Just days away from the premiere of the new ‘Ultimate Fighter: Live’ (AKA TUF 15) on FX in the U.S, UK fans have been given the good news that they will also be able to see the show via ESPN UK.
Even better, for the first time UK fans will now be able to watch the show live, starting with the debut episode, a 2 1/2 hour special featuring 16 elimination fights, at 2am on Friday night.
‘The Ultimate Fighter: Live’ sees the long-running series shift to a new live format which means that rather than filming the whole season over 6 weeks and then broadcasting it at a later date, the show will now run over 13 weeks with highlights from each week airing on Friday nights followed by a live eliminator fight.
Meanwhile, the season’s coaches, bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and No.1 contender Urijah Faber will also be training for their title bout during this 13 week stint and will fight immediately after the final episode.
Overall this is very good news for the UK as it puts an end to the uncertainty regarding where this season would be aired, and also allows fans to see the action live rather than having to avoid finding out what happened until the show was broadcast several days later as has been the case in the past.
It’s also worth noting that the fact that they have signed the show to ESPN UK is a further indication that perhaps a new TV deal with the channel, who’s current deal to air the UFC’s live fights ends in the summer, could still be on the cards after all.
UFC president Dana White had previously indicated that he was unhappy with the ESPN deal and was going to look elsewhere when the contract came to a conclusion, but in the last month or so he’s changed his tune indicating that something has changed behind the scenes.