Even before season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter begins airing, a casting call for the next season has been sent out. The Ultimate Fighter 17 will begin next year and plans to feature middleweights and light heavyweights.
UFC officials confirmed news of the season in a press release. Interested fighters are asked to attend a tryout on September 17 in Las Vegas.
No other information for the season has been announced, but it is expected to debut on FX in the early portion of 2013.
TUF 16 begins September 14 on FX featuring heavyweight coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson.