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900 Fighters Tryout in Chicago For The Ultimate Fighter 9

The UFC OctagonOn the heels of a record 200-plus participants for open tryouts in the UK, the US casting call for “The Ultimate Fighter 9: US vs. UK”, held today in Chicago, saw 900 hopefuls tryout in hopes of making it into the 32 fighter elimination round.

The record comes despite a recent weight class change from middleweight to lightweight and a new stipulation that fighters must have at least three professional fight before being cast for the reality series.

Spike TV today announced the US tryout figure.

The Ultimate Fighter 9, which will being filming in early-2009 for a projected April debut, will feature Michael Bisping as coach of the UK team, while the winner of a January bout between Rich Franklin or Dan Henderson will coach the US squad.

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