Spike TV announces the departure of The Ultimate Fighter

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“The Ultimate Fighter” season 14 in September will be our last. We are increasing our commitment to distinctive, original series that we own such as “Auction Hunters” and “Bar Rescue” which are delivering on our goal to reach a broader audience. Our 6-year partnership with the UFC has been incredibly beneficial in building both our brands, and we wish them all the best in the future.”

In response to the landmark deal between the FOX network and The Ultimate Fighting Championship, Spike TV has released a statement officially announcing the departure of the UFC’s hit reality series The Ultimate Fighter. According to the network, following the 14th season, they will turn their focus to alternative programming in hopes of reaching a wider set of demographics.

The TUF series, which played a crucial role in the promotion’s widespread success, began airing on Spike in 2005. Over the years, the show has produced such stars as Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Diego Sanchez, Ryan Bader, Rashad Evans, and many more. In 2012, TUF will find a new home on the FX channel and will now be broadcast live. So what do you think LowKick’ers? Will the show be as, or even more, prosperous on FX and is airing the series LIVE a smart move?

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