TUF China cast revealed

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The cast for the long teased season of The Ultimate Fighter China has been revealed. Rather than competing coaches the entire cast will face off under the mentorship of Cung Le.

CORRECTION: Cung Le was mistakenly reported as the individual coach for this season. He will in fact, be steering the season in a Dana White like role. The coaches are unknown as of yet.

The word is out. The UFC has officially released the cast of their TUF China offering. It's a list of names that will be almost entirely unknown to American audiences (and most likely global audiences as well) with one big name to kick the whole thing off. The show will be headlined by UFC middleweight and action movie star Cung Le. Le will be performing in Dana White's role, appearing at times to keep the show on track and provide advice to fighters and coaches throughout the season. The coaches for the show, are as of yet, unreported.

The show, titled Rookie Exposure in China, will most likely see fighters compete in the lightweight division as the cast features fighters who have spent their careers competing at anywhere between featherweight and welterweight. Of course they could be running a dual tournament format like they did with TUF Brazil 1, only time will tell.

Anyhow, here's a look at the cast:

  • Albert Cheng
  • Dong Xin
  • He Wei Jian
  • Li Jun Han
  • Shih Liang
  • Wang Sai
  • Yang JianPing
  • Zhang Lipeng
  • Allen Chong
  • Fu Chang Xin
  • Li Jin Ying
  • Ning Guang You
  • An Ying Wang
  • Wu Qi Ze
  • Yao Zhi Kui
  • Zhi Qing Xiang

Zhang Lipeng, Yang JianPing, and Wang Sai all have around ten recorded fights, but everyone else is pretty green. So, it should be interesting to see what, if any, actual high caliber talent shakes out of this show. Of course, as with most TUF seasons (and doubly so for international seasons) top talent isn't really the point as much as it is getting the UFC exposure with new audiences. If a couple of these fighters end up sticking around in the UFC and getting into some exciting scraps, that'd be a nice bonus.

The show's first episode will air at 10 PM (local time) on December 7th. It will be hosted by Chinese sportscaster and celebrity Huang Jianxiang. Be sure to stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more Ultimate Fighter news as well as breakdowns, interviews, announcements and event coverage for UFC 167.

More from Bloody Elbow:

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.