Dana White: TUF Live format scrapped
“The Ultimate Fighter” took on an entirely new format in the reality series’ latest season, broadcasting live fights at the end of each episode, as opposed to airing the fights after taping.
Unfortunately, as much as the live format was praised by many and loved by president Dana White, the live format is reportedly going to be scrapped due to the poor ratings, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole.
Iole went on to say that the show will remain in the 10 p.m. ET slot on FX, but White told him that a move to a weekday airing of the show has been promised to him if ratings continue to fall short of standards.
“The Ultimate Fighter: Live” featured an all-lightweight cast competing under coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber. Mike Chiesa earned the six-figure contract and title of new “Ultimate Fighter” with a submission win over Al Iaquinta at the season’s finale.
Now, the promotion and FX move forward with “The Ultimate Fighter Australia vs. U.K.: The Smashes” Coaches have yet to be named, but tryouts are currently underway.