The Ultimate Fighter 20: Full Strawweight Cast Revealed

Nathan McCarterFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2014

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The Ultimate Fighter's 20th season will feature an all-female strawweight cast. The UFC made that announcement in early December after acquiring several of Invicta FC's strawweight roster. From that time going forward, there were questions about the cast.

Carla Esparza, Alex Chambers, Claudia Gadelha, Felice Herrig, Bec Rawlings, Emily Kagan, Juliana Lima, Rose Namajunas, Tecia Torres, Paige VanZant and Joanne Calderwood were the first names to be announced, but Gadelha, VanZant and Lima were forced off the show.

This left eight more spots to be filled via the open workouts. On Thursday, the UFC announced the complete cast before having the fighters and coaches speak at the Ultimate Media Day.

The most notable addition is former Invicta FC atomweight champion Jessica Penne. Other names fans may recognize are Aisling Daly, Lisa Ellis and Heather Jo Clark.

Coaching the upcoming season will be lightweights Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez.

TUF 20 Complete Cast
FighterRecordLast ResultNote
Joanne Calderwood8-0def. Katja Kankaanpaa (Dec)Ranked No. 4
Alex Chambers4-1def. Jodie Esquibel
Heather Jo Clark6-4def. Hannah Cifers
Aisling Daly14-5def. Karla Benitez (Sub)Holds Win Over Jessica Eye
Lisa Ellis15-8def. Amy Davis (Sub)
Carla Esparza9-2def. Bec Rawlings (Dec)Invicta FC Champion, Ranked No. 2
Felice Herrig9-5loss to Tecia Torres (Dec)Ranked No. 10
Angela Hill1-0def. Stephanie Skinner (TKO)
Emily Kagan3-1def. Ashley Cummins (Dec)
Justine Kish4-0def. Randa Markos (Dec)
Angela Magana11-6loss to Stephanie Eggink (Sub)Holds Wins over Jessica Aguilar & Barb Honchak
Randa Markos4-1def. Lynnell House (Sub)
Rose Namajunas2-1loss to Tecia Torres (Dec)Youngest Cast Member
Jessica Penne11-2def. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (Sub)Former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion
Bec Rawlings5-3loss to Mizuki Inoue (Dec)
Tecia Torres4-0def. Felice Herrig (Dec)Ranked No. 7
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The 20th season of the show is not only historic because of the all-female cast and the new division in the UFC, but also because the two finalists of the season will compete in a five-round bout for the inaugural UFC strawweight championship.

During the Ultimate Media Day broadcast on UFC Fight Pass, Felice Herring noted the difference between the two coaching staffs during the first day of filming. Herring mentioned that Team Melendez was more laid back, while Team Pettis had a more intense approach to the evaluations.

The upcoming strawweight season will begin airing on Fox Sports 1 in September.