We review each and one of the cancelled shows on 2011 and the renewed shows on 2011 and after the shocker cancellation of Kate Plus Eight, another long running reality show is coming to an end, since Spike is cancelling The Ultimate Fighter after its fourteenth season. Although this cancellation for The Ultimate Fighter from Spike means a move to FX for the show, since Fox has landed an agreement with UFC to show some fights.
An official statement from the network says: The Ultimate Fighter season 14 in September will be our last. We are increasing our commitment to distinctive, original series that we own such as Auction Hunters and Bar Rescue which are delivering on our goal to reach a broader audience. Our 6-year partnership with the UFC has been incredibly beneficial in building both our brands, and we wish them all the best in the future.”
What was the Ultimate Fighter about? Plot Synopsis
The Ultimate Fighter is an American reality television series and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition produced by Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The show features unknown, professional MMA fighters living together in Las Vegas, Nevada, and follows them as they train and compete against each other for a prized contract with the UFC. The series debuted on January 17, 2005, with its first episode, “The Quest Begins”. To date, there have been thirteen seasons of the show, two per calendar year, with a fourteenth scheduled. Each season features either one or two weight classes in the tournament.
The historic Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar fight in the first season drew millions of viewers to the show and launched the sport into the mainstream. Because of this success, The Ultimate Fighter was regarded as instrumental to the survival and expansion of the UFC. Many current and past UFC fighters are alumni of the show, with some competitors going on to become coaches in future seasons. The show has undergone multiple format changes since its inception, including the introduction of the wild card bout. Many winners have gone on to compete for UFC championships with some becoming UFC champions.
And now The Ultimate Fighter gets cancelled by Spike TV. What do you think? Are you sad Spike cancelled The Ultimate Fighter? Are you happy it moved to FX? Let me know in the comments section.
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