Dana White: TUF will be moving away from LIVE formatPosted on June 13, 2012, 12:18 PM by Anton Gurevich
UFC President Dana White has confirmed that The Ultimate Fighter reality series on Fuel TV will no longer be LIVE.
Aired LIVE on FX, recent season of The Ultimate Fighter recorded some of the worst numbers in series' history, and was heavily criticized by fans and the media for failing to improve the familiar TUF format. Speaking at UFC 150 (Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar II) press conference, UFC President spoke about the upcoming changes (Yahoo! report, via BloodyElbow.com):
Though UFC president Dana White said he loves the live version of "The Ultimate Fighter," the reality series will return to a taped format for its next season, he told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday.
...for the first time ever, the fights were live instead of taped. That led to some time overruns and an inability to develop story lines introducing the audience to the fighters.
The show will remain on Friday at 10 p.m. ET on FX, though White said if "this next season isn't up to the standards I expect, they promised me we can move it to Tuesday or Wednesday." He said casting for Season 16 would begin in three weeks and will debut in September. Season 2 on FX will feature welterweight fighters.