With the UFC making the move to Fox in the new year, “The Ultimate Fighter” , TVs longest running sports reality show is now to be featured on FX in a new live format.
On March 9, season 15 of “TUF” will debut on FX Networks with bantamweight rivals Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber as coaches. The new season will continue on Friday nights with the season finale scheduled for June 1.
“We’re producing ground-breaking television with The Ultimate Fighter LIVE and we can’t wait to kick this season off with FX in March,” UFC President Dana White said. “It’s going to be can’t-miss TV. Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber are two incredible personalities who also happen to be two of the best fighters in the world. They genuinely dislike each other and I expect this to make for the best season yet.”
Bantamweight champion, Cruz, has been running through competition, winning his last ten fights. Cruz’s sole loss is his near perfect 19-1 record comes by way of opposing coach, Faber. That loss was recently avenged when Cruz pushed “The California Kid” to a unanimous decision loss, capturing the UFC bantamweight strap for his efforts.
“The Dominator” has long sought an opportunity to serve as coach on “The Ultimate Fighter”. The chance to coach opposite his longtime rival makes the opportunity that much sweeter.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a gym rat and love learning and teaching mixed martial arts,” Cruz, who trains at Alliance MMA in San Diego, said. “This is a dream come true. To get a chance to coach TUF and beat Faber again is all the motivation I need. This is going to be an insane season of The Ultimate Fighter.”
Faber is not new to being a champion, holding the WEC featherweight title for just under two years. Leading Team Alpha Male, Faber seems to only be a natural selection to motivate and assist the new fighters through their journey.
“I can’t wait to be the next coach on The Ultimate Fighter,” Faber, whose gym in Sacramento has helped produce UFC stars Benavidez, Chad Mendes and Danny Castillo, said. “I am looking forward to mentoring a bunch of hungry and talented fighters. Having Dominick coach on the opposite side couldn’t be more perfect. I’m not too thrilled about being in each other’s space for an extended period of time, as I am sure we are going to get on each other’s nerves. But I can’t wait to mentally beat him up as a coach, and then literally beat him up in the cage and swipe that UFC strap.”
Season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter” is going to feature lightweight and welterweight contestants fighting for two six-figure contracts.