The Ultimate Fighter has long provided plenty of fighters a good platform to showcase their talents and later go on to fight for the UFC as well as some other leading promotions in MMA world. Over the years TUF has given mainstream MMA highly popular and successful fighters such as Tony Ferguson, Forrest Griffin, Stephen Bonnar, Michael Bisping, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, among many others. Many of these fighters have also held titles in the UFC and have turned into household names. TUFC has also almost always generated decent ratings and money for the UFC management. However, the UFC President Dana White dropped a bombshell over the weekend that the current TUF season might be the last one ever.
TUF is an American MMA reality T.V. series. It is an exhibition competition produced by Fox Sports 1 and UFC. It was previously aired on Spike TV for fourteen seasons.
The UFC President recently spoke to MMA Junkie over the weekend about the UFC’s recent deal with ESPN. While White seemed unsure about the changes that the ESPN deal will bring to the UFC, he did seem certain that TUF will not be continuing after the next season. Here’s what he had to say:
We don’t know yet, we’re coming up on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter. We don’t know. It might be the last one. 13 years, The Ultimate Fighter has gone. It’s incredible.
That’s exactly right, 42 shows [a year], I have the ability to make some original content for those guys too, and it’s going to be awesome. ESPN wouldn’t cover us; now we’re on ESPN. Anybody who doesn’t think this is a win, just shut up. Stop covering the sport if you think this isn’t a win.
Fight Pass is gonna be the destination where the entire library sits and you can go in and watch whatever fight you want too or whatever other content we have on there. So that’ll be the same. And this ESPN deal is [only for the] U.S. So, Fight Pass is the rest of the world.