Yesterday, an open casting call for The Ultimate Fighter 19 took place in Indianapolis, drawing 83 competitors looking for a spot in the house. Among them were a number of established fighters including the former Bellator welterweight champion Lyman Good, former Cage Warriors middleweight champion Chris Fields, and the current Cage Warriors welterweight champion Cathal Pendred.
Good first reached prominence after winning Bellator’s first welterweight tournament, becoming the promotion’s first division champion in 2009. He lost the title to Ben Askren in 2010, who has held it ever since. Subsequently, he’s gone 5-2 in Bellator, but was released after a win over Dante Rivera in April.
Fields won the Cage Warriors title in September 2012, but lost it to Jesse Taylor in December. Pendred is a teammate of Fields, and won his title in March, defeating Gael Grimaud.
Other notable appearances included Strikeforce vet Lumumba Sayers, and Bellator vets Luis Palomino and Kelvin Tiller.
UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby attended to assess the fighters. First, the 56 middleweights and 27 light heavyweights were paired up for short grappling matches. These led to the first series of cuts. Those who remained after this had their striking evaluated before yet another set of cuts.
The fighters who made it through both stages met for interviews with the producers of the show.
Season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter is set to shoot in Spring 2014, with the current season (Rousey vs Tate) airing in September. The list of fighters who made it through the auditions will not be released for some time, likely a few weeks before the show airs.