What better way to boost “The Ultimate Fighter: Live’s” struggling television ratings than to break news on the reality show? During Wednesday’s conference call, it was announced UFC president Dana White will reveal during this Friday’s episode who will battle Urijah Faber (Pictured) for the vacant interim bantamweight belt at UFC 148.
Faber, who is currently coaching opposite Dominick Cruz in this season’s edition of TUF, was slated to challenge Cruz for his crown in the July 7th event, but “The Dominator” was forced to withdraw from their shootout last week after tearing the ACL in his knee.
Renan Barao, Michael McDonald and Ivan Menjivar are the respective frontrunners to stand opposite “The California Kid.” Barao is currently scheduled to face Menjivar at UFC 148, while McDonald is fresh off a quick 1stRound knockout victory over Miguel Torres just last month.
Oh, by the way, Vinc Pichel will battle Chris Saunders and Al Iaquinta meets Andy Ogle in Friday’s show to determine who advances to the tournament’s semifinals.
White will likely make the announcement at the conclusion of the 60-minute episode in order to keep views glued to their television sets.
‘TUF: Live’ airs on FX at 10PM ET (7PM PT satellite).
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts UFC 148. Middleweight king Anderson Silva headlines the pay-per-view broadcast opposite Chael Sonnen.