New York, NY, October 6, 2008 â€“ Further proof of the UFCâ€™s global expansion, season nine of Spike TVâ€™s wildly popular series, â€œThe Ultimate Fighter,â€ will feature 16 American and 16 British fighters competing in the middleweight (185 lbs) and welterweight divisions (170 lbs). The fighters will once again have to fight and win a preliminary bout to advance into The Ultimate Fighter house.
An open casting call for the new season will be held for British hopefuls on October 20 in London and a casting call for American fighters will be held October 27 in Chicago.
In London, the information is as follows:
DATE: Monday, October 20, 2008
VENUE: Earls Court Exhibition Centre
LOCATION: Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA
TELEPHONE: +44 (0)207 370 8539
REPORT TIME: Fighter registration begins at 9 AM GMT; Tryouts at 10 AM GMT.
For the Chicago casting call:
DATE: Monday, October 27, 2008
VENUE: Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel
LOCATION: 5440 North River Road , Rosemont, IL 60018
REPORT TIME: Fighter registration begins at 9 AM CT; Tryouts at 10 AM CT.
Contestants must be over 21 and able to compete at either 170 or 185 lbs.
Production for â€œThe Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.Kâ€ begins in Las Vegas in January and the new season will premiere on Spike TV in April. The 32 up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighters will compete to win a six-figure contract with the worldâ€™s preeminent mixed martial arts organization, The Ultimate Fighting Championship.Â®
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