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The Ultimate Fighter moving to FOX Sports 1 in September


Season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, which will star Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano as coaches, will air on FOX Sports 1 when it begins in September, marking a move from FX, where it has aired for the last three seasons.

The show will also shift to Wednesday nights at 10 pm ET, according to the UFC and FOX. The partners officially announced the changes on Saturday night.

As previously announced, the season will feature both male and female bantamweights.

"Having the opportunity to help fighters kick off their careers – especially the women – is an amazing experience," said Rousey in a statement. "I’ve had the chance to be a guest on past episodes, and I felt the passion, determination and commitment these fighters bring to the sport. I can’t wait to start coaching this next history-making season on this exciting new network."

FOX Sports 1 officially launches on Aug. 17.

The network said that Wednesday nights will feature a UFC programming block. The channel will reportedly be available in over 90 million homes at the time it launches. UFC programming on the channel will also include live Fight Nights and UFC Tonight, among other things.

The women's bantamweight champ Rousey had earlier been confirmed as a coach. Zingano only won her role on the show on Saturday night in a comeback win over Miesha Tate via TKO.

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