Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones UFCThe Ultimate Fighter will soon serve as a lead-in to one of the top nights in all of television for FX networks.

The long running reality show will move to Tuesday nights starting on Jan. 22 with the debut of The Ultimate Fighter 17, which pits UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones against Chael Sonnen.

The show will also move to a new 9 p.m. start time, shifting away from its current 10 p.m. slot occupied on Friday nights on FX.

FX officials confirmed the date, time and debut date to MMAWeekly.com on Monday. MMAJunkie.com first reported the switch based on an advertisement in UFC Magazine.

The move will now land The Ultimate Fighter as a lead-in to the popular FX drama “Justified,” which returns on Jan. 8 for its newest season at 10 p.m.

The Timothy Olyphant led drama is one of FX’s biggest shows, and routinely draws very good ratings including last season’s finale topping 2.6 million viewers.

The Ultimate Fighter will then become the lead-in to an even bigger hit on Tuesday nights in September when the No. 1 rated FX show “Sons of Anarchy” returns for its sixth season.

The outlaw biker drama is FX’s top-rated program, routinely pulling in well over three million viewers, with some episodes topping five million viewers throughout the 13-episode run.

The Ultimate Fighter debuts on Jan. 22 for its 17th season with coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen squaring off in their fight on April 27 in New Jersey.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all the latest Ultimate Fighter updates.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Episode 2 Preview

  • 29 days ago
  • 11 views

Following a debut episode where American Top Team fell to the Blackzilians in the opening fight of the series, The Ultimate Fighter will kick off episode 2 with just as much emotion, as the two rival read news >>

Michelle Waterson vs. Angela Magana Added to TUF 21 Finale

  • 27 days ago
  • 33 views

Newly signed UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson will make her promotional debut at the Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale, officials announced late Wednesday evening. read news >>

Episode No. 2 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 21: ATT vs. Blackzilians'

  • 27 days ago
  • 19 views

Check out a recap of episode No. 1 of “The Ultimate Fighter 21,” the first gym vs. gym season of the UFC’s long-running reality series.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 21 live discussion: Episode 2

  • 27 days ago
  • 16 views

Tonight, we have you covered for live coverage of episode 2 of The Ultimate Fighter. TUF: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians airs tonight at 10 pm on Fox Sports 1. Join us here for live discussion. Y read news >>

TUF 21 results, recap (Ep. 2) for 'ATT vs. Blackzilians'

  • 27 days ago
  • 117 views

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 returns to FOX Sports 1 later tonight (Weds., April 29, 2015) featuring episode two of the combat sports reality show, pitting American Top Team (ATT) against Blackzilia read news >>

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #1949 with Kevin Iole, Ricky Lundell, Ana Julaton

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Kevin Iole, Ricky Lundell and Ana Julaton.Filed under: News, Radio, UFC read news >>

Steve Bosse drops to middleweight, meets Thiago Santos at TUF: Brazil 4 Finale

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

Steve Bosse will finally make his UFC debut in June. The Canadian fighter, who stepped in as a ‘plan B’ for Quinton Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186, is now set to face Thiago Santos at The Ult read news >>

Steve Bosse vs. Thiago Santos added to TUF: Brazil Finale in Sao Paulo

  • 28 days ago
  • 7 views

Steve Bosse will make his UFC debut after all, and in hostile territory, as he takes on Thiago 'Marreta' Santos in Sao Paulo at the TUF: Brazil Finale. Just as he was promised, Steve Bosse got anothe read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Finale Event Page and Fight Card

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

Announced bouts and fight card rumors for The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Finale: Story vs. Silva on June 27 at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil. read news >>