The next evolution of “The Ultimate Fighter” premiered on FX Friday night in it’s new live format.

Whenever you do something new, there’s always the possibility that it won’t go quite how you planned it. Dana White was certainly aware of that fact going into the premiere, but was pleased to say after it was over that everything went “perfectly.”

“Going into this thing … you’re always nervous when you do something new and do something different,” he told “We worked long and hard on this show to make sure this came off with no hitches. I’m very happy to with how it came off. It was perfect. Everything went according to plan. There were literally no hiccups whatsoever.

“It’s not easy doing this live. Nobody’s even done this before, and it could have gone any more perfect.”

As I noted in the comments of our recap, my only gripe with the premiere was the somewhat awkward silence at certain points. Allowing the audience to hear Dana White, Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber commenting on the fighters and the fights helped, but I think it would have been better if Jon Anik had more of a presence calling the fights. That’s not as big of a concern moving forward in the season since there’s only one fight at the end of each show, but hopefully it’s something they consider for future season premieres.

The full cast list

  • Joe Proctor
  • Cristiano Marcello
  • Sam Sicilia
  • Chris Tickle
  • Andy Ogle
  • Vinc Pichel
  • John Cofer
  • Chris Saunders
  • James Vick
  • Michael Chiesa
  • Mike Rio
  • Justin Lawrence
  • Daron Cruickshank
  • Jeremy Larsen
  • Al Iaqinta
  • Myles Jury

It’s also worth noting that Jon Tuck dislocated his toe pretty badly in his loss to Al Iaquinta. Lucky for us, Urijah Faber tweeted a picture!