So, which side are you on? Team GSP or Team Koscheck?
UK fans who were missing out on Spike TV's popular mixed martial arts reality show "The Ultimate Fighter," will now get their chance to see what all the fuss is about thanks to a new broadcasting deal between the UFC and Sky Sports, according to Telegraph.co.uk.
And it sounds like Barney Francis, Sky Sports’ Managing Director, couldn't be happier:
"We’re delighted to renew our association with the Ultimate Fighting Championship as we were the first UK broadcaster to feature the UFC back in 2002. The Ultimate Fighter series offers a unique taster of a sport that has experienced a phenomenal rise in popularity in recent years and we’re sure it’ll prove popular with our subscribers."
28 lightweight fighters selected for the upcoming twelfth season will duke it out to see who gets a "six-figure contract" and who gets the boot. Of course, many of today's top stars are TUF grads, which means you don't always have to make it to the finale to enjoy a UFC career.
Leading the charge will be welterweight coaches Josh Koscheck and Georges St. Pierre who in keeping with TUF tradition, will battle it out on pay-per-view shortly after the TUF 12 Live Finale on Dec. 4, 2010. The rematch from UFC 74: "Respect" will be for St. Pierre's 170-pound title.
And according to Marshall Zelaznik, president of the UFC’s International Division, this latest television deal couldn't have come at a better time:
"Putting The Ultimate Fighter on Sky will create a halo effect of mainstream awareness. We are probably three or four years behind the US. We are trying to get it exposed to a new sports fan. We know we already have a solid fan base, but being on the Sky platform means an even bigger market to showcase the sport to mainstream sports fans. No one set out last year to have an 11-month hiatus. The pressure of building the sport into a global framework meant taking events to Australia, Germany, Abu Dhabi. It really just came down to logistics. This, however, is the kind of move which is going to cement our way to having three or four major events in the UK every year."
TUF 12: "Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck" is coming to Sky Sports. Which side are you on, UK fans?