“The Ultimate Fighter” will move from FX to Fox Sports 1 beginning
with Season 18.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the rumored switch on
Saturday night during the live broadcast of the
“TUF 17” finale on FX. Season 18 of the UFC’s long-running
reality show will feature both male and female 135-pound fighters
coached by UFC bantamweight queen Ronda
Rousey and new No. 1 contender Cat Zingano.
The show premiers on Fox’s new cable sports network on Wednesday,
Zingano earned her crack at Rousey’s belt during Saturday night’s
main card broadcast, as “Alpha” put forth a dominant third round
and stopped former Strikeforce ruler Miesha Tate
with a flurry of strikes against the cage.
Rousey, meanwhile, successfully defended her UFC belt in the first
women’s bout in promotional history on Feb. 23, when the judoka
submitted onetime Strikeforce title challenger Liz
Carmouche with her patented armbar in the main event of UFC
Fox executives previously announced plans to revamp the network’s
programming, renaming Speed Channel and Fuel TV to Fox Sports 1 and
2, respectively. Available in roughly 90 million homes, FS1 debuts
on Aug. 17 with a to-be-named live UFC event at the TD Garden in