On Saturday night, it was announced “The Ultimate Fighter” will transition to FOX Sports 1 this fall. The report comes just minutes after Cat Zingano beat Miesha Tate to earn the right to coach opposite UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey (pictured) on the 18th season of the reality show.
“Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter just ended and it was the best season we’ve ever done,” said UFC president Dana White. “Season 18 is going to be historic and groundbreaking with the first-ever women coaches, and men and women training and living together, and we’re excited to be airing it on the best new sports network in the country, FOX Sports 1.”
Rousey and Zingano will mentor male and female bantamweight (135 lbs) fighters, living and training together, vying for the title of The Ultimate Fighter and a six-figure UFC contract. Zingano will challenge Rousey for her crown once the season wraps.
“Having the opportunity to help fighters kick off their careers – especially the women – is an amazing experience,” said Rousey. “I’ve had the chance to be a guest on past episodes, and I felt the passion, determination and commitment these fighters bring to the sport. I can’t wait to start coaching this next history-making season on this exciting new network.”
TUF 18 premieres Wednesday, September 4 at 10PM ET/7PM PT.
TUF, which has aired on FX the past three seasons, joins the rest of the UFC’s content currently on FUEL TV to transition to the channel that is expected to rival ESPN.
FOX previously announced plans to rebrand SPEED and FUEL TV as FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, respectively. FS1 launches August 17.