‘The Ultimate Fighter 17’ Open Fighter Tryouts

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Think about it — they’re short, rapid, furious, and performed by a panting, red-faced man on the brink of ecstasy. Of course, when those punches are coming from Lesnar, a 280-pound behemoth with XXXXL fists, it’s the furthest thing from a joke. But imagine standing toe to toe to the legendary Mixed Martial Arts fighter Brock Lesnar or blocking one of Chuck Liddel’s overhead right punches. Well day dream no longer, Dana White, CEO of Ultimate Fighting Championships is now looking for YOU! In the Las Vegas Area there will be open fighter try outs for “The Ultimate Fighter 17” this September 17, 2012. Palace Station Hotel & Casino will play host to the tryouts which are open to fighters in the middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions.

The series is expected to tape and debut on FX in early 2013. Coaches and further details have not been confirmed or released for The Ultimate Fighter 17, but it is assumed that they will use a 32-man, single elimination tournament format. A live finale will take place in June 2013.

During the open tryouts, fighters will demonstrate their striking and grappling abilities to UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva. Those who make it past the initial tryout will be interviewed by producers, and advancing fighters are then medically screened. Hopefuls, need to have had three pro fights and must be at least 21 years.

Spike TV has begun airing the new The Ultimate Fighter series in early 2005, but as part of a Fox Broadcasting Deal earlier this year the show has since moved to FX. Since the show’s conception it has launched the careers of 200 fighters while producing amazing and notable talents such as Matt Sera, Forrest Griffin, and Rashad Evans.

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