The UFC heads into uncharted territory with its upcoming 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter. The long running reality series will feature women coaches for the first time, as well as both male and female fighters living in the same house while separately competing for a UFC contract.
So at the end of the Premiere we moved on to the team picks. A coin was flipped and Chael Sonnen won the toss, he chose to pick the first fighter, which was Luke Barnatt. This meant that Jon Jones (Little JJ as Chael calls him) got to pick the first fight match up. Jon decided to go right after our number one pick and matched up the shortest guy in the house, Gilbert “Jamal” “Gigantoooooor” Smith against the tallest man in the house, Luke “The European Gangster” Barnatt. Obviously after watching the episode the rest of Team Jones was not on board with this pick.
Amidst everything else going on, the UFC has themselves a busy day today with the UFC on FX 6 taking place in Australia and The Ultimate Fighter 16 finale weigh-ins. All 24 fighters made weight today for tomorrow’s event that will crown The Ultimate Fighter 16 welterweight winner.
Not only is The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale taking place this weekend but the second international version of the reality shot, TUF: Smashes will also be holding their finale in Australia. With the time difference the Australian card airs on Friday, while the domestic TUF 16 finale will air live on Saturday from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Ultimate Fighter is one of the longest running reality series going right now and is what brought the UFC and MMA to where it is right now. Currently in their 18th season overall, The Ultimate Fighter has produced multiple stars and a handful of champions. Along with all that though the series has also developed a lot of annoying habits over the years.
Another 32 hopeful Mixed Martial Artists will once again step into the UFC Octagon for a chance at greatness and the six figure contract that comes with becoming the next Ultimate Fighter. The 16th domestic season of The Ultimate Fighter begins this Friday on FX and features fighters from the welterweights division.
That strange feeling this weekend wasn’t the fact that you had one more day to party, it was the MMA void left by the absence of UFC 151. While the MMA world has moved on and the UFC has moved its attention to the new season of The Ultimate Fighter and UFC 152 they cannot hide from the fact something was missing this weekend.
The cast of 32 welterweights for the upcoming season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter dubbed “The Ultimate Fighter Fridays” have been released. Set to make its premiere in just two weeks and a day on September 14th special two-hour premiere will feature all 32 fighters in 16 elimination fights airing at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT on FX.