Spike TV Logo

With Thursday’s announcement about the UFC moving to FOX, Spike TV has officially announced the 14th season of the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ will be the last on the network.

Spike officials made a statement on Thursday regarding the end of their partnership with the UFC, and moving in a direction of different original programming.

“The Ultimate Fighter” season 14 in September will be our last,” read the press release from Spike TV. “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.”

While the UFC’s new programming including future season of the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ and other original shows will now be featured on FOX, Spike TV isn’t completely out of the UFC business.

Currently, Spike TV still owns the rights for all previous UFC broadcasts, ‘Ultimate Fighter’ programming and other original shows through the end of 2012. The UFC can of course buy back the rights to those programs, but it’s all repeat shows from previous broadcasts.

All new programming will air on FOX, FX and other FOX subsidiaries.

While Spike TV officials made the statement about moving in a different direction, it’s no secret that the Viacom owned company is currently in negotiations to bring Bellator Fighting Championships onto the network.

Bellator currently airs on MTV2, but a move to the MMA friendly Spike TV could be a ratings boost for the promotion as well as replace some of the programming void left by the UFC’s exit.

The ‘Ultimate Fighter’ season 14 will begin airing on Spike TV in Sept and will be the final year for the long running reality show on the network.


Damon Martin is the lead staff writer and radio host for MMAWeekly.com.
Follow
@DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon a question or comment.


Follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.


view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

The Complete Guide to UFC Fight Night 90 and TUF 23 Finale

  • 27 days ago
  • 50 views

International Fight Week begins with a pair of stacked cards in the lead-up to UFC 200. On Thursday, July 7, the UFC's Fight Pass platform plays host to a fun Fight Night event headlined by a lightwe read news >>

The Complete Guide to UFC Fight Night 90 and TUF 23 Finale

  • 27 days ago
  • 7 views

International Fight Week begins with a pair of stacked cards in the lead-up to UFC 200. On Thursday, July 7, the UFC's Fight Pass platform plays host to a fun Fight Night event headlined by a lightwe read news >>

By the Numbers – TUF 23 Finale

  • 26 days ago
  • 61 views

Go inside the numbers of The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, featuring a main event title fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha. read news >>

TUF 23 Primer: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 25 days ago
  • 97 views

No. 1-ranked* Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11-0) and No. 2-ranked Claudia Gadelha (13-1) will be set to continue their feud at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. The two previously met in a closely contested tit read news >>

TUF 23 Finale Video: Claudia Gadelha – The Championship is Coming Home

  • 24 days ago
  • 16 views

Top ranked women's Strawweight Claudia Gadelha believes that she is the perfect fighter to dethrone undefeated champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and bring the belt home to Brazil. read news >>

TUF 23 Finale Joe Rogan Video Preview: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha

  • 22 days ago
  • 39 views

UFC commentator Joe Rogan previews one of the biggest rivalries in MMA, as Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha fight in a rematch for the strawweight title. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 90 & TUF 23 Finale: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 20 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC 200 comes our way on Saturday, but the UFC will also give us two additional events in the days preceding the stacked card. Each card features a UFC championship on the line. UFC Fight Night 90 ta read news >>

TUF 23 Finale: Jedrzejczyk vs. Gadelha Full Live Results and Fight Stats

  • 20 days ago
  • 41 views

Follow along for TUF 23 Finale: Jedrzejczyk vs. Gadelha full live results and fight stats. First fight is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, July 8. read news >>

TUF 23 Finale Weigh-in Results: Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha Step Out of the Shadow to Make Weight

  • 19 days ago
  • 16 views

In the shadows of a crazy 24 hours, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha made weight to make their TUF 23 Finale title fight official. read news >>

TUF 23 Finale Main Event Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha Weigh-in Video

  • 19 days ago
  • 45 views

Watch as Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha step on the scale and then get in each other's face for the staredown, forcing Dana White to earn his keep. read news >>