Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 27' cast: Jay Cucciniello, a former soldier who used MMA to deal with PTSD

LAS VEGAS – “The Ultimate Fighter” returned last week for its 27th season, and for the first time all the cast members are unbeaten heading into the show.

MMAjunkie recently sat down with all 16 cast members. Watch the video above to get to know featherweight Jay Cucciniello (8-0), a 31-year-old Brit who served in the military and fought in Afghanistan. Cucciniello lost two of his best friends in combat. “I was with them to their last breath,” he said. Life after service hasn’t been easy, dealing with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, but that’s where MMA came in to help.

“The Ultimate Fighter 27,” featuring UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier as coaches, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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