If you thought Spike TV would just let FX air its new season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) without answering back, you've got another thing coming. They broke out the big guns this time.
The street certified big guns.
That's because the cable channel today announced it would counterprogram TUF on FX by airing a block of TUF programming, aptly entitling this little venture "The Ultimate Fighter Fridays." The inaugural edition debuts on March 9, 2012, and will feature Kimbo Slice as host.
More details from the press release:
Kimbo Slice, the wildly popular cast member from Season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter" will serve as host for the premiere installment of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter Fridays" programming block debuting on Friday, March 9 (9:00 PM - Midnight ET/PT). Kimbo will discuss never-before-revealed details of his experiences on the show and provide insight into what went on when the cameras weren't rolling during the filming of the "The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights." Season 10 was the highest-rated of all the 14 seasons on Spike, delivering an average of 3.4 million viewers per week.
How can Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber and a gang of UFC hopefuls hope to compete against a street legend like Kimbo?
The good news is they'll only have to do so for the debut episode. The bad news is Spike TV isn't stopping there. Here are some more details on what to expect on Friday nights:
Every week, "The Ultimate Fighter Fridays" will feature the greatest episodes from the 14 seasons of "The Ultimate Fighter." From Rashad Evans to Matt Serra, from Forrest Griffin to Kimbo Slice, "The Ultimate Fighter Fridays" on Spike TV will showcase all the incredible knockouts, unbelievable submissions, and tense drama from the hit Spike series. The network will air special themed editions of "The Ultimate Fighter Fridays" with input from fans. To get their voices heard, fans can follow Spike on Facebook and Twitter to share what episodes they'd like to see.
This is the war that will never end, Maniacs.
TUF 15 will feature lightweights and welterweights and the premiere episode of TUF 15 will be a two-hour television special. Subsequent episodes will run for one hour every Friday night for 13 weeks and, thanks to the new format, will feature LIVE fights.
So they've got that going for them.
Not only that, an entirely new level of hype surrounds the show thanks to the big reveal today that one of the chosen contestants, Dakota Cochrane, is a former gay porn performer. Read more about that here.
And for all the latest info on TUF 15 click here.