The first episode titled “Ladies and Gentlemen” begins with coaches Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha entering the TUF Training Center to watch the preliminary fights with UFC President Dana White.

For season 23 the participating fighters will be in the women’s strawweight and light heavyweight divisions.

The preliminary fight results are as follows:

Women’s Strawweight – Amanda Cooper defeated Mellony Geugjes via submission (armbar) in the first round.
Light heavyweight – Eric Spicely defeated Kenneth Bergh via submission (rear-naked choke) in the first round.
Women’s Strawweight – Lanchana Green defeated Ashley Cummins via TKO (knees and punches) in the second round.
Light heavyweight – Khalil Rountree defeated Muhammed Dereese via TKO (punches and soccer kicks to the body) in the second round.
Women’s Strawweight – Jamie Moyle defeated Alyssa Krahn via submission (rear-naked choke) in the first round.
Light heavyweight – Myron Dennis defeated Jamelle Jones via TKO (punches) in the first round.
Women’s Strawweight- Ashley Yoder defeated Jodie Esquibel via decision (split) after two rounds. Of note is that Yoder fights out of Team Quest and was cheered on by Dan Henderson while Esquibel who trains out of the Greg Jackson camp is called by Holly Holm before the fight and is engaged to UFC veteran Keith Jardine.
Light heavyweight – Elias Urbina defeated Norman Paraisy via decision (unanimous) after two rounds.
Women’s Strawweight – J.J. Aldrich defeated Kristi Lopez via decision (unanimous) after two rounds.
Light heavyweight – Abdel Medjedoub defeated John Paul Elias via decision (unanimous) after two rounds.
Women’s Strawweight – Tatiana Suarez defeated Chelsea Bailey via decision (unanimous) after two rounds.
Light heavyweight – Andrew Sanchez defeated Phil Hawes via unanimous decision after two rounds.
Women’s Strawweight – Kate Jackson defeated Irene Rivera via TKO (punches) in the second round.
Light heavyweight – Cory Hendricks defeated Marcel Fortuna via unanimous decision after two rounds.
Women’s Strawweight – Helen Harper defeated Amy Montenegro via submission (armbar) in the first round.
Light heavyweight – Josh Stansbury defeated Trevor Carlson via submission (keylock) in the first round.

Following the preliminary fights, Gadelha is given the choice of either the first fight or first pick based on the traditioanl coin flip and as a result the teams are divided as follows:

Team Joanna consists of Josh Stansbury, Khalil Rountree, Myron Dennis and Elias Urbina for the men and the women are JJ Aldrich, Jamie Moyle, Ashley Yoder and Helen Harper.

Team Claudia consists of Andrew Sanchez, Eric Spicely, Abdel Medjedoub and Cory Hendricks for the men and the women are Tatiana Suarez, Kate Jackson, Amanda Cooper and Lanchana Green.

Joanna gets the first fight pick and chooses Rountree to fight against Hendricks who ironically enough are from the same gym in Las Vegas.