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March 9, 2012 (Premiere)
The dawn of a new era for the Ultimate Fighting Championship® and its flagship series begins on Friday, March 9th as FX launches the inaugural season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER LIVE beginning at 9:00 PM ET/8:00 PM CT with a special two-hour premiere. The series then moves to Fridays at 10:00 PM ET/9:00 PM CT the following week for 12 consecutive weeks culminating in the championship fight on June 1st.
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UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC President Dana White, along with Executive Producer Craig Piligian, have transformed THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER LIVE and it no longer is just a competition reality series; it will become a LIVE sporting event.
The first season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER LIVE on FX will feature fighters from the lightweight division (155 pounds). More than 500 prospective competitors from around the world auditioned to participate. Those 500 have been narrowed down to 42 through tryouts, cuts and background checks. Of the remaining 42 fighters, 32 will be selected to participate in the series premiere episode or “Fight In.” From there, 16 finalists will be broken up into two teams of eight, with each team living in a house together for the duration of the season. The fighters will train together under the supervision of their team’s respective coach. One fighter from each team will be selected by their coach to fight at the end of each episode and the right to advance in the competition. At the end of the season, one man will be crowned THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER LIVE Champion and receive a six-figure contract with the UFC.
The coaches selected for the two teams this season are current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and former champion and current top contender Urijah Faber. In addition to their coaching duties, Cruz and Faber will be training for their rematch this summer. The first time they met, Faber successfully defended his title against the rising contender, but Cruz was able to unseat Faber in their second match to capture the title.
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Distributor: FX Network
Web Site: Official Site for The Ultimate Fighter Live