The Ultimate Fighter 18 Tryouts Set for April 15 in Las Vegas, Open to 135-Pound Men and Women

March 19, 2013
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Ultimate Fighter LogoThe Ultimate Fighting Championship will be hosting a casting call for the next U.S. edition of its long-running reality series, The Ultimate Fighter, on Monday April 15, in Las Vegas.  For the first time ever in the history of the series, Season 18 will feature male and female bantamweight (135lbs) fighters.

All TUF 18 candidates must be at least 21 years old, have the legal ability to live & work in the United States, and have a minimum of three professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights –holding a winning record (with verifiable records). Applications, which should be completed and brought to the tryouts, can be found online at Tryout details are provided below:


Palace Station Hotel, 2411 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102

Tryouts will be held in the Grand Ballroom


Monday April 15, 2013*

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. PT

Fighters will be required to grapple & hit pads. Please bring appropriate gear.

Applicants will be notified at the end of the tryouts if they have been selected to continue on in the casting process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until April 19.

The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in 2005, has launched the careers of more than 100 UFC fighters and has produced past champions such as Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, Michael Bisping and Matt Serra. Bantamweights were most recently featured on The Ultimate Fighter 14, where John Dodson emerged as season winner.

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will coach opposite of the winner between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13.

TUF 18 is expected to debut in the fall of 2013.

  • MMAallTHEway

    Do you know who’d be perfect for Ultimate Fighter 18? Owen Carr! He shows the perfect marriage of fighting ability, and concern about the perfect coiffure! Don’t get him started about getting a bad hairdo!

    • D’arcy1984

      Do you think he’d fight a girl though? If she was in his weight class I mean?

  • anthony frame

    I cant wait for this season we have a local fighter going to vegas for try outs also he is a well respected guy in our town with a big heart and heavy hands best of luck to your brother dustin kempf we are all proud of you and all your dedication

  • jake

    not fighting girls sport. two different divisions. like when they do two different weight classes in the same tuf season

  • pedro pagan

    when is the next tryouts going to begin