White: 'Historic day' feels like TUF1 all over again


Of the 300 hopefuls who showed up at The Ultimate Fighter 18 tryouts in Las Vegas Monday, for the first time, there were women, too - 50 of them. Shayna Baszler, Kim Couture, Jessamyn Duke, Tonya Evinger, Tara LaRosa, and Roxanne Modafferi were among the hopefulls.

"It was absolutely a historic day to have the women here for the first The Ultimate Fighter tryout," said UFC president Dana White. "This is basically like the first season of The Ultimate Fighter to me."

"There are lots of girls out there that have taken taekwondo, judo, wrestling or mixed martial arts, and now they've got the opportunity to become a professional athlete and potentially make millions of dollars. I knew there was going to be a great turnout, and every season we do, the turnouts will get bigger and bigger."

UFC fighter Julie Kedzie was there in support of several Jackson-Winkeljohn teammates.

"They're always going to be remembered for this season, the girls that make it on the show, for being pioneers," said Kedzie. "I think it's incredible. This is going to spark, I think, hundreds of thousands of girls to start training. Look what happened after the first season of The Ultimate Fighter."

"It's cool to see this as a fresh start and a new beginning for the UFC. Some of these women have been doing this for a decade. This is going to be their chance to shine, and I'm excited to see them finally get the recognition they deserve."

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4/17/13 5:29 PM by mma vixen

You didn't learn your lesson a couple of years ago, huh? When you were on here whining when Pavia got Jake O'Brien booked to job to Mousassi, how you had that fight lined up for "one of your guys" abd he stole in from you? Oh, and how's your "apprentice matchmaker" job for that minor league promotion, in a different state then you live, going? How did "flying out Nick Serra for my camp" for your bogus fight with CRE go?LMAO, stop being such a try hard. You want SOOOOOO bad to be seen as involved in MMA, that you come across as a 12 year old with delusions of grandeur. You've made a total laughing stock out of yourself multiple times acting the same way. Learn from it.

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4/17/13 2:31 AM by RyannVonDoom

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4/16/13 5:25 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

Why wasn't Holly Holm trying out?