The UFC created a new strawweight division for women in December, signing 11 115-pound fighters from Invicta Fighting Championships.
All 11 fighters are expected to take part in an upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter with lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and his next challenger, Gilbert Melendez, heading up the teams as coaches.
The UFC on Tuesday announced plans for open tryouts to fill out any remaining spots on the strawweight season of TUF.
In addition to the lucrative contract with the UFC, the winner of the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter will be crowned the UFC strawweight division’s inaugural champion.
Women in the 115-pound division are invited to attend the official tryouts in Las Vegas on Monday, April 28. Candidates must be female, between the ages of 21 and 34 years of age, have the legal ability to live and work in the United States, and have professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight experience – holding a winning record (with verifiable records).
Applications, which should be completed and brought to the tryouts, can be found online at http://www.ufc.com/tuf20. 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 28
Registration begins @ 8:00 a.m. PT
*Applicants will be notified at the end of the tryouts if they have been selected to participate in the casting finals process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until May 1.
Questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ultimate Fighter 20 will begin filming in May and premiere on FOX Sports 1 on Sept. 10.