Fighters From Latin America To Be Featured on Next International Edition of The Ultimate Fighter

February 13, 2014
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TUF China LogoThe call was officially made today to all aspiring Latin American fighters: the Ultimate Fighting Championship  organization is looking for its next Latino standout and will use its storied reality television series to recruit the regions top talent.

The seventh international edition of the UFC’s reality series, The Ultimate Fighter, is set to feature a cast of 16 undiscovered professional Mixed Martial Arts fighters from across Latin America. The show features them living together in the The Ultimate Fighter house, and follows them as they train and compete against each other for a prized contract with the UFC.

All fighters are now invited to register at:

“Latin America has become a huge market for the UFC and we’re excited to take it to the next level with The Ultimate Fighter,” said UFC Senior Vice President of International Development and General Manager of Latin America Jaime Pollack. “With the successful launch of the UFC NETWORK, and the tremendous growth of our fan base, our focus has now moved to finding and developing the top talent in this market. We want to find the next star, the next fighter who will do what Anderson Silva did for Brazil. We want to give the fans a homegrown hero.”

Eligible candidates must be between 21 and 34 years old, speak Spanish, have a minimum of three professional MMA fights, and hold a verifiable winning record. They must also be citizens of one of the following countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The Ultimate Fighter has launched the careers of more than 100 UFC fighters and produced champions such as Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans and Matt Serra and season winners including Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader and Nate Diaz. Mexico-born Efrain Escudero captured the season 8 lightweight title, while Mexican American Diego Sanchez was the first-ever winner of the franchise, defeating Kenny Florian, a fighter of Peruvian descent, at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale in 2005. Other Mexican Americans to follow in his stead include, Tony Ferguson, season 13 winner and Kelvin Gastelum, winner of season 17.

The series will be shot in Las Vegas in spring 2014. Coaches and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.

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  • shakejunt

    seems obvious cain will be one of the coaches, but what’re they gonna do if browne beats werdum? maybe just do the tuf china thing and bring in other latin american fighters.

    kinda curious why puerto rico was excluded?

  • Solidmemory

    Although Haiti shares an island with Dominican Republic it is not a latin American nation. They speak French. Why isnt Cuba and Puerto Rico included? Also if Cain coaches who will be the other coach? Werdum speaks Spanish but if he loses to Browne then what. Unless they do like in TUF season 2 and have 2 coaches of different weight classes (Hughes/Franklin)

    • shakejunt

      yeah haiti is a little confusing considering they’ve excluded most of the carribean, guyana, suriname, and french guyana (all of which aren’t native spanish speaking). cuba makes sense though because the usa does no business with cuba (on the table)

  • noboricuas?

    Well I guess Cuba is not included because of travel/visa issues, it’s pretty hard to travel from and to Cuba, but Im amazed that Puerto Rico is not included.
    Maybe it is becuase Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of USA? Still I don’t get it, im from Puerto Rico and even though we are part of the USA, we never represent USA in any sport, so yeah, a bit confused…
    And cmon, Puerto Rico has a huge fighting culture from boxing, they should at least be taking advantage from that

    • shakejunt

      for real, one of the biggest spanish speaking markets in the states and they leave it out? maybe that hints at it getting it’s own tuf eventually?