The debut of The Ultimate Fighter 16 is on September 14th on FX, and features coaches Shane Carwin and TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson. Spike TV, former home of live UFC content as well as TUF, still has UFC library rights until the end of the year, and have been counter-programming UFC shows frequently throughout the year. This time is no different as today they announced via press release that they will go against the premier of TUF 16 with a Big Country marathon. It's a marathon in the loosest sense of the word because ... well ... there are only two Nelson fights actually shown. This is their complete lineup:
- 8 PM ET/PT is the TUF 10 episode featuring Roy Nelson's fight with Kimbo Slice. Nelson won the fight by 2nd round TKO.
- 9 PM ET/PT is the TUF 10 Finale, with the main event of Nelson's KO of Brendan Schaub in the 1st round to win TUF and the six-figure contract.
The two-hour FX broadcast begins at 9 PM ET/PT.
Honestly I've long grown disillusioned with TUF, but the TUF 10 Finale was one of the weirdest and most entertaining cards I've ever seen. This card not only had the Nelson victory, but Jon Jones' first loss, Frankie Edgar's title shot clinching victory, John Howard's dramatic KO of Dennis Hallman, and of course the hilariously robotic striking of Marcus Jones.
If the latest season of TUF isn't floating your boat I really wouldn't blame you if you chose Spike TV's choice of programming if not for the memories of Rampage vs. Rashad, Kimbo Slice, and heavyweights in general.