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Joseph Benavidez signs an autograph in a file photo. Photo courtesy Kenai Andrews/MMA Crossfire.

The Ultimate Fighter 24 champion cast revealed

There will be a championship feeling unlike any other season of The Ultimate Fighter this summer.

Sixteen (16) combatants, each a local promotional champion will be divided up and coached by flyweight contenders Henry Cejudo (10-1-0) and Joseph Benavidez (24-4-0) starting August 31st for twelve episodes.

But, as always: There can only be one.

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The winner from each episode advances with the finalists fighting in the house (instead of at the TUF 24 Finale) for a shot a flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (who is currently injured) in December.

The title shot opportunity is an attempt to continue the momentum generated by TUF 23.

The first episode premiers Wednesday, August 31st at 10PM ET. Subsequent episodes will air weekly, each Wednesday.

Cejudo is an Olympic wrestling gold medalist, who lost to Johnson in his last bout at UFC 197. Benavidez has lost twice to Johnson, but won his last bout over Zach Makovsky at UFC Fight Night 82.

The cast will consist of the following members:

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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