THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

OPEN CASTING CALL FOR WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT DIVISION ON SEASON 26 OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

UFC® TO CROWN NEW CHAMPION AND LAUNCH WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT DIVISION ON SEASON 26 OF

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®

OPEN CASTING CALL SCHEDULED FOR

TUESDAY, MAY 23 IN LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas – A new division will be created and a new champion will emerge from the next season of The Ultimate Fighter®. Women’s flyweights, between the ages of 21-34 with a winning record and at least three professional fights are invited to attend the open casting call in Las Vegas. The season will also be open to females on the current UFC roster that can successfully make 125-pounds throughout the duration of the season. The previous casting call for women’s strawweights and bantamweights as well as male middleweights has been cancelled. The season will begin filming in July and premiere on FS1 later this year.

Applications, which should be completed and brought to tryouts, can be found online athttp://www.ufc.com/TUF26. The athletes will be required to grapple and hit pads, so please bring appropriate gear. Applicants will be notified at the end of the day if they have been selected to move on in the casting process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until Saturday, May 27. All questions can be directed to gdefranco@pilgrimstudios.com.

The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in 2005, has launched the careers of some of the UFC’s most recognizable names and successful athletes. The series has produced six UFC champions including Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, TJ Dillashaw, Carla Esparza, and Matt Serra.

WHO:             125-pound women

WHEN:          Tuesday, May 23 at 8 a.m. PT

WHERE:       Palace Station Hotel

                        2411 W. Sahara Ave.

                        Las Vegas, NV 89102

 

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About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment and fashion leader, WME | IMG, together with strategic partners Silver Lake Partners and KKR, UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas with a network of employees around the world. UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe, while programming is broadcast in over 152 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 35 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

About Pilgrim Media Group

Pilgrim Media Group produces a wide variety of unscripted programming for television, including The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Fast N’ LoudStreet OutlawsMisfit Garage and The Wheel for Discovery; My Big Fat Fabulous Life for TLC; Ghost Brothers for Destination America; two-time NAACP Award-winner Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s for OWN; Bring It! for Lifetime; David Tutera’s CELEBrations for WE tv; Wicked Tuna and Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks for National Geographic; and Zombie House Flipping for FYI. Pilgrim also produced OWN’s award-winning documentary series, Lindsay, and the network’s original documentary special, Michael Sam. The company also has inked several deals to create and distribute original esports entertainment content for television and digital platforms, including partnerships with ESL and Microsoft’s 343 Industries for Halo 5: Guardians. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim produced Freeform series Recovery Road and original movies for Lifetime includingAmanda Knox: Murder On Trial In ItalyAbducted: The Carlina White Story, which earned a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture; and the crime thriller Stalkers. Pilgrim recently wrapped an urban agriculture-based feature documentary that is currently screening at various festivals. For more, visitpilgrimstudios.com.​

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