Via Wrestling Observer (subscription only), Dave Meltzer has released what appears to be the rumored female cast for the upcoming season of 'The Ultimate Fighter.' UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will appear opposite Cat Zingano as the program's first ever female coaches. The pair will coach teams consisting of men and women, bantamweights all.
While Meltzer makes clear that this list was not provided to him by anyone at UFC or FOX, he claims the names of the 16 female fighters did come from a reliable source. We do know that each of these rumored cast members did, in fact, try out for the show. As the UFC has yet to release the cast officially, we're forced to tread lightly.
Although some contestants have fought either below or above 135lbs, the cast will be expected to compete at bantamweight. Below we take a quick look at each name on the rumored cast sheet, along with some
additional commentary from Meltzer.
Revelina Berto -- (3-1)
At 23, Berto's only loss comes via the 6'1 Peggy Morgan, the next woman on our list. The daughter of former UFC fighter Dieuseul Berto, Revelina will be making the cut from featherweight. She also has two pro fighters as brothers.
"[Dieuseul's] two sons are professional fighters, as Andre is a well known pro boxer with a 28-2 record, whose two losses came in the 2011 fight of the year to Victor Ortiz, and last year to Robert Guerrero in the fight that got Guerrero his shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr. this weekend. Her other older brother, Edson, is an MMA fighter who was a regular with the Elite XC promotion. Revalina is 23 years old, has a 3-1 record, and is cutting from 145."
The tallest rumored competitor at 6'1, Morgan has two decision wins under her belt, one being over Berto. She'll also be cutting down from featherweight.
Colleen Schneider -- (4-4)
Jessamyn Duke -- (2-1)
"The 5-foot-11 Duke, is 26 years old and has a fitness model body. She's coming off a controversial knockout loss to Miriam Nakamoto on the 4/5 Invicta show. She 2-1 as a pro, all with Invicta, and 5-2 as an amateur."
Valerie Letourneau -- (4-3)
The 30 year old Canadian has been fighting as a pro since 2006.
Ashlee Evans-Smith -- (1-0)
Coming down from 145lbs, Evans-Smith is a regular in the Las Vegas Tuff- N-Uff promotion.
Gina Mazany -- (3-0)
"A former 145-pounder from Anchorage with a 3-0 pro record, who debuted in 2008."
Julianna Pena -- (4-2)
Pena is currently riding a two-fight losing streak as she moves up in weight to 135lbs.
Katie Merrill (1-1)
"A 1-1 fighter who lost recently in Bellator to world boxing champion Holly Holm."
Marcia Allen -- (3-1)
Allen notably has a submission loss to fellow cast mate Jessamyn Duke.
Tara LaRosa -- (21-3)
At 35, LaRosa is one of the wily veterans of the bunch. While she's spent a bit of her career at flyweight, she recently missed weight prior to her fight with Vanessa Porto at Invicta FC 3. It was also rumored that LaRosa had been turned down by the UFC due to her age, but appears here none the less.
"She was on a national ESPN news show as the main voice on an investigative show that knocked Strikeforce and Elite XC building around Gina Carano for her looks, with the idea that LaRosa was really the best U.S. female fighter but Carano got all the opportunities. She also had a really ugly back-and-forth radio interview a few years back with Miesha Tate."
Roxanne Modafferi -- (15-10)
A pro since 2003, Modafferi hasn't earned a win since her 2010 split decision over Tara LaRosa and has since lost five straight. She's also infamous for being on the business end of a nasty Sarah Kaufman body slam back in the Strikeforce days.
"She fought most of the big names of the early days, including splitting two matches with LaRosa, splitting two with Marloes Coenen, winning two of three over Megumi Yabushita and has also beaten Vanessa Porto and lost to Sarah Kaufman."
"[Evinger] is best known for losing a 2007 fight with Gina Carano on an Elite XC show in Honolulu. Evinger, a lesbian, was noted for the quote before the fight, saying that Carano was so good looking she didn't know if she wanted to punch her or kiss her."
Lia Mata'afa -- (0-0)
While she's yet to make a professional debut, Lia Mata'afa earned a 4-1 amateur record under the tutelage of Chris Leben.
"She was a two-time girls state champion at 140 pounds, pinning all but one opponent in the first round, and beat a number of boys, and was a standout in every sport she did. She played varsity rugby at Boston University and is currently a member of the American Samoan national rugby team, and barely missed out on qualifying for the 2012 Olympics as a wrestler, placing fifth in an international qualifying meet."
(video) Lia's MMA Debut
Shayna Baszler -- (15-8)
A grappling specialist, 14 of Baszler's 15 wins have come via submission.
"She once lost to Cris Cyborg on an Elite XC show on CBS, and was in two fight of the nights in her three Invicta bouts (fights she lost to Alexis Davis and Sara McMann)."