As a reminder, tryouts for the 14th season of “The Ultimate Fighter 14” reality series take place Monday in New Jersey.
“TUF 14,” which begins production this summer and debuts in the fall on Spike TV, is expected to feature bantamweight and/or featherweight fighters.
The open-tryout session, which coincides with UFC 128 in Newark, takes place at Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott (1 Hotel Road).
Registration takes place from 8-9 a.m. ET (local time), and fighters will grapple and hit pads as part of the audition process.
Applicants must be 21 or older and have at least three professional fights.
“TUF” has never before featured fighters in the lighter-weight divisions.
UFC officials have announced no coaches for for the show, but it’s believed UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is a leading candidate. Former WEC champ Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland, who meet in a UFC 128 bantamweight co-headliner, also are possibilities, and the outcome of their fight could influence the decision.
“TUF,” which debuted in 2005 and quickly became a driving force for the UFC’s move into the mainstream, had launched the careers of more than 100 UFC fighters and has produced past champions such as Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin and Matt Serra. The current 13th season, which debuts March 30, features former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and top contender Junior Dos Santos as coaches overseeing a cast of 14 welterweights.