Millville native Tim Williams came up just short Tuesday night in his bid to earn one of the 14 berths on the "The Ultimate Fighter" reality television show on FX.

Williams (7-2), a 26-year-old former wrestler at Millville High School, lost a two-round decision to Dylan Andrews (16-4-1), a 32-year-old from Gold Coast, Australia, in the qualifying round that was broadcast Tuesday from Palace Station Casino in Las Vegas.

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Chael Sonnen, one of the two coaches on the show, described the bout as being extremely close.

Williams could not be reached for comment Tuesday. He was one of 28 middleweights selected from among more than applicants to try out for the show. Andrews was among 14 winners Tuesday who will be staying in a house in Las Vegas while competing in the TUF tournament.

The 14 fighters are being coached by UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Sonnen. The winner of the TUF tournament will land a contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Williams was seeking to become the second local mixed martial arts fighter to land a spot on TUF. In 2010, Lacey Township native Jeff Lentz was among 12 fighters to live in the Las Vegas house before getting eliminated early in the show. Lentz is 9-3-1 and is the Ring of Combat regional featherweight champion. He's also 1-0 as a professional boxer.

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