Not only has the UFC put together two of the most interesting people on their roster to coach the next season of TUF, but it looks like they’ll be giving their fight to us for free on Spike!
The UFC made its coaches for Season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter” official on Friday. And after UFC 130, it was revealed they’ll fight each other on the reality series’ live finale card and not on a pay-per-view, as has become customary.
UFC president Dana White said after the post-fight press conference that Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller will headline the TUF 14 Finale, which is likely to take place in early December.
“What we’re going to do this season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ is, the coaches will fight on the finale,” White said. “It’s what we were planning on doing anyway. We’ve done it before.”
Sounds like the UFC is pulling out all the stops to make sure the next season of TUF reverses the recent ratings skid and fan apathy the show has been suffering from lately. They dug deep and picked a scumbag and a guy who hasn’t fought in the UFC since 2005 just to make sure the show is more entertaining than the Weather Channel. They’re building the historically awesome bantamweight and featherweight divisions, and the fighters have to fight their way into the house again. Now we’ve got a finale worth watching even if the only cream of the crop coming out of this season is a frothy cream of shit.
Who knows if all this will draw in new eyes – TUF has been pretty hard to watch for several seasons and once a show goes to crap it’s hard to draw back viewers. Abusive relationships only last so long, after all. But my standards are pretty low and the UFC only hurts me because it loves me. Even if it’s Business as Usual on TUF next season, so long as the fights aren’t amateur hour like this season or just plain goddamn awful like the Heavyweights season, I’ll be happy.