Tryouts for season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter will include fighters from three different weight classes.
Season 25 of The Ultimate Fighter is nearing its premiere date (April 19th, by the way), and the UFC is already working on getting talent for TUF 26.
In an official UFC press release sent out on Thursday, tryouts for the next TUF season will include fighters from middleweight, as well as the women’s strawweight and bantamweight divisions. This is similar to the TUF 23 tryouts, which had the same women’s divisions but the men’s tryouts were for light heavyweight. The UFC ultimately chose to center that season around light heavyweight and women’s strawweight, with Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha serving as the team coaches.
Fighters must be aged between 21-34 years old, have at least three professional fights, and a winning record. The release also stated that filming will begin in July and the season will premiere “later in the year” on FS1.
Tryouts are set for May 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The last two seasons of TUF have had differing formats. TUF 24 consisted of sixteen regional flyweight champions, with the winner of that tournament fighting Demetrious Johnson for his title. As for TUF 25: Redemption, that will feature fourteen former TUF contestants, including current UFC fighter James Krause, as well as former winners Joe Stevenson and Eddie Gordon. The winner of TUF 25 (coached by Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw) will get a special prize of $250,000, instead of the usual “six-figure UFC contract.” It looks as if TUF 26 will be a return to the standard format for the long-running reality series.