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"The Ultimate Fighter 11" preview details new format with "wild-card" berths

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With the debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 11" just four days away, the UFC and Spike TV have released a five-minute preview clip available on the new official Web site of the series, UltimateFighter.com.

And while "TUF 11" coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz were announced for the show in December, and the list of 28 middleweight fighters competing on the show was released earlier this month, one detail remained unclear.

What is the new "mystery" format?

With 28 fighters competing in a tournament format, the math simply doesn't work out for a traditional 32- or 16-slot tournament. UFC president Dana White quickly explains the new rules to the gathered fighters.

"We're going to have a wild card," White says. "What that means is there's 28 of you guys; 14 of you will get into the house. After the first seven preliminary fights, the coaches and I will choose two guys who we think deserve a second shot. Those two guys will take each other on. The winner will get the eighth spot in the quarterfinals."

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Post #1   3/27/10 4:07:29PM   

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Anything to make tuf interesting
I am kind of getting bored with it
They need to show more antics in the house then fight
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Post #2   3/27/10 6:36:03PM   

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i dont know if i want to see any more house antics personally but i am getting bored also. i would rather them shorten the season and just shoe 4 fights a week until the sub finals and then just 2. show a little bit of antics and training but i dont really care to much about the individual fighters, at least not till they do something important

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Post #3   3/28/10 8:04:46PM