The highly popular UFC series The Ultimate Fighter is set to return on Wednesday night, September 19th at 11pm with current welterweight champion Matt Serra and his next opponent, Matt Hughes, serving as coaches.
Team Serra vs. Team Hughes will pit sixteen up and coming 170lb fighters against each other in a tournament style format that will end in December with two finalists battling it out for a UFC contract.
The show will debut at 11pm following a live broadcast of the UFC Fight Night event leading into The Ultimate Fighter, but the following week will see the program back at its normal 10pm timeslot.
Serra, who defeated former champion Georges St. Pierre in April to win the title, is very familiar to The Ultimate Fighter having earned his shot at the championship by winning the season 4 finale.
Joining Serra on the show as assistant coaches will be UFC fighter and Serra trainee Pete “Drago” Sell and boxing coach Ray Longo.
Fans are no strangers to Matt Hughes who is a former welterweight champion himself and also coached fighters during the second season of The Ultimate Fighter. Hughes will step in to coach a team of 8 fighters trying to earn a chance at the UFC.
Hughes will be joined by assistant coaches Robbie Lawler (who is the current ICON sport middleweight champion), Matt Pena and Marc Fiore.
Serra and Hughes will also finish their feud shortly after the season ends with a welterweight championship fight between the two coaches on pay-per-view.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 6 debuts on Spike TV, Wednesday night September 19th at 11pm.