It was announced Saturday night that the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter will be used to anchor FOX Sports 1’s Wednesday night UFC lineup.
UFC president Dana White made the announcement, as Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano will appear as coaches. The series will feature both male and female bantamweights competing for a guaranteed UFC contract.
“Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter just ended and it was the best season we’ve ever done,” White said. “Season 18 is going to be historic and groundbreaking with the first-ever women coaches, and men and women training and living together, and we’re excited to be airing it on the best new sports network in the country, FOX Sports 1.”
Eric Shanks, an executive with FOX Sports, added his thoughts, and sounds excited for the addition of TUF to FS1.
“Bringing The Ultimate Fighter to FOX Sports 1 is like adding a big bat to an exciting young lineup,” Shanks said. “TUF has jump-started the careers of dozens of fighters, many who have gone on to become UFC champions. It’s going to be a welcomed addition to FOX Sports 1, and the perfect anchor for our Wednesday prime time UFC block. We’re absolutely thrilled to have it.”
The series will begin on September 4 at 10 p.m. ET.