Casting arrangements for the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” are currently underway. An open casting call was held in Boston last Thursday with several hundred hopefuls showing up to try out for the show. Light heavyweights and lightweights were both called to appear in front of Spike TV and UFC executives.
While some of the fighters that showed up for the open tryouts will be cast, most of the show’s participants usually come from video tape auditions.
While former IFL heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski did not attend the tryouts, he received a call from the UFC to fly to Vegas, according to the Winnipeg Sun.
Soszynski received the call this past Friday just hours before he fought Marcus Hicks at Cage Wars 11. Despite some jitters upon hearing the news, Soszynski was able to bear down and dispose of Hicks at just 3:10 of round 1.
“It was huge,” Soszynski is quoted as saying in the Sun in regards to his first match in his hometown in nearly three years. “Maybe it wasn’t the slugfest they wanted. I had to play it a little safe, but I got the job done, which is the most important factor.”
It might be too early to speculate, but I couldn’t imagine Soszynski not getting picked for the show. A former body builder and pro wrestler, Soszynski entered the IFL with little MMA experience and was very green during his initial fights. However, during the latter half of 2007, Soszynski really showed signs of turning the corner. He has a look and the verbal skills needed to be a star in MMA if he gets the right exposure.
Incidentally, fellow former IFL fighters Dante Rivera, Mike Dolce, and Gerald Harris are all involved in the final cast of 16 for the current seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”