Cast of TUF 20 Pt.1 | Awakening Fighters

Cast of TUF 20 Pt.1

by Ashley MannPosted on

The Cast of TUF 20
With taping commencing on July 1st, we’re less than two weeks away from the start of TUF 20 filming! Eight athletes from Invicta Fighting Championships are already cast for the first all-female season of The Ultimate Fighter. Thirty-six other women tried out on April 28th in Las Vegas for the remaining eight places and two alternate positions. Last year, it wasn’t until August after filming had finished for TUF 18 that the UFC officially announced the cast. However, speculation is already underway for this season, which has a monumental prize at the end – the inaugural UFC Strawweight Championship Title!

Since the tryouts took place, nine female fighters have already competed in or are scheduled to be in upcoming bouts, including: Angela Hill, Karina Taylor, Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, Jillian Lybarger, Danielle Taylor, Tyra Parker, Amy Montenegro, Mandy Polk and Sarah Schneider, and so they will not be a part of TUF 20.

Twenty-seven possible athletes remain. Today we will be looking at the 15 of those that have had more than 3 professional MMA fights and maintain a winning record. Those ladies are:

Jessica PenneJessica PenneFlag
Photo Credit: Esther Lin for Invicta FC
Former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion
1-0-0 Shootboxing


Aisling DalyAisling DalyFlag
Photo Credit: Esther Lin for Invicta FC
Former NAAFS Flyweight Champion


Justine KishJustine KishFlag
Photo Credit: Pau Noikoon
1-0-0 Amateur MMA
14-1-0 Pro Muay Thai (World Champion)
2-0-0 Pro Boxing


Lisa EllisLisa EllisFlag
Photo Credit: Esther Lin for Invicta FC
Flyweight & 110 lbs Champion
3-1-0 Amateur MMA
0-1-0 Shootboxing


 Heather Jo Clark Heather Jo Clark Flag
Photo Credit:
1-0-1 Pro Boxing


 Nina Ansaroff Nina Ansaroff Flag
Photo Credit: Esther Lin for Invicta FC
3-0-0 Amateur MMA


 Angela Magana Angela Magana Flag


 Michelle Ould Michelle Ould Flag
Photo Credit:
0-1-0 Pro Boxing


 Claire FryerClaire Fryer Flag
5-4-0 Amateur Muay Thai
2-2-0 Amateur Boxing


 Randa Markos-Thomas Randa Markos-ThomasFlag
Photo Credit: Resurrection Fighting Alliance
Provincial Fighting Championships Strawweight Champion
3-1-0 Amateur MMA


 Tessa Simpson Tessa SimpsonFlagFlag


 Kathina Catron Kathina CatronFlag
5-0-0 Amateur MMA


 Paulina Granados Paulina GranadosFlag
Amateur 110 lbs Champion
4-0-0 Amateur MMA


Diana RaelDiana RaelFlag
Amateur 111 lbs Champion
2-2-0 Amateur MMA


Angelica ChavezAngelica ChavezFlag
Photo Credit:
0-1-0 Pro Boxing


Some of the favourites so far on this list include the experienced veterans Jessice Penne, Aisling Daly, and Lisa Ellis. Randa Markos-Thomas has been promoted by Penne several times on twitter lately, which might be a sign of things to come. Interestingly, of the 15 athletes listed above, 7 are Invicta FC veterans, including the former Atomweight Champion Jessica Penne.

Tomorrow we will take an overall look at the other twelve athletes. While their professional records may be why they’ve been disregarded by some predictions and media outlets, amongst them is a BJJ world champion, as well as those with a wealth of amateur fighting experience.

Go straight to Part Two here.

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