The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC’s reality program, begins this Friday. There are changes this year as the program will now include a live fight every week. Coverage in the US moves from Spike to FX. Here in Canada, first runs of the program will air on FX Canada. Sportsnet will also show encore presentations of The Ultimate Fighter at various times. Here is FX’s press release.
FX Canada taps into the intense and popular world of ultimate fighting when The Ultimate Fighter Live kicks off with a two-hour debut on Friday, March 9 at 9pm ET (8pm CT). Profiling 16 top mixed martial arts athletes as they compete for a six-figure UFC contract, each episode will end in a LIVE sporting event with two chosen competitors battling it out in the ring. Following the premiere, The Ultimate Fighter Live moves to Fridays at 10pm ET (9pm CT) beginning Friday, March 16 for 12 consecutive weeks, culminating in the championship fight on Friday, June 1.
The first season of The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX Canada will feature 16 fighters from the lightweight division (155 pounds). More than 500 prospective competitors from around the world auditioned to participate and were narrowed down through tryouts, cuts and background checks. The 16 finalists will be broken up into two teams of eight, with each team living in a Las Vegas home for the duration of the season. Each team will train under the supervision of a coach, who will choose one competitor to fight at the end of each episode for the right to advance in the competition.
The two esteemed coaches for The Ultimate Fighter Live are competitors, Dominick Cruz (UFC® bantamweight champion) and “The California Kid” Urijah Faber. The rivalry between the two dates back to 2007, and they’re looking to settle the score through their corresponding teams.