TUF 18: Rousey/Tate Discussion
The Ultimate Fighter 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Zingano will air on Fox Sports 1 starting September 4th
UFC president Dana White confirmed that the next season of The Ultimate Fighter will air on Fox Sports 1 in September, ending a three season run on FX. TUF 18 will be coached by women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano, who defeated Miesha Tate by TKO earlier in the evening to clinch both the coaching slot and a title shot.
This news is not particularly surprising, as the original plan was to move all sports programming on FX to the new Fox Sports channels as well as the main Fox network. The only unknown was whether or not TUF would qualify as "entertainment" or strictly "sports". It looks like the answer is "sports", and you can expect to see future seasons of The Ultimate Fighter on Fox Sports 1. The new channel will launch on Saturday, August 17th, with the UFC holding a live event in Boston on launch day.
Update: The new season debuts Wednesday, September 4th at 10 PM ET.