During yesterday’s appearance on ESPNEWS’ The Hotlist UFC President Dana White was asked during a viewer main session whether the UFC planned on doing another light heavyweight season on The Ultimate Fighter. White confirmed that the UFC planned on doing both light heavyweight and heavyweight seasons of the reality series “soon”.
White mispoke in saying that it could be season 6 or season 7 but as season 6 is already in filming and is welterweights only it appears season 7 will likely include the heavier classes.
Light heavyweights have been featured during both season 1 and season 3 although the format of the series has since changed from two weight classes to one per season which means the class of fighters is now 16 in a single weight class. Notable light heavyweight cast members from both season include Forrest Griffin, Mike Swick, Matt Hamill, and Michael Bisping.
Heavyweights have been featured just once during season 2 of the reality series. Notable cast members from the single season include Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine.
It appears that the light heavyweight will ultimately be the weight class for season 7 of the series while heavyweights may be season 8 or season 9. As of now the UFC and Spike TV have a contract through season 7 of the series although an extension for at least one additional season will likely happen this year.
Season 7 will likely tape this winter and will air next spring or summer.