When the upcoming seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” starts up in April, it’s already widely known that the popular reality show will feature a brand new format designed to spruce up the series, which has saw ratings continually decline in recent years.
According to our friends at MMA Junkie, the new format may likely include a total of up to 32 contestants to start the season, a number that will be widdled down to 16 after a round of fights between cast members. The large amount could also result in many other fighters being revealed in the next couple of months.
The new format will most likely have a high number of fights during the first few episodes, a big change from past seasons where only a handful of fights if any occurred during the first three or four shows.
Thanks to MMA Junkie, Five Ounces of Pain, and MMA News, a slew of potential participants have already been named. The full list includes: Luke Zachrich, Mike Marrello, Prince Mclean, Steve Byrnes, C.B. Dollaway, Aaron Meisner, Matt Brown, Dante Rivera, Paul Bradley, Timothy Credeur, Jeremiah Riggs, David Roberts, Amir Sadollah, Brandon Sene, Josh Hall, Jesse Taylor, and Dan Simmler.
Current UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and the number one contender for his title, Forrest Griffin, will serve as coaches for the season and then fight after the show is finished airing on Spike TV.
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