(Coach Forrest Griffin, ready for war.)
When we first heard about the big changes Dana White had planned for the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, our minds raced. Would the Octagon Girls be living in the house? Would the coaches’ challenges be decided not by normal bowling, but by Cosmic Bowling? Would there be a revolutionary new pit-fighting surface?
No, nothing crazy like that. Instead, the first few couple episodes will just be a lot more action-packed. As MMA Junkie reports:
According to a source close to the show, “The Ultimate Fighter 7” will start with 32 cast members — not the usual 16 — and every one of them will have to fight as soon as the show begins. The 16 winners earn a spot in the house, and the 16 losers are sent packing for home…That’s a far cry from past seasons of the reality series, when the first fight of the season sometimes didn’t take place until a second or even third episode.
Of the rumored middleweight castmembers, two have Bowman-esque professional records of 0-0, which makes a little more sense given the new format — if they have talent, they’ll earn a bunk in the house, and if not, we get to see the inexperienced rubes get smashed right off the bat.