Checkout this cool behind-the-scenes video from The Ultimate Fighter season 18 open tryouts. TUF 18 will be the first ever season to open to female competitors, featuring both men and women living in the same house.
Several veteran fighters auditioned for the show, such as Tara LaRosa, Shayna Baszler, Kim Couture and Roxanne Modafferi. Revelina Berto, the sister of former WBC welterweight boxing champion Andre Berto, was also attempting to make the cut. A fair amount of fighters that were there are curretly under contract with Invicta FC , which permitted all of its fighters to tryout for the show.
There were 50 total female fighters present out of 269 total male and female fighters trying out. UFC President Dana White and UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby judged the participants while they faced off in 90-second grappling matches. After a first round of cuts, the remaining fighters displayed their striking by hitting mitts, which was then followed by another round of cuts. The last remaining competitors were then interviewed by the docu-reality series' producers, who have the final say in determining the cast of male and female fighters.
Jon Dodson, Julie Kedzie and Joe Lauzon were among several UFC fighters present to support their teammates attempting to make it into the cast. Actually, Dodson's little known sister, Jenna Dodson, made it to the tryouts...
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