Tryouts for the The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 will be taking place from Los Angeles, California on October 26.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has recently confirmed the news through sources close to the upcoming casting call.
While no announcement has been made in regards to the potential weight classes being featured on TUF 11, FiveOuncesOfPain.com has also been able to confirm that fighters trying out for the upcoming telecast normally compete in the middleweight and welterweight divisions. Making a scenario where TUF 11 would possibly feature both the 170, and 185 pound weight classes a very probable one.
I find it very interesting that next season will (supposedly) be a season of WW and MW contestants. There is little doubt that the WW and MW division in the UFC are in desperate need of some sort of change, but I have to confess, I have doubts that the UFC's precious reality show can deliver anyone who would be a serious contender. Although I highly enjoy plopping down in front of my TV every Wednesday to watch two men fight for the right to be crowned the next "Ultimate Fighter". But let's be serious. There haven't been too many fighters who've actually won the show who've come out and really left an impression. Correction, a good impression. Why would another season's winner be any different?
Granted, we have yet to even see how the winners of the 9th season of the show will fair in their respective divisions. We won't really know how either of the newly crowned champions will do when thrown into the mix with the other UFC vets. I have a feeling that neither Ross Pearson (LW) or James Wilks (WW) will really make a significant impact on either division but I would be delighted to be proven wrong in either case. I think we'll have a better idea of how they measure up when both Pearson and Wilks fight for the first time (since the Finale) at UFC 105 in Manchester, England on November 14.
Ross Pearson drew Aaron Riley as his first opponenet in the Octagon. Riley is coming off of a very unimpressive decision over Shane Nelson a former cast member of the 8th season of The Ultimate Fighter. I have an icky feeling that we are in for a 3 round man-blanket fest, but maybe I'm being too pessimistic. Neither fighter has really good striking from what I can recall.
James Wilks will be facing one of the more promising fighters to come off of a recent season of The Ultimate Fighter when he faces Matt Brown, a former cast member of the 7th season of The Ultimate Fighter. Brown has had some pretty impressive victories, including an impressive (controversial?) loss against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 88.
Season 8 winners Ryan Bader (LHW) and Efrain Escudero (LW) have both had victories since they were crowned, and admittedly, I think Bader is transforming from a "lay and pray" type fighter to a well-rounded fighter, but he still has a lot to prove before he is considered any kind of contender in the already seriously stacked light heavyweight division. His next opponent is Eric Schafer at UFC 104 on October 24th.
Escudero is coming off of a 1st round KO of a former TUF veteran in Cole Miller. Despite coming in overweight initially, Efrain showed some improvement in his striking which proved to be Miller's downfall. But was his performance mind blowing? I don't know if I would call it a glimpse of future champion material, but he is still very young and will hopefully continue to grow and improve with each fight.
It seems the best The Ultimate Fighter has been able to do is pad their respective divisions with middle tier fighters (at best) with very few diamonds in the rough since it's second season produced former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. *Although, Matt Serra was able to defeat Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title in their bout after his win of the 4th season of The Ultimate Fighter, that season was a comeback season and for intents and purposes Serra was already a veteran of the Octagon.
All that to say, do you think there is much hope in finding a serious contender in either division through The Ultimate Fighter?