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Ultimate Fighter done with “live” format after single season

When the Ultimate Fighter returns this fall the long-running reality series will do so with a far more familiar look than was the case this past season. According to UFC President Dana White, the show is set to revert back to its old format this September instead of featuring live fights and week-by-week summaries of the past week’s in-house action as was the case on TUF 15.

The decision to make the change was explained by White in a conversation with Yahoo Sports where it appeared logistics were at the root of things more so than ratings. Though TUF 15 did not draw numbers as strong as past seasons on Spike TV the program still did extremely well in key demographics compared to other offerings on television.

While TUF 16 will air on Friday nights as its predecessor did, White also mentioned he’d been promised an option to move it to Tuesdays or Wednesdays if things aren’t up to his standards this time around, as well as that the upcoming season will feature welterweights and casting starts in early July.

Coaches for TUF 16 have yet to be announced.