Season 5 of Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter' Goes Into Production in January in Las Vegas
Top UFC Lightweight Contenders B.J. Penn and Jens Pulver to Serve As
NEW YORK, Dec. 19 -- Sixteen of the best up-and-coming
mixed martial artists from around the world will convene in Las Vegas in
mid-January in pursuit of one goal -- to be named the "ULTIMATE FIGHTER"
and to be given a contract in the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R)
The fifth season of Spike TV's highly successful reality series, The
Ultimate Fighter(R), features lightweights (155lbs) for the first time
ever. Former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver and former UFC
Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn will serve as coaches. A new twist this
season is Penn and Pulver will actually fight each other in the show's live
finale. The two fought previously in January, 2002 at UFC 35 where Pulver
won by a majority decision in a hard-fought 5-round fight. The new season
premieres Thursday, April 5 at 10:00pm ET/PT.
Spike TV will telecast exclusive interviews with Penn and Pulver on
Inside The UFC Thursday, December 21 at 12:00 midnight where they will
discuss for the first time their thoughts and coaching philosophies for
Season 5 and their eventual dual in the Octagon.
During the 6-week Ultimate Fighter competition, the 16 men will endure
a grueling regimen of jiu-jitsu, judo, muay thai, karate, boxing and
wrestling. The intense competition between the fighters continues after
they left the gym -- at The Ultimate Fighter House. These warriors are
forced to live with each other, knowing that any day they could be forced
to fight each other in the famed UFC Octagon(TM).
In each episode, opponents from each team will be selected to square
off in battle, officially weighed in and then, in front of their teammates,
coaches, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the two combatants face
off in two five-minute rounds.
Over the first 4 seasons, the show has delivered about 2 million
viewers each week, often beating the NBA, NHL, MLB, and NCAA football and
basketball head-to-head on Thursday nights with Men 18-34.
Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III,
Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White of Zuffa, LLC, and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are
the show's executive producers. Brian J. Diamond is Senior Vice President,
Sports & Specials, Spike TV and Co-Executive Producer. Peter V. Symuleski
serves as Executive in Charge of Production for Spike TV.
Spike TV is available in 90 million homes and is a division of MTV
Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc.
SOURCE Spike TV