BREAKING – minutes after a war between Patrick Cote and Strikeforce import Bobby Voelker, UFC President Dana White has decided to let the ‘cat’ out of the bag. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 18 will feature female bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey versus the winner of the upcoming Cat Zingano – Miesha Tate bout on April 13 at the TUF 17 finale.

 The UFC will be hosting a casting call for the next US edition of its long-running reality series, The Ultimate Fighter®, on Monday April 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. For the first time ever in the history of the series, Season 18 will feature male and female bantamweight (135lbs) fighters. Details and applications will be available soon at

The show is set to kick off in the fall of 2013.


All TUF™ 18 candidates must be at least 21 years old, have the legal ability to live & work in the United States, and have a minimum of three professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights – holding a winning record (with verifiable records). Applications, which should be completed and brought to the tryouts, can be found online at Tryout details are provided below:

Palace Station Hotel, 2411 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
Tryouts will be held in the Grand Ballroom

Monday April 15, 2013*
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. PT

Fighters will be required to grapple & hit pads. Please bring appropriate gear.

*Applicants will be notified at the end of the tryouts if they have been selected to continue on in the casting process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until April 19.