The UFC takes The Ultimate Fighter to FX for the first time on March 9 for its fifteenth installment, with the show debuting a new format for the show’s new home.
For The Ultimate Fighter 15, coaches Dominick Cruz (UFC bantamweight champion) and Urijah Faber will oversee teams of lightweight and welterweight UFC hopefuls as they vie for a UFC contract and will do battle themselves upon the show’s conclusion– nothing unusual there when compared to other seasons.
The changes come in the show’s duration, in that it will be taped over thirteen weeks as opposed to the usual six, with quicker turnaround in the editing room, so that new episodes air weekly as they’re taped, and with the fights being aired live each week.
That will include the sixteen initial fights required to see who makes it into the TUF house, as will be sorted out in the season’s premier episode when the thirty-two lightweights and welterweights who made it through the primary screening process descend upon Las Vegas to chase their UFC dreams.
The show will debut at 9p.m. ET/PT with a two-hour special and will air from then on out on Fridays at 10p.m. ET/PT. Cruz and Faber are slated to meet in the Octagon at UFC 148 this July.