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Old 12-06-2011, 08:26 PM   #1
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that The Ultimate Fighter®, the longest-running sports reality show on television, is moving to FX this March with an exciting, new live format.

The Ultimate Fighter® LIVE debuts on Friday, March 9 as part of a two-hour season premiere beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show will then air for one hour at 10 p.m. ET/PT every Friday for 13 weeks on FX. UFC® bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and “The California Kid” Urijah Faber will serve as coaches on the upcoming season, with lightweight and welterweight contestants competing for two, six-figure UFC contracts.

This past Saturday, The Ultimate Fighter® concluded its run on SPIKE TV as 2.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the season 14 finale headlined by Michael Bisping battling Jason “Mayhem” Miller in a middleweight contest. The event was the highest rated and most watched TUF Finale since TUF 10 in 2009, and was the No. 1 program on cable among M18-49 and M18-34 (No. 2 in A18-49). In addition, season 14 was up +121 percent with A18-34 compared to the previous season. The strong ratings prove that the show has tremendous momentum heading into its highly anticipated arrival on FX.

“We’re producing ground-breaking television with The Ultimate Fighter LIVE and we can’t wait to kick this season off with FX in March,” UFC President Dana White said. “It’s going to be can’t-miss TV. Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber are two incredible personalities who also happen to be two of the best fighters in the world. They genuinely dislike each other and I expect this to make for the best season yet.”

“We believe that Dana and Lorenzo (Fertitta), along with Executive Producer Craig Piligian, have come up with exciting new changes to the format of The Ultimate Fighter that will expand and grow the series,” said Chuck Saftler, Executive Vice President, FX Networks. “The fact that the fights at the end of each episode will now be televised live is certain to create a sense of urgency for UFC fans. Furthermore, the move of TUF to Friday nights will provide a great ratings boost to the network.”

The rivalry between coaches Cruz and Faber dates back to March 2007, when Faber handed Cruz his first and only professional loss in a 145-pound bout. The 26-year-old Cruz avenged that loss this past July, defeating Faber by unanimous decision to retain the bantamweight crown in a Fight of the Year candidate. With the series now even, Cruz and Faber look to settle the score as TUF coaches, followed by a title fight in mid-2012 inside the Octagon®.

Undefeated at 9-0 since dropping to bantamweight in 2008, San Diego’s Cruz (19-1) has surged to the top of the division thanks to unorthodox striking, tremendous cardio, and aggressive wrestling. Owner of wins over the likes of Faber, Demetrious Johnson, Scott Jorgensen, Joseph Benavidez (twice), and Brian Bowles, “The Dominator” has long sought an opportunity to serve as coach on The Ultimate Fighter®. The chance to coach opposite his longtime rival makes the opportunity that much sweeter.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a gym rat and love learning and teaching mixed martial arts,” Cruz, who trains at Alliance MMA in San Diego, said. “This is a dream come true. To get a chance to coach TUF and beat Faber again is all the motivation I need. This is going to be an insane season of The Ultimate Fighter.”

Sacramento’s Faber cemented his place as a pioneer in the lighter weight divisions after holding the WEC featherweight title for a span of over two years from 2006-2008. Boasting victories over the likes of Cruz, Jeff Curran and Jens Pulver at 145-pounds, “The California Kid” dropped to his more natural weight class of 135-pounds in November 2010 in search of his second world title. He’s since been on a tear, most recently submitting former champion Bowles at UFC® 139.

Now, the 32-year-old turns his attention to another one of his passions – coaching.

“I can’t wait to be the next coach on The Ultimate Fighter,” Faber, whose gym in Sacramento has helped produce UFC stars Benavidez, Chad Mendes and Danny Castillo, said. “I am looking forward to mentoring a bunch of hungry and talented fighters. The new cast needs to be ready to work hard and learn! Having Dominick coach on the opposite side couldn’t be more perfect. I’m not too thrilled about being in each other’s space for an extended period of time, as I am sure we are going to get on each other’s nerves. But I can’t wait to mentally beat him up as a coach, and then literally beat him up in the cage and swipe that UFC strap.”
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:05 PM   #2
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Christ, do people still watch TUF?
I actually dont, was just tryna look cool by posting this 1st
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:29 PM   #3
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Bisping/Miller should've been a great pairing but Miller just seemed off. It was an alright season though, don't know if I'll watch this.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:04 PM   #4
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I like the new live format they will be going with for the next season.
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:11 AM   #5
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The fighters in this most recent season were very decent.

But the weightclasses? Lightweight I can kinda understand, the division is stacked at the moment, with some amazing upcoming fights, and a season full of new guys will set up some good name recognition and give the division some great exposure. But welterweight? Seriously? Didn't we just have a season of them which produced the most boring fights in the history of the show?

As far as coaches, Cruz and Faber have about as much personality between them as a potato.
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:47 AM   #6
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LOL at all the people acting superior by saying they don't watch TUF after one of the best seasons ever. I mean seriously - if you didn't watch TUF14 you missed out big time.

And the extent to which the format became stale on Spike is irrelevant - this is going to be very different. Different production company, live shows, season overlapping with coaches' camps and fan involvement. And Faber and Cruz have tons of personality.
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:50 AM   #7
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LOL at all the people acting superior by saying they don't watch TUF after one of the best seasons ever. I mean seriously - if you didn't watch TUF14 you missed out big time.

And the extent to which the format became stale on Spike is irrelevant - this is going to be very different. Different production company, live shows, season overlapping with coaches' camps and fan involvement. And Faber and Cruz have tons of personality.
You're at it.
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:58 AM   #8
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LOL at all the people acting superior by saying they don't watch TUF after one of the best seasons ever. I mean seriously - if you didn't watch TUF14 you missed out big time.

And the extent to which the format became stale on Spike is irrelevant - this is going to be very different. Different production company, live shows, season overlapping with coaches' camps and fan involvement. And Faber and Cruz have tons of personality.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:00 AM   #9
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Christ, do people still watch TUF?
It's really gone down hill not just in the fighters that take part but also the coaches. From Couture vs Liddell to Mayhem Miller and Michael Bisping to this? (Urijah and Cruz are at least an improvement)
Anyway the programme is just stale now.
You cant be serious

this past season was great in terms of fighters

watch the show to look for great additions to the roster, not for popularity contests for the coaches
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:41 PM   #10
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Makes sense otherwise Cruz Faber finish their trilogy and the division is stuck with a new face. Cruz is the face, Faber is the challenger but there aren't popular challengers lining up like in the other weights.

This should give them some time to build another fighters appeal.
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:51 PM   #11
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I haven't watched it in a while because it has had the same B-level fighters in every series. Might watch this series thou as I'm interested in the fight.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:22 PM   #12
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cruz vs faber haha faber is such a cool guy *no homo* so it will be interesting them trash talking it will go something like this
faber "go away dude your not cool man stop trying to act like the champ man"
cruz "just use protein shampoo on your hair faber sounds like your mad that im champ"
faber "we'll see buddy"
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