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TUF 17 cast list set as Jones/Sonnen is made official

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Contracts were signed and cast lists announced as TUF 17 rivals Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen got serious on Wednesday.

The light-heavyweight title bout between Jones and Sonnen will take place on April 27 in New Jersey, acting as the climax to TUF 17, on which both men are rival coaches.

"I thought it would be a good way to share myself with the sport of MMA," Jones said. "I embrace the role."

Sonnen added: "The hottest show on FX is being graced with the greatest talent God ever made: Chael P. Sonnen.''

The show will consist of middleweights and UFC president Dana White is convinced it will not be worth missing when the series begins.

"The quality of guys we have this season in unbelievable," White said. "From the fights to get into the house, to every single fight this season, I think the talent is some of the best I've ever seen on this show. We're going to end up with some really good guys in the 185lb division."

Competitors

Dylan Andrews (16-4-1), 32, Gold Coast, Aus
Jake Heun (3-2), 25, Salt Lake City, Utah
Hito Andrews (9-2), 34, Sacramento, Calif.
Nicholas Hohring (3-0), 22, Valley Springs, Calif.
Luke Barnatt (5-0), 24, Cambridge, Eng
Mike Jaspar (6-0), 29, Camarillo, Calif.
Leo Bercier (7-2), 31, Great Falls, Montana
Bubba McDaniel (20-6), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
Ryan Lee Q. Bigler (9-3), 28, Guam
Frasier Opie (10-5), 25, Milton Keynes, Eng
Kevin Casey (5-2), 31, Hawthorne, Calif.
Frederick Persons (3-0), 28, Stockton, Calif.
Adam Cella (4-0), 27, Fenton, Mo.
Jimmy Quinlan (3-0), 26, Metheun, Mass.
Zach Cummings (15-3), 28, Kansas City, Mo.
Scott Rosa (4-1), 27, Sparks, Nev.
Andy Enz, (6-1), 21, Anchorage, Alaska
Josh Samman (9-2), 24, Tallahassee, Fla.
Nik Fehete (5-1), 32, Las Vegas, Nev.
Gilbert Smith (5-1), 30, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Kelvin Gastelum (5-0), 20, Yuma, Ariz.
Eldon Sproat (3-1), 27, Molohai, Hawaii
Uriah Hall (7-2), 28, New York City, N.Y.
Tor Troeng (15-4-1), 29, Umea, Swe
Collin Hart (4-1-1), 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Eric Wahlin (5-1), 29, Taylorsville, Utah
Clint Hester (7-3), 24, Atlanta, Ga.
Timothy Williams (7-1), 26, Millville, N.J.

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