How to Try Out for The Ultimate Fighter


In 2005, during the season-one finale of "The Ultimate Fighter" (TUF) on Spike TV, a relative unknown and underdog in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community forever changed the course of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Forrest Griffin's unanimous win over Stephan Bonnar catapulted the sport into the mainstream of sports viewing and earned himself a UFC contract. UFC President Dana White called it the "most important fight in UFC history." With the winner of every season guaranteed a UFC contract, TUF showcases MMA fighters coached by UFC fighters in their quest to fight in the UFC.

  • Fight and hold a winning record in a minimum of three professional MMA fights, and ensure the fight results have been recorded on or The UFC must be able to verify the three professional fights took place on either website to give the fighter consideration and a tryout for TUF. (See reference 3.)

  • Find the location, date and time for TUF tryouts. The UFC advertises the information regarding TUF tryouts on, and during the broadcasts of the current season of TUF, which airs on Spike TV. (See resources.)

  • Complete the TUF application and take it with you to a TUF tryout. If you cannot attend the tryout, follow the instructions on the application for trying out for TUF. (See reference 2 & 3.) You are required to hit and grapple at a TUF tryout, so bring a mouth guard, athletic support cup, hand wraps and gloves. (See reference 3.)

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