The Ultimate Fighter reality show helped spark the surge in the UFC and MMA as a whole.
Now, with the new television contract with FOX, TUF will be getting a makeover of its own.
There will be a two-hour live season premiere that will showcase 16 ‘all-or-nothing’ fights between 32 fighters. After the coaches select their teams, they will choose who’s eligible for each bout and the audience will vote on who fights.
TUF will also follow the training camps of the coaches who are brought into fight on the finale. Those episodes will also be live.
The show will be shot over 13 weeks, with each episode being edited in real time and airing on Friday nights followed by a live fight.
After 12 episodes, a final all-live event will crown the new champion.
“Coming to FOX, we’re changing everything including the pay-per-view. We’re making a fresh start. We’re making a change to The Ultimate Fighter,” UFC President Dana White said. “We’ve done things that have been revolutionary in the fight business. What we want to do is take everything to the next level from pay-per-view to The Ultimate Fighter to everything that we produce.”