The era of “live fights” on long-running reality series the Ultimate Fighter was a short-lived one, as the organization has revealed the next season of TUF will involve a fully-taped show rather than any “real time” reactions to situations in and out of the house. The explanation for the move back to the way things had been done for the fourteen previous seasons was said to involve logistics in addition to providing fans with a more-polished product complete with detailed storylines.

TUF 16 will begin casting in a few weeks with a debut in September. The program will feature welterweights. Coaches are still unknown at this time.

News of the UFC’s plan came by way of chief executive Dana White who spoke about it to Yahoo Sports, adding, “FX wants to try it again on Friday nights But if it’s not up to the standards I’m expecting, I’m pretty sure they’ll give me what I want.”


MMATraining Take: I understand the apprehension to trying another live season but I thought the format was fairly excellent. They captured pranks, drama, in-house conflict, and intense training. How is that different than any other season storyline-wise? Plus, fans got the awesomeness of live action every Friday night. It seems to me money must be an issue more than anything since I’d wager it’s more expensive to do things the way they did because, as a fan/viewer, I saw little wrong and a lot right with last season’s effort.