If you watched Saturday’s ‘TUF 16 Finale’ show then you may have noted that unlike previous seasons there wasn’t the usual raft of match-ups between the competitors on the season.

It’s now emerged that the reason for that is that after the season’s pre-recorded episodes came to a conclusion on FX last week 12 of the 16 fighters on the show were released.

Speaking to Sherdog.com at the weekend UFC president Dana White explained why that happened.

“I’ll be straight up – last season was not my favorite season,” White said. “I think you could feel that half-way through. I told those guys, ‘you’d better start fighting or none of you are going to be in the finale’, and none of them were in the finale tonight.”

However, White assures everyone that they’ve built a strong pool of fighters for TUF 17 which starts in January with Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones as coaches.

“Next season is a whole other ballgame. We got stone-cold f*ckin’ killers next season.”

Watch more from Dana’s interview below courtesy of Sherdog.com.

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