The UFC’s long running reality series “The Ultimate Fighter” will eventually return and Dana White wants to team up with some old friends for a broadcast deal.
The UFC president has been adamant about “The Ultimate Fighter” staging a comeback after the series came to an end last year following the conclusion of their previous deal with FOX.
White has said plans are in motion for the reality series to return with filming expected to take place at the new UFC Apex, a multi-million dollar facility in Las Vegas that also serves as the home to Dana White’s Contender Series with a full production studio in house.
While nothing has been determined yet in regards to where the new season of “The Ultimate Fighter” would land, White loves the idea of teaming up with FX again after three previous seasons of the show aired on the network.
“I think we made some progress. We’re looking for where this thing’s going to end up. In a perfect world, I want “The Ultimate Fighter” back on FX,” White said on Tuesday following the latest edition of the Contender Series. “In a perfect world, that would be awesome.”
After inking a landmark broadcast rights deal with FOX, the UFC’s flagship reality show spent three seasons on FX including the only live version of the show as well as a popular installment that featured light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen as coaches.
The opportunity to work with FX again comes in large part because Disney now owns the popular network that currently produces series such as “Mayans M.C.”, “American Horror Story” and “Fargo”. Disney also owns ESPN where the UFC has their current broadcast rights deal.
“Cause FX is incredible,” White answered when asked why he wanted to work with FX again. “It’d be perfect. And ESPN owns FX for those that don’t know.”
Funny enough, FX has just recently started to dabble in more and more unscripted programming including a slate of docu-series that were just announced at the Television Critics Association meeting this week.
Back in February, FX CEO John Landgraf revealed plans to expand the network’s unscripted series with possibly 8 to 12 shows in the works.
When “The Ultimate Fighter” aired on FX, the show received solid ratings, especially when the series was broadcast on Tuesday nights during the season featuring Jones and Sonnen.