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TUF 14 Tryouts to Be Held for Bantamweights, Featherweights

The Ultimate Fighter 14 will be the lightest one yet. Tryouts for the fourteenth season of the show will be in search of bantamweights (135 lbs.) and featherweights (145 lbs.), the UFC announced Wednesday.

The casting call will be held at the Marriott Newark Liberty International Airport Grand Ballroom on March 21, the Monday following UFC 128 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

To tryout, fighters must be 21 or over, bring their own gear and are required to have at least three professional fights. Tryouts begin at 10 a.m. ET and fighters must arrive between 8 and 9 a.m to register.

Although the UFC and Spike TV producers are scouting fighters in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions, it does not guarantee that TUF 14 will feature both weight classes, as the show has been known to adjust accordingly depending on the talent at the tryouts.

A lighterweight installment is the logical progression of the show since the UFC-WEC merger was finalized after last season's recruiting process. During its existence, the WEC was interested in a WEC version of The Ultimate Fighter, but the idea never panned out.

TUF 14 is expected to begin filming in May for a premiere in September. No coaches have been announced.

TUF 13, featuring all welterweights and coached by Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos, premieres March 30 on Spike TV.