It wasn't too long ago that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White announced the upcoming 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) would feature both male and female fighters at 135 pounds.
When an opportunity like this arrives, nearly everyone comes out of the woodworks.
Tryouts for TUF season 18 began today (April 15, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada, and many of the top ladies in the sport who aren't currently signed by UFC showed up.
Even featherweights showed up, as unbeaten and still untested featherweight prospects Peggy Morgan and Sweden's Pannie Kianzad turned out as well as boxer Andre Berto's sister Revelina Berto.
Applicants were tested first with a grappling session to see how their skills held up on the mats. After the first round of cuts, they were next given an opportunity to showcase their striking skills. All the ladies who advance past this portion make it to the round of interviews to see if their personalities and stories would make for compelling television.
Of course, not every female athlete who tried out for the show has been listed, but this is a pretty solid list of all the best available talent. Do you see any early favorites to win?