After an extended hiatus, the Ultimate Fighter returns with season 29 this March, although an exact date has not been revealed at this time. The 29th season of the reality show will feature bantamweights and middleweights and will also stream on ESPN+.
The promotion issued the following press release on the return of TUF:
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER RETURNS
SEASON 29 TO DEBUT IN MARCH, EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+
REMOTE CASTING OPEN NOW THROUGH NOV. 13
ALL 28 TUF SEASONS TO BE AVAILABLE ON ESPN+
Las Vegas – UFC and ESPN+ announced today that The Ultimate Fighter, the longstanding reality television series will return in March 2021, exclusively on ESPN+.
The Ultimate Fighter 29 (TUF 29) will feature athletes from the men’s bantamweight (135 lbs.) and middleweight (185 lbs.) divisions. Casting is open through Friday, Nov. 13 with applications available for download at ufc.com/TUF. Team coaches for TUF 29 will be announced at a later date.
The iconic reality series has introduced a wide array of fans – from die-hard to brand new – to UFC and served as a springboard for the career of numerous fighters who went on to be UFC champions, contenders and stars, including: Kamaru Usman, Tony Ferguson, T.J. Dillashaw, Rose Namajunas, Michael Bisping, Nate Diaz, Michael Chiesa, Al Iaquinta, Kelvin Gastelum, Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Uriah Hall and Conor McGregor, who was a coach in TUF 22.
In addition to TUF 29, ESPN+ will also be a new destination for fans to re-watch all 28 previous seasons of TUF, available on a date to be announced soon.
Casting for TUF 29 will be remote for the first time with no physical tryouts. Finalists will be selected by late November 2020.
WHO: Male bantamweight (135 lb.) and middleweight (185 lb.) athletes
WHEN: Now through Friday, Nov. 13
WHERE: Remote Casting Only
Application Available at ufc.com/TUF
CASTING CONTACT: Gary DeFranco at gdefranco @ pilgrimmediagroup.com
TUF joins a lineup of original and on-demand content on ESPN+ that includes: Dana White’s Contender Series, the four-part documentary UFC Fight Island Declassified, Ariel & The Bad Guy, Detail: Daniel Cormier, UFC Destined, UFC Unlocking Victory, UFC Embedded, UFC Reloaded, UFC Top 10, and a library of recent events, great title fights and classic UFC.
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.
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About Pilgrim Media Group
Pilgrim Media Group, headed by Emmy-winning producer Craig Piligian, produces a diverse slate of unscripted and documentary projects. The company is behind hit series such as: “Ghost Hunters,” “American Chopper,” “Fast N’ Loud,” “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” “Dirty Jobs,” “Dodgeball: Thunderdome,” the “Street Outlaws” and “Wicked Tuna” franchises, and the World MMA Award-winner “The Ultimate Fighter.” Upcoming projects include "The Ultimate Surfer" for ABC and the Sundance Festival Favorite Award-winning documentary "Giving Voice" for Netflix.