by Ivan Trembow – MMAWeekly.com
In order to allow for more time to promote the live season finale of The Ultimate Fighter 3, Spike TV has made the decision to air the final two episodes of TUF 3’s regular season next Thursday, June 15th.
As a result, there will be no new episode of the series debuting on Thursday, June 22nd as previously scheduled.
The complete schedule breakdown is that the Spike TV line-up tonight, June 8th, will feature one new episode of TUF 3 in its normal timeslot (10:00 PM to 11:00 PM), as the semi-finals get underway.
Next Thursday, June 15th, two new episodes of TUF 3 will air back-to-back from 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM. At that point, all of the semi-final fights will have aired, thus revealing the participants in the middleweight and light heavyweight finals (which will air live on June 24th).
If the episodes aired on a normal schedule without doubling up next week, the full line-up for the June 24th finals could not be revealed to the television viewing public until Thursday, June 22nd, which would only leave two days to promote the season finale in TV commercials.
The season finale of TUF will air live on Spike TV on Saturday, June 24th from 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM.