With “The Ultimate Fighter 16” debuting this Friday on FX, the UFC has already sent out a casting call for “TUF 17.” The tryouts will be held for middleweight and light heavyweight fighters on September 17 in the Grand Ballroom of the Palace Station Hotel.
Prospective contestants must be 21 years of age, have a verified winning record in at least three professional fights, and must have a completed application at the tryout.
No coaches have been announced for the show at this time, but the program will likely air in early-2013. The show has returned to a pre-taped format this season after experimenting with live fights for their first foray on FX.
Middleweights last made an appearance at TUF 11, where Court McGee proved victorious. Light heavyweight was featured on TUF 8, where light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader earned the Ultimate Fighter crown.