Not happy with this season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF)? Neither is UFC President Dana White.
One of the early criticisms directed at TUF 13 was the decision to select 16 contestants for the Spike TV reality show without requiring them to fight for a final spot in the competition.
In seasons past, the premiere would feature 32 aspiring fighters slugging it out for the right to bunk at the TUF house. That, according to White, was a luxury they couldn't afford after the cable television network reduced the number of episodes for this season.
White wanted to make sure he had enough episodes to tell each fighter's story and decided to exclude the elimination round. It was a "big mistake" that he vowed would "never happen again."
Now, according to Heavy.com, it's been confirmed the UFC President is making good on his word and the elimination round will return for the upcoming season 14 of the long-running show.
But is that enough to right the ship? Is this news sufficient to make you tune in next season?
TUF 14 is currently scheduled to debut on Sept. 21, 2011; however, no announcement has been made regarding who the coaches will be. We'll keep you updated.