UFCJunkie.com has a report on its site stating the UFC president Dana White said two days ago during his ESPNews appearance that light heavyweight and heavyweights will be featured on the next two editions of The Ultimate Fighter.
I guess the UFC will just be completely skipping the middleweights?
It will be interesting to see if the UFC and Spike TV decide to make any changes to the TUF format in light of the recent revelation that Mark Burnett has a deal with Pro Elite to producer a mixed martial arts reality TV show. We really don’t know much about Burnett’s plan at this point or if the project will even come to fruition. A lot of TV shows signs development deals and are never heard from again.
Whether the UFC views Burnett as a threat to the TUF franchise also remains to be seen. However, Pro Elite has a deal with Showtime, which is owned by CBS. If Burnett and Pro Elite could somehow swing a deal to get their show telecast on CBS then the UFC might not be too pleased. Spike TV is operated by Viacom, which is owned by CBS. If there’s any push by Pro Elite to have the show televised by CBS, I’m pretty sure the UFC will have something to say about it.