Prospects and veterans will comprise the rosters for The Ultimate Fighter 31 featuring Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler.
The series debuts May 30 live on ESPN with new episodes airing each week after every Tuesday on both ESPN and ESPN+.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 31: Team McGregor vs. Team Chandler will feature a dynamic cast consisting of both returning veterans and up and coming prospects in the men’s bantamweight (135 lbs.) and lightweight (155 lbs.) divisions, who have put everything else in their lives aside for the chance to pursue their UFC dreams.
Former UFC double champion McGregor (22-6, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland), considered by many the sport’s biggest star, returns to The Ultimate Fighter after previously serving as a coach on TUF 22. He will look to impart the skills and experience that have earned him victories over former UFC champions Eddie Alvarez, Jose Aldo and Max Holloway. McGregor now has his sights set on beating Chandler as a coach and building momentum towards their inevitable match later this year.
Chandler (23-8, fighting out of Nashville, Tenn. ) is a favorite amongst fight fans for his dynamic fighting style and captivating personality. No stranger to a highlight reel finish, Chandler stunned fans with spectacular stoppages over Dan Hooker and Tony Ferguson. He now plans on adding a successful TUF coaching season to his resume on the way to defeating McGregor.
MEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT (135)
Mando Gutierrez | 26 | 8-2 | East Lansing, Mich.
Trevor Wells | 27 | 8-3 | Temecula, Calif.
Carlos Vera | 35 | 12-3 | Falls Church, Vir.
Rico DiSciullo | 36 | 11-2 | Somerville, Mass.
Cody Gibson | 35 | 19-8 | San Luis Obispo County, Calif.
Timur Valiev | 32 | 18-3 | Moscow, Russia
Hunter Azure | 30 | 10-3 | Phoenix, Ariz.
Brad Katona | 31 | 12-2 | Dublin, Ireland
MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT (155)
Landon Quiñones | 27 | 7-1-1 | Sunrise, Fla.
Aaron McKenzie | 26 | 11-2-1 | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Nate Jennerman | 30 | 16-5 | Sheboygan, Wis.
Lee Hammond | 26 | 5-0 | Dublin, Ireland
Austin Hubbard | 31 | 15-6 | Denver, Colo.
Roosevelt Roberts | 29 | 12-3 | Lathrop, Calif.
Kurt Holobaugh | 36 | 19-7 | Franklinton, La.
Jason Knight | 30 | 22-7 | Lucedale, Miss.