The Ultimate Fighter 31 Cast Breakdown: The Newcomers

Lee Hammond, set to appear on The Ultimate Fighter 31
Lee Hammond vs. Jamie Hay, Bellator 275 Credit: Bellator MMA

The Ultimate Fighter 31 debuts on May 30, and with it comes the return of Conor McGregor, coaching on the show opposite Michael Chandler.

While the coaches’ fight remains in the planning stages, presumably for the end of 2023, the show’s arrival means some new and old blood returning to your TV (or other) screens. In particular, the TUF 31 format will see a mix of promotional newcomers and returning, former UFC fighters.

You probably won’t need a breakdown of those former UFC fighters, who include Jason Knight, Timur Valiev, ex-TUF champ Brad Katona, and Kurt Holobaugh, among others. As for the newcomers, we’ve got you covered ahead of the debut episode of The Ultimate Fighter 31.


Lee Hammond, 27, Dublin, Ireland, 5-0


  • Good wrestling
  • Slick grappling transitions
  • Heavy ground and pound
  • Good distance control
  • Good right hand
  • Submission threat
  • Good leg kicks


  • Chin up

Hammond was brought on to The Ultimate Fighter 31 only because of Conor McGregor. Having said that, Hammond is one of the better fighters that train with McGregor.

Hammond still has a lot of questions. His chin is questionable in the sense I’m not sure if he can take one square on the button. I’m still not entirely sold on his gas tank. From everything I’ve seen he’s improved greatly from where he was as an amateur however. Grappling is top notch and when it comes to his striking, he has a lot of good tools.

Hammond is a favorite to win the whole thing. He’s still rapidly growing being just 27. He hasn’t taken a lot of damage like a lot of the guys on the show this year. Hammond is one of the more complete fighters across both divisions.