 28, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Pablo Saborí (6-3-0), 24, San Luis Río Colorado, México
  • Juan Villaseca (5-0-0), 24, Talagante, Chile
  • Miguel Villegas (3-1-0), 21, Tijuana, México
  • Walter Zamora (9-2-0), 26, San José, Costa Rica

"The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America," which began filming its third season on May 16 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is expected to air Aug. 24 on UFC Network, UFC Fight Pass and various TV channels throughout Latin America.

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Jessica Lucia Roiz

Jessica L. Roiz is a Miami-based bilingual journalist of Nicaraguan descent. In addition to Latin Times, she's published in VOXXI, The Miami Herald, Huffington Post, La Opinion, El Nuevo Herald, The Latin Kitchen and more. With over 10-years experience in digital media, she's nothing but passionate and creative with her work. When she's not writing or editing videos, she can be found listening to rock en Español, dancing bachata, reading Paulo Coelho, missing Selena Quintanilla or relaxing in Nicaragua. She's also the founder of ALoNica con la Roiz and PulsoPOP