The Ultimate Fighter: Season 11 (2010)
The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz was the eleventh installment of the Ultimate Fighting Championship-produced reality television series The Ultimate Fighter. The show began taping in early 2010 and premiered on Spike on March 31, 2010. The live finale of the show was June 19, 2010. The UFC and Spike TV held open tryouts on October 26, 2009, in Los Angeles, California. The casting call went out for middleweight and light heavyweight fighters. Fighters wanting to try out for the show must have been at least 21 years old and have had a professional MMA record. 300 fighters showed up to the tryouts including UFC veterans Jason Lambert, Nick Thompson and Logan Clark, International Fight League and EliteXC veteran Wayne Cole, as well as season 1 TUF competitor and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Bobby Southworth. In addition to the open tryouts, the UFC also accepted applications available through its website until November 9, 2009. During The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale, Dana White announced that the coaches would be Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell. White also announced that the fighters for this season would compete in the middleweight weight class. The season will feature 28 fighters as opposed to the usual 16 or 32. The series boasts a new "wildcard" format in which the two coaches will pick two fighters who lost their preliminary bouts to face each other for the eighth spot in the quarter-finals.