The UFC has done a great job of keeping the Season II of The Ultimate Fighter very quiet. Just like Season I, this season’s fighters had to sign a three million dollar confidentially agreement that they would not divulge any information to press, family or friends. They are currently taping the show right now as we speak, as the coaches Matt Hughes and Rich Franklin hope to mold one heavyweight and one welterweight out of 18 potential fighters as the next best thing in the UFC.
MMAWeekly.com had the story a month ago that Randy Couture would be very much a part of the show as his primary role is to implement new challenges on the show. So, no you won’t see guys carrying couches into the water and other strange challenges. Couture has the guys working hard on cardiovascular exercises like the first training exercise on the treadmill for the first show.
Couture didn’t only design the challenges for Season II, but he will be the face of the challenges. The UFC decided not to bring Willa Ford back as the host, that job will go to Couture as we told you last month. He will instruct fighters on what the tasks are and how to do the tasks.
One major change this season will be the round systems. Rounds will be THREE five minute rounds instead of two. You most likely will see announcers on the upcoming broadcasts, ala Contender, which will help educate the non-fan.
As far as the fighters go, not much information is being released. MMAWeekly reported a few weeks ago that Joe Stevenson and Josh Berkman are a couple of the fighters competing at 170 and we should have some more names for you this week. The first show for TUF Season II debuts on August 22nd on Spike TV.