For the first time ever on The Ultimate Fighter, light heavyweights and strawweights are competing together. Sixteen 205-pound men and sixteen 115-pound women travel to Las Vegas from around the world for the 23rd season of the competition, with a large audience of friends and family on hand. After UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland and #1 contender Claudia Gadelha of Brazil take their place at the coaches table alongside UFC President Dana White, the elimination round of fights kicks off. Throughout the day the coaches take notes as the fighters battle it out and showcase their skills. In the end 16 fighters emerge victorious. The list of winners includes several teammates from a local gym, a cancer survivor, and a past competitor who suffered a devastating injury but is back for redemption. After Claudia wins the coin toss, she begins the team selection and chooses the first fighter. Joanna chooses the second. Once both teams are filled, Joanna picks the first preliminary fight matchup.