When the names of cast members for the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter” began to
trickle pour out in the past week one had to wonder what the promised “big change” was going to be for the series. As it turns out there was a reason for the avalanche of names: the upcoming season is going to feature 32 fighters, double the traditional 16-member cast.
MMAjunkie.com has the scoop on the major alteration:
According to a source close to the show, “The Ultimate Fighter 7” will start with 32 cast members — not the usual 16 — and every one of them will have to fight as soon as the show begins. The 16 winners earn a spot in the house, and the 16 losers are sent packing for home.
Those fights will likely be televised at a breakneck speed, meaning the season’s first couple episodes should include 16 fights in total. That’s a far cry from past seasons of the reality series, when the first fight of the season sometimes didn’t take place until a second or even third episode.
With the vast amount of fights likely to be shown during the first several episodes as well as the varying degrees of talent present in the rumored cast this season is shaping up to be a must-see.