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TUF 11 To Feature 28 Fighters, New Format

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Straying from the normal format and surely likely to cause more than a few head scratches, Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV officials today confirmed that the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" will feature 28 middleweight fighters. The show traditionally features 16 or 32 competitors because of its single-elimination tournament format, though officials promise a "new format" that will be revealed during the show's March 31 debut. Spike TV officials, though, said the details of the format change will be kept under wraps until the March 31 debut. Production on the new season began today.

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Post #1   1/22/10 5:19:26PM   

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Interesting. Wonder what kind of a twist they have in store. Hopfully not the dreadful challenges, like the first season. A guy didn't even get a chance to fight because of that crap

Post #2   1/22/10 5:53:59PM   

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Posted by BustedKnuckle

Interesting. Wonder what kind of a twist they have in store. Hopfully not the dreadful challenges, like the first season. A guy didn't even get a chance to fight because of that crap

Two guys. Chris Sanford and Jason Thacker. Then they both got lit up on the finale.

Post #3   1/22/10 6:09:52PM   

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Do they have to go through a Ninja Warrior obstacle course ?

I can't confirm or deny that this picture is from tryouts.

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28? I'm guessing they actually do seeding on a 32-man bracket and give byes to the first 4 seeds. With a bracket in place, at least the fighters know when they're fighting, who they're fighting, and when they have to cut weight. The only downfall would be guys fighting their teammates sooner than usual. And, I guess they couldn't sell us with the element of surprise on the matchups, but I'd be all for it though.

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I like the idea of having the prospects fight actual UFC veterans to end up in the UFC. Like instead of having only 1 TUF winner, have it be 2....so long as they can get past Clark and Thompson. TUF Gatekeepers!

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Post #6   1/22/10 7:28:16PM   

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I'm always looking forward to the show....this season will be no different.

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they could have 14 fights then pick 4 guys to fight for a second chance spot.

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They just did a Aussie Contender, They had dumb challenges and the first couple people who won those challenges got to advance to the second round of fights, I was really dumb! 1 guy won a challenge, Didnt get a fight till like episode 5-6 and then got sick and never even had a fight!! It kinda robbed someone else of the spot you know!

I am all for challenges, But not if they possibly injure the fighter. They are there to fight, Not to carry Chuck and Tito on a lounge!!!

HELLS KITCHEN!! They had a challenge where they had to clean a damn fire truck, The two best cooks got badly hurt (I know!!) But it should of not happened. They where there to cook!!

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Nice way to keep the attention ! this format was getting OLD i wish they could change the Ultimate Fighter and take a page out of the Bellator book ... that would create some insta-hype !

Post #10   1/22/10 11:37:33PM   

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i have no clue what they could possibly be doing and its 8 in the morning, i'm not gonna try to figure out. but good idea everyone haha

Post #11   1/23/10 8:53:32AM   

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They should let one fighter win from each team and to get in to the UFC they have to beat each of their coaches

Which in this case would be Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz

both are on the road to being washed up but I would say Tito is more-so.

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Post #12   1/23/10 10:34:10AM