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'The Ultimate Fighter 13' tryouts draw interesting crowd

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Nearly 300 welterweights and middleweights took part in open tryouts for "The Ultimate Fighter 13" on Thursday in Las Vegas. The fighters showed their stuff for Dana White, Joe Silva and Spike TV's Brian Diamond. 

MMA Junkie reports that Andre Galvao, who competed on Strikeforce's most recent card, and former Strikeforce Challengers co-headliner Karl Amoussou were the two most notable participants at the tryouts. However, many more notable fighters also showed up for the chance to appears on the internationally televised program.

Additional notable middleweights taking their chances for a shot on "The Ultimate Fighter 13" include Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Zak Cummings (12-2), 42-year-old WEC vet Ariel Gandulla (5-6), "TUF 9" contestant Frank Lester (4-4), Bellator, Showtime and EliteXC vet Robert "Bubba" McDaniel (15-6), "TUF 7" cast member Jeremiah Riggs (3-5), recent Strikeforce Challengers headliner Louis Taylor (6-2) and Wand Fight Team's Vitor Vianna (10-1-1).

Noteworthy welterweight fighters trying out included Levi "The Marine" Avera (15-7), Strikeforce and King of the Cage veteran Shamar Bailey (10-3), WEC and EliteXC vet Muhsin Corbbrey (8-6), two-time WEC fighter James Krause (11-3), Wand Fight Team's Jorge Lopez (7-1), four-time IFL veteran Bristol Marunde (12-6), Bellator season-one vet Estevan Payan (9-3), two-time Bellator fighter Charlie Rader (13-3), three-time Bellator vet Tyler Stinson (18-7) and three-time WEC veteran Dave "The Bionic" Terrel (6-4).

Although it's unfortunate this upcoming season couldn't be featherweights and bantamweights, we'll see what type of fighters the UFC gets for this upcoming season.