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    For a moment, it seemed like a horrific case of déjà vu.

    With a wry smile on his face, UFC president Dana White called out the names of James Toney and welcomed him to the mat for his chance at a spot on "The Ultimate Fighter 13."

    That turned out to be a mere Freudian slip, as welterweight Jamie "The Ghost" Toney (13-5) stepped forward to claim the slot. So while the brash pro boxer and one-time UFC vet "Lights Out" Toney didn't participate in the tryouts, a host of other notables did, including Andre Galvao (5-2) and Karl Amoussou (11-3-2).

    Open tryouts for "The Ultimate Fighter 13" took place today in Las Vegas, and nearly 300 prospective cast members took part in the process, including a host of notable big-fight veterans.

    MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) attended the eight-hour session, which took place in Las Vegas at the Red Rock Resort & Casino's Summerlin Ballroom. A total of 202 welterweights and 96 middleweights were vying for a spot on the Spike TV-broadcast reality series.

    All contestants were put through a battery of grappling and striking drills as White, UFC vice president of talent relations Joe Silva and Spike TV senior vice president Brian Diamond.

    Galvao, of course, is a seven-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion who made his mixed martial arts debut in August 2008. Galvao went on to a 1-1 record under the Japanese-based DREAM organization before transitioning to Strikeforce, where the welterweight prospect went 2-1 in 2010.

    Meanwhile, Amoussou is a 25-year-old middleweight Frenchman who in July suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Kazuhiro Nakamura under the DREAM banner. Prior the the defeat, the eight-time M-1 Global veteran fought to a technical draw with Trevor Prangley under the Strikeforce banner.

    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).

    A host of other promising prospects also took their turns at fulfilling their dreams. There was the unlucky contestant that apparently dislocated his elbow while grappling, cutting his day short. There was the 51-year-old former kickboxer looking for a final shot at glory. There was the Canadian champion who tried to wow the panel with his title belt and punctuated his grappling with extensive (and very loud) trash-talking throughout. There was even undefeated Dhiego Lima, who looked to up his chances by carving an homage to the UFC in his hair.

    But the most memorable moment of the day very likely went to one-armed fighter and former "Fight Path" subject Nick Newell, who wowed on the mat with a dizzying array of submission attempts before tapping his grappling partner with a deftly executed omo plata.

    Whether any of today's standout performers will make it on the show remains to be seen. Official cast announcements will not be made until just prior to the spring 2011 debut of "The Ultimate Fighter 13."

    For more on "The Ultimate Fighter 13," stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.
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    I'm gonna guess Karl Amoussou, Galvao, Vianna, and Jorge Lopez all made the show. They are all beasts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumble View Post
    I'm gonna guess Karl Amoussou, Galvao, Vianna, and Jorge Lopez all made the show. They are all beasts
    didnt tyrone woodley not get picked?
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    Quote Originally Posted by IceCold48 View Post
    didnt tyrone woodley not get picked?
    I didn't even know he had ever tried out, to be honest I don't really pay attention to who tries out at all. If he did get cut then shame on the UFC, that dude is a stud and is going to be a big name.

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    Woodley is still under contract with strikeforce. He has mad potential. 1-2 more fights he will challenge for the title. But galvao would be a good addition to the ufc. He is gonna be the front runner for tuf 13 for sure.
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    As far as I remember, Wandy has been saying great things about Vianna, so hopefully we see him there.

    BTW any clue of who the coaches are going to be? I would really adore to see Wandy there, but I have heard rumours that the coaches are going to be guys from WEC.
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    some big names on here. I will wait to the TUF roster comes out though before I make any statements on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pashak View Post
    As far as I remember, Wandy has been saying great things about Vianna, so hopefully we see him there.

    BTW any clue of who the coaches are going to be? I would really adore to see Wandy there, but I have heard rumours that the coaches are going to be guys from WEC.
    as entertaining as wec coaches would be, i hope they dont. The wec guys are going to need mpore exposure before that, or the seasons rating will be terrible imo.

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    Condit and lytle would be sick coaches. But they are fighting in feb so that rules them out.
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