“The Ultimate Fighter 8″, the eighth installment of the UFC’s popular Spike TV reality series, will feature lightweight (155lb) and light heavyweight (205lb) fighters.
The series, which began in 2005, featured two weight classes per season for the first four seasons before opting for single weight classes for seasons five through seven. Seasons one through six featured 16 fighters while the upcoming seventh installment, which debuts on April 2nd following UFC Fight Night 13, will feature 32 fighters who must fight their way into the “Ultimate Fighter” house. The upcoming season will feature middleweight (185lb) fighters.
The light heavyweight division has not been featured on the series since season three. Now-middleweight Michael Bisping and Matt Hamill were light heavyweight cast members on the third season.
Lightweights last appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2007 on the fifth season of the series. Though the UFC’s 155-pound division is arguably among its strongest, lightweight fights and fighters have been among the most exciting and popular in the promotion’s recent history. Gray Maynard, Matt Wiman, Joe Lauzon, Corey Hill, Nate Diaz, Manny Gamburyan, and Cole Miller were among the lightweight cast members on the fifth season.
The application cutoff for “The Ultimate Fighter 8″ is April 5th with filming set to take place over the summer. It will then debut in the fall on Spike TV.
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