Season six of the hit UFC mixed martial arts reality show, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), is set to debut on Wednesday, September 19, at 11 p.m. ET on the Spike television network.
As we've been telling you for months now, there will be 16 welterweight fighters competing in this tournament and the two coaches are UFC Welterweight Champion, Matt Serra, and former 170-pound titleholder, Matt Hughes.
For more on the TUF 6 assistant coaches such as Robbie Lawler click here.
There's been rumors here and there about the fighters who will actually compete on the show. Well, Dave Meltzer has an article in the Los Angeles Times that details the various participants.
Here's the official list:
(Note: Check out the article for brief descriptions on each fighter)
Taping for the show is already complete. And the two finalists will battle it out at the TUF 6 Finale on December 8 from Las Vegas, Nevada, to determine the winner.
In addition, TUF 6 coaches Matt Serra and Matt Hughes will clash in a championship match up a few weeks later on New Year's Eve weekend.
Here's a snip from Serra:
"Me and Matt Hughes, we don't get along. I was looking forward to fighting him anyway because I don't like him. I think he's an arrogant jerk. He's a very powerful fighter. He should be in the Hall of Fame for what he's accomplished. But he walks around with his nose up in the air. He's your typical bully."
And from Hughes (who mentions he plans to fight six more times before he retires):
"I think maybe he got a little lucky when he beat George. I have more ways to beat him than he has to beat me. I didn't see anything [on the show] that gave me any doubt. Matt and I don't like each other. But we didn't get into any fights. I wasn't going to let the fact we are fighting affect me as a coach. As far as I was concerned, he wasn't there. If he said anything I didn't like, I let it roll off my shoulders."
UFC Fight Night 11 will lead into the premier episode of TUF 6. It's the reason for the late start. Going forward, TUF 6 will air on Spike TV in the usual 10 p.m. ET slot.