UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez sent out a link inviting all Latin America fighters to send in a resume for The Ultimate Fighter.
Rumors of the UFC producing an upcoming international season with Latin America fighters has been going around, and this now confirms it.
Fighters need to be between the ages of 21 and 34, and have won at least three professional fights. The rest of the rules can be found here.
Velasquez could be tabbed as a coach for the series as he continues to rehab from shoulder surgery. He is scheduled to face the winner of Fabricio Werdum-Travis Browne, hopefully sometime in 2014.
Sixteen fighters will be selected, with the same guidelines as previous seasons of TUF being followed.
“Latin America has become a huge market for the UFC and we’re excited to take it to the next level with The Ultimate Fighter,” said UFC senior vice president of International Development and General Manager of Latin America Jaime Pollack. “With the successful launch of the UFC network, and the tremendous growth of our fan base, our focus has now moved to finding and developing the top talent in this market. We want to find the next star, the next fighter who will do what Anderson Silva did for Brazil. We want to give the fans a homegrown hero.”
Fighters must be citizens of Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela to be eligible. Shooting is set for Spring of this year.
— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) February 13, 2014