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‘The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Zingano’ to Premiere September 4th on FOX Sports 1; Series Returns to Wednesday Nights

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In case you missed the announcement during the TUF 17 Finale broadcast, the UFC confirmed this weekend that The Ultimate Fighter will shift to the recently-announced FOX Sports 1 channel, beginning with the upcoming “Team Rousey vs. Team Zingano” season (aka TUF 18), which premieres Wednesday, September 4th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. From the press-release:

Bringing The Ultimate Fighter to FOX Sports 1 is like adding a big bat to an exciting young lineup,” said [Fox Sports Media Group COO and co-president Eric] Shanks. “TUF has jump-started the careers of dozens of fighters, many who have gone on to become UFC champions. It’s going to be a welcomed addition to FOX Sports 1, and the perfect anchor for our Wednesday prime time UFC block. We’re absolutely thrilled to have it.”

Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter just ended and it was the best season we’ve ever done,” said UFC® President Dana White. “Season 18 is going to be historic and groundbreaking with the first-ever women coaches, and men and women training and living together, and we’re excited to be airing it on the best new sports network in the country, FOX Sports 1.”

Later, the announcement boasts that TUF “has launched the careers of more than 100 UFC fighters and has produced past champions such as Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping and Matt Serra.” Ah, yes…who could possibly forget Michael Bisping‘s epic title reign as the UFC Middleweight Interim Gatekeeper Champion of the U.K.? Nice try, guys.

With TUF now locked down in its new broadcast home, all of the UFC’s cable-TV offerings will officially be aired on FOX Sports 1, which should help alleviate some of the channel flipping confusion that has plagued the promotion in recent years. (Spike…Versus…FX…FUEL…yada yada yada.) FOX Sports 1 will launch on Saturday, August 17th, and will feature a live UFC event from Boston that night.

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Lex Talionis- April 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm
It won't work, all the people that want to watch a bunch of assholes live in a house and fuck will watch jersey shore, and anyone that cares about mma gave up on TUF a long time ago.
Fried Taco- April 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm
I wish it was on HBO, or Showtime After Dark, so we could watch the showers and other shenanigans without blurry spots and all those fucking bleeps!
cman- April 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm
Speed is actually on pretty much EVERY cable provider.
Was anyone else suprised how much bigger rousey looks than zingano considering how much bigger she looked to Tate?
Alan K- April 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm
Pen, Fox Sports 1 isn't Fuel. It's Speed TV. That's on most basic cable packages.
Clyde- April 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Bisping was the undisputed UFC champion of getting knocked the fuck out in immensely satisfying fashion by Dan Henderson. He still is today, and I for one expect that reign to last forever.

But yeah, 3 doesn't really count as many, especially since I think none of those 3 successfully defended their title..
Pen Fifteen- April 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm
This switch isn't going to alleviate shit. Spike is part of virtually every basic cable package in the country, as is FX, whereas Fuel/Fox Sports 1 has always been one of those gold tier things, not to mention the fact that the channel isn't even available in certain cable markets (e.g. right here in Chicago). Looks like that'll just be even more fights for which I'm forced to read the liveblog.
danomite- April 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm
I've got an idea to improve ratings. STOP CHANGING THE FUCKING TIME SLOT!