Fuel TV will premiere a preview show for the latest incarnation of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Thursday night.
“The Ultimate Fighter Live: The Preview” will air at 11:30 p.m. Eastern on Fuel TV and will preview the upcoming series debut of “The Ultimate Fighter Live.” The latest season of TUF debuts March 9 on FX and will feature lightweight fighters.
Thursday’s preview show will feature host Jon Anik, UFC president Dana White and coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, who will coach the fighteres this season before meeting for Cruz’s bantamweight title in July.
The 30-minute preview show will look at the coaches, plus the 32 fighters who will vie for a spot in the TUF house.
“What we are doing this season with ‘The Ultimate Fighter Live’ – it’s never been done with television, with sports, with anything,” White said in a statement. “Basically, the reality portions of the show that you’re going to see will have been shot in the last two days, so everything is real time. The most incredible part of all this is that these fights are live, every Friday night. This is revolutionary television.
‘The Ultimate Fighter’ has become so popular because, in my opinion, it’s the most relevant reality show on television. It’s not some reality show where you see a bunch of weirdos on a show for a few weeks and then it’s over and you never see them again. These kids are coming in and competing to try and get into the UFC and hopefully become a world champion someday.”