Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials today announced "The Ultimate Fighter Live: The Preview," a 30-minute special airing TONIGHT (March 1, 2012) at 11:30 p.m. ET on FUEL TV, featuring a sneak peek at the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15.
TUF 15, which premiers LIVE on March 9 via the FX Channel, will feature 32 lightweight contestants vying for the coveted "six-figure contract" under the tutelage of bantamweight coaches (and division rivals) Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.
From UFC President Dana White:
"What we are doing this season with ‘The Ultimate Fighter Live' - it's never been done with television, with sports, with anything. Basically, the reality portions of the show that you're going to see will have been shot in the last two days, so everything is real time. The most incredible part of all this is that these fights are live, every Friday night. This is revolutionary television. The Ultimate Fighter' has become so popular because, in my opinion, it's the most relevant reality show on television. It's not some reality show where you see a bunch of weirdo's on a show for a few weeks and then it's over and you never see them again. These kids are coming in and competing to try and get into the UFC and hopefully become a world champion someday."
White will co-host tonight's preview show alongside UFC commentator Jon Anik. Also getting in on the action are Cruz and Faber, who will square off for "The Dominator's" title at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But the longtime rivals aren't doing anything in "Sin City" until they satisfy their coaching duties on TUF 15, beginning with the two-hour season premiere on March 9 and then one hour every Friday night (at 10 p.m. ET) for the following 13 weeks up until the June 1 live finale.
A video of what you can expect during this upcoming live season, after the jump.
The complete TUF 15 roster right here.