TUF 13 Cast: Ranking The Ultimate Fighter 13 - Welterweights

Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter reality show has chosen the best fighters they can to achieve a mix of Octagon respectability and reality TV hijinx for TUF 13. Fight Matrix has evaluated all of this year's contestants and this is how they rate (based purely on outcomes of previous pro fights). Make sure to join us at BloodyElbow.com when The Ultimate Fighter 13 debuts on Spike TV, March 30th at 10 p.m. ET.

Leader of the Pack
1. Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson (Age: 26 Record: 10-2) - Pure Combat welterweight champion, Ferguson has won six of his past seven bouts, six of his 10 career victories by knockout or technical knockout.
Past Rankings:
Ranking The Ultimate Fighter 12: Lightweights
Ranking The Ultimate Fighter 11: Middleweights
Ranking The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights
Full cast after the jump - rankings from FightMatrix.com, quick bios via Sherdog.com

The Ultimate Fighter 13 debut coverage

Next Best Thing
2. Myles "Fury" Jury (Age: 22 Record: 9-0) - Jury has finished all nine of his foes inside the first round, four of them in less than a minute. Trains Victory MMA with Dean Lister.

3. Ryan "The Kid" McGillivray (Age: 24 Record: 11-4-1) - MFC vet, trains at the Legends Training Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 11 career victories by submission, six of them in the first round.


Solid Underdog Pick
4. Ramsey Nijem (4-1) (Age: 22 Record: 4-1) - Wrestled collegiately at Utah Valley University, trains with Josh Burkman and Court McGee in Utah. Carrying a three-fight winning streak into the show.

5. Charlie "Superstar" Rader (Age: 29 Record: 16-5) - Defeated Josh Rafferty in Bellator Fighting Championships in 2010. Has held titles in two different regional promotions.

6. Shamar Bailey (Age: 28 Record: 10-3) - Strikeforce vet, trains with Chris Lytle, will carry a two-fight losing streak into the competition.


B-Squad
7. Clay "Heavy Metal" Harvison (Age: 30 Record: 6-1) - Wild Bill’s Fight Night vet, holds a submission victory over Blake Bowman, all 6 wins have ended in the first round.

8. Chris "C-Murder" Cope (Age: 28 Record: 4-1) - Strikeforce vet, trains out of The Arena gym in San Diego with Evangelista Santos and Rani Yahya, last win was by second-round head kick and follow-up punches.

9. Len "The Liger" Bentley (Age: 28 Record: 9-4) - Trains with Dennis Hallman and Brad Blackburn, eight of his nine wins have not gone the distance, has fought on Strikeforce Challengers 2.


Longshot
10. Nordin "Fist of Tangier" Asrih (Age: 32 Record: 15-6-1) - The oldest and most experienced entrant, M-1 Challenge and Cage Warriors vet, Asrih has secured more than half (nine) of his 15 career victories by submission.
 
11. Mick "The Omen" Bowman (Age: 26 Record: 7-2) - Trains at Wolfslair Academy with Michael Bisping, has never been knocked out, has rattled off four consecutive victories, all of them finishes.


Unknowns
12. Keon "The Black Assassin" Caldwell (Age: 26 Record: 8-1) - Stopped six opponents inside one round, lone career defeat to Dhiego Lima in 2010.

13. Zachary Davis (Age: 26 Record: 4-1) - Lloyd Irvin protégé, three-fight winning streak, Davis has never gone the distance in five professional outings.

14. Javier "Chunty Boy" Torres (Age: 25 Record: 3-0) - Trains with Shawn Tompkins in Las Vegas, Torres holds a perfect record in nine amateur boxing fights.


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