There had long been talks about Zuffa doing a version of “The Ultimate Fighter” with cast members being comprised of fighters from the featherweight and bantamweight divisions. With the news that the WEC will now merge with the UFC, the possibility is beyond real.
It’s a certainty.
As the lighter weight classes currently consisting of 145 pounds and 135 pounds are enveloped into the UFC starting in 2011, the possibilities of a reality show based around the divisions could happen sooner rather than later.
While UFC president Dana White says the promotion hasn’t put together any solid plans for it to happen yet, it’s only a matter of time.
“Yeah soon, that could happen soon,” White said about a TUF season with featherweights and bantamweights. “It’s nothing we’ve talked about yet, but absolutely.”
While the fighters of the WEC definitely have name value in the sport, the developing stars have never had the platform of “The Ultimate Fighter” to push them into the spotlight before now.
The possibility of filling the role as coaches for fighters like Urijah Faber, Dominick Cruz, and other top stars in the promotion could also be a great way for fans to know and learn more about the new champions and top fighters that will be competing in the UFC.
The next season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show will center around middleweights and welterweights, with tryouts starting in November. Filming for the reality show should start during the first quarter of 2011, but nothing could be ruled out as far as the next season of the show bringing in a class of 145-pound or 135-pound fighters as the new cast.