LAS VEGAS – For the primary time in virtually three years, new winners of “The Ultimate Fighter” had been topped Saturday in Las Vegas.
Middleweight Bryan Battle and bantamweight Ricky Turcios gained their respective “TUF 29” brackets and walked away with six-figure UFC offers. According to UFC president Dana White, the season not solely marked a winner for these two fighters – however the UFC and broadcast associate ESPN, too.
“It did really well for us,” White advised MMA Junkie at a UFC on ESPN 30 post-fight information convention. “It killed it as far as viewership goes. (ESPN is) really happy. We’re really happy. Yeah, I love the show. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The show will probably never go away – while I’m here anyway. It works.”
With the present “probably never” coming to an finish, White revealed the short-term plans and when followers can count on to see “The Ultimate Fighter,” Season 30.
“We’re doing one a year,” White stated. “Now that this one is over, we’ll start figuring out what’s next. We never really figure out the coaches until literally two weeks before the show is getting ready to get started. We’ll see what the landscape looks like at the time we starting doing it again and what the weight classes are and we’ll start figuring it out.”
“The Ultimate Fighter” launched in 2005 and is believed by many as being the shot within the arm the UFC wanted with the intention to flip its enterprise round. Since then, the truth collection has produced a handful of UFC notables and even champions like Rashad Evans, Kamaru Usman, and Robert Whittaker.
UFC on ESPN 30 passed off Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The occasion aired on ESPN and streamed on ESPN+.
To see the total interview with White, try the video under.