“The Ultimate Fighter 7,” which is set to begin production in April 2008, will feature a cast of heavyweight hopefuls.
The pronouncement came today during a question-and-answer session with UFC fan-club members. The informal gathering, which was attended by approximately 1,000 club and media members, preceded today’s UFC 77 weigh-ins at U.S. Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati.
“The Ultimate Fighter,” which is currently in its sixth season, debuted in January 2005 on Spike TV. The hit reality series has launched the careers of approximately two dozen current UFC fighters while serving as a ratings monster for Spike TV.
Spike TV and UFC officials had flirted with the idea of featuring middleweights in the seventh season of the series but have apparently opted for heavyweights instead. The reality series hasn’t featured heavyweight fighters since its second season. Even then, most of the season’s most notable heavyweights — Rashad Evans, Keith Jardine and Rob MacDonald — have all since dropped down to light heavyweight.
By most accounts, the UFC’s middleweight division is the one most in need of new talent, though.
MMAjunkie.com recently spoke to Spike TV officials, who have estimated that the application process for “The Ultimate Fighter 7” will commence in November with the selection process concluding in January. Fighters will be flown to Las Vegas for the show’s taping in or around April.
The current season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which features welterweight champ Matt Serra and future UFC hall-of-famer Matt Hughes as coaches, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Tungviktare i TUF7?
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