UFC and Spike TV agree to renew "The Ultimate Fighter" contract through 14th season

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grappler0000
6/12/09 11:17:23PM
As a successful ninth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" winds down – and a highly anticipated 10th season begins filming – the UFC and Spike TV have extended their agreement through a 14th season of the hit reality TV series.

UFC President Dana White announced the new deal at a Q&A session with UFC Fight Club members today at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, site of Saturday's UFC 99.

The existing deal, announced in October 2007, called for 12 seasons of the show.

"We actually just did an extension with [Spike TV]," White said. "We're going to be doing through (season) 14, two seasons a year.

"They're good partners. We work really well together, and they let me do what I do."

Prior to the extension, Spike TV was expected to air one season of "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2010 and another in 2011.

The reality show was expected to be augmented by a newly developed fight series, which would include live bouts. Immediate attempts by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) to reach Spike TV officials for the current status of the potential new series were unsuccessful.

In addition to the announcement of two additional seasons of "The Ultimate Fighter," White said he believed the show would follow up on the success of the ninth season with another "U.S. vs. U.K." theme.

"I don't know how many people here watched this season, but this season was awesome," White said. "The fights were great. It was a good show, and it worked out well.

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mach
6/13/09 12:51:55AM
uggghhhh seriously


I know I don't have to watch if I don't like it but as long as it keeps holding up titles it's going to affect me
Twenty20Dollars
6/13/09 12:53:22AM
I could actually tryout for the show on like the 14th season.
xdanish020
6/13/09 1:53:47AM
I'll never complain about more "free" MMA.
Wolfenstein
6/13/09 2:09:00AM
Cool, although another UFC vs UK is just a bad idea in my opinion. This season didn't even really seem like the US vs the UK. Brazil vs Japan...now that could be cool.
StriderXero
6/13/09 5:33:50AM

Posted by Wolfenstein

Cool, although another UFC vs UK is just a bad idea in my opinion. This season didn't even really seem like the US vs the UK. Brazil vs Japan...now that could be cool.



Royce and Sakuraba as coaches...........i just got a nose bleed
Khaos
6/13/09 5:42:30AM
I'm glad that there's gonna be a few mre seasons, but the need ideas, I saw do another "comeback" season though a title shot doesn't have to be the reward.
Jackelope
6/13/09 6:08:02AM
Hopefully the UFC gets serious about the talent they put on the show from here on out. TUF 10 has some promise, but I've questioned a few of the calls made by the UFC in the past couple seasons.

I think at this point people have seen pretty much all there is to see for antics in the house, so let's get down to the real business- fighting and training. With legitimate bad ass fighters. Not guys who were picked for their attitudes in the house.

Not saying all the guys on the show are cans or anything, but it's been fairly obvious who will make the finals in the past couple seasons.
prozacnation1978
6/13/09 10:28:28AM
i think a u.s vs japan or brazil should happen next year
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