by MMAWeekly.com
Spike TV this week officially announced the upcoming season of the mixed martial arts reality series The Ultimate Fighter featuring sixteen up-and-coming welterweight fighters from around the world.

This sixth season of the series is branded “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Serra vs. Team Hughes.” As usual, the cast was divided into two teams. One team is coached by current UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra, the other by former champion Matt Hughes.

Serra and Hughes will fight each other on a UFC pay-per-view, likely on Dec. 29, following the conclusion of the series.

Serra is currently the #1 ranked fighter in the MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings, while Hughes has a hold on the #3 position.

“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Serra vs. Team Hughes” premiers Wednesday, Sept. 19 following UFC Fight Night. The series assumes a regular Wednesday night time-slot on Sept. 26 at 10pm.

The Wednesday night airings represent a departure for the series, which had been airing on Thursday nights in recent seasons.

The announced cast for this edition of The Ultimate Fighter includes: Matt Arroyo, Daniel Barrera, Blake Bowman, Mac Danzig, Paul Georgieff, Richie Hightower, John Kolsci, Troy Mandaloniz, Billy Miles, Roman Mitichyan, Dorian Price, Jared Rollins, Ben Saunders, Joe Scarola, George Sotiropoulis, and Tommy Speer.