The Ultimate Fighter 16 has come to an end and now people are beginning to talk about the next season.
TUF 17 will be coached by UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and everyone’s favorite trash-talker, Chael Sonnen. The folks behind the scenes have decided to change nights, so TUF 17 will be airing on Tuesday’s rather than Friday’s. It will premiere on Tuesday January 22 on FX.
This past season of the show was one of the worst in the history of TUF, not only in terms of ratings, but in terms of fights as well. UFC President Dana White spoke earlier this week about this upcoming season and he says it is ‘so badass’.
“I know you guys are going to call bulls— on me and all that. I told you guys, last season of The Ultimate Fighter was the worst season in the history of TUF. This next season is so awesome and so badass. We have a guy on this season of The Ultimate Fighter, every fight he’s in, someone goes to the hospital.”
Not only did he send his opponents to the hospital, but he also made one of his opponents have a nervous breakdown.
“The whole house is terrified of this guy. F– terrified. Everybody. I picked this fight, and this guy is lined up with the guy I’m telling you about, and the guy has a nervous breakdown in the house over the weekend. Has a f– nervous breakdown. Freaks out and has a nervous breakdown. This guy scared the living s— out of everyone. It’s awesome.”
As mentioned above, The Ultimate Fighter made the move from Friday to Tuesday and White is very passionate about the move.
“Fridays suck. I think it’s the worst night on TV. It’s supposed to be the second-worst night on TV. Saturday’s supposed to be the worst. But, for instance, The Ultimate Fighter F inale on Friday, the one from Australia, did a million [viewers]. Saturday did 1.3 million. The male 18-34 demos were off the charts on Saturday night. I honestly think Friday night is the worst night on TV. … You have people getting off work. No one gets off work on Friday and runs home and watches TV. You get off work on Friday, you’re going out, no one’s watching TV.
Everyone has that Saturday where you’re laying around and you’ll watch TV on Saturday night or whatever,” White continued. “Friday’s the worst night for television. It’s all older people watching TV on Saturdays. That’s where there’s all these myths when we do these things on Saturday, [people say] ‘Murder She Wrote’ beat you on Saturday.’ Of course they did. That’s all the old people at home watching people on TV. Saturday night. That’s why they beat us. But the male viewers in our demos are off the charts, number one.”
Whether you believe White that this season is going to be ‘so badass’ or not is up to you, however with Sonnen as one of the coaches we are in for some entertainment.