‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Isn’t Going Anywhere • MMA News
The most recent ‘Ultimate Fighter’ Finale was simply the final one on FOX however the present will stay on within the UFC’s new broadcast cope with ESPN.
UFC president Dana White confirmed on Friday evening that there are already plans and funds in place for brand new seasons of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ as soon as the brand new ESPN broadcast deal begins in 2019.
The truth present was thought-about the savior of the UFC when it first went on the air on Spike TV again in 2005. Currently, the sequence has seen dwindling scores and an absence of curiosity from the informal viewers however the present is reasonable to supply and nonetheless turns round sufficient of a return in viewing that the UFC desires to maintain it alive.
Add to that, the UFC is presently engaged on an enormous campus in Las Vegas that can have the ability to home stay battle playing cards in addition to ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, which suggests much more financial savings relating to the price of manufacturing.
“‘The Ultimate Fighter’ isn’t going anywhere,” White mentioned on Friday. “We’re going to keep going. The design of the new facility that we’re building has ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ in mind, too. We have the money for it so it’s already done. It’s part of the money we have right now for content.”
Whereas ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ isn’t the scores juggernaut that it as soon as was, the sequence nonetheless churns out a stable record of prospects and permits the UFC an avenue to develop prospects exterior of Dana White’s Tuesday Evening Contender Sequence.
The most recent winners from the fact present — Juan Espino and Macy Chiasson — will soar into two of the extra shallow divisions within the UFC as they compete at heavyweight and girls’s featherweight respectfully.
Simply over the previous few seasons, a number of contenders have additionally emerged from ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ ranks together with strawweight wrecking machine Tatiana Suarez, ladies’s flyweight contender Sijara Eubanks and Kamaru Usman, who could also be subsequent in line for a welterweight title shot.