Spike TV has announced that The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 11 will debut on March 31, 2010, and feature a 16-man roster of middleweights vying for a "six-figure contract" under the tutelage of former TUF Coaches and bitter rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
Both fighters are coming off back-to-back losses and are a far cry from where they were in their respective careers during their initial run as TUF Coaches.
"The Iceman" was steering the ship opposite Randy Couture in Season 1 of the Spike TV reality show. Liddell went on to defeat "The Natural" at UFC 52 during his storied run as UFC light heavyweight champion.
Ortiz on the other hand took over the reigns for Season 3 against Ken Shamrock. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" defeated Shammy at UFC 61 to claim his fourth straight victory inside the Octagon.
Liddell and Ortiz have met twice under the Zuffa banner, with the icy one claiming a TKO stoppage in both encounters. While most of the heat that surrounded their feud has long since dissipated, expect a new rivalry to emerge after squaring off in Season 11 of TUF.
The middleweight cast should provide a refreshing change from the cardio-challenged heavyweights that "fought" on Season 10. Stay tuned for an announcement to reveal the cast members in the coming weeks.
Liddell and Ortiz will fight for a third time at the conclusion of the show -- but does anyone want to pay for the completion of their trilogy? Or should the two legends light up the airwaves via Spike TV?
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