?The Ultimate Fighter? gives you new reasons to tune in

?The Ultimate Fighter? gives you new reasons to tune inIn its last season on Spike, the people behind “The Ultimate Fighter” are making some big promises to viewers. Next season, when it moves to FX, it will feature live fights, which should help make it more interesting.

In the meantime, neither the UFC nor Spike wants to make it a throwaway season. Ratings have taken a nosedive in the past few seasons, and the show just isn’t as compelling as it once was.  They’ve given us a few good reasons to tune in.

“Mayhem” Miller and Michael Bisping: Neither of the coaches will be boring, and both are comfortable with cameras. Bisping previously coached on TUF against Dan Henderson, and Miller hosts “Bully Beatdown” on MTV. Miller said that his first priority is coaching his fighters, but knows that his second priority is to make entertaining TV.

“The second [priority] was to make entertaining television,” Miller admitted. “I noticed after the first week that I was a bit bored, so I immediately started cranking it up so that there would be some interaction between me and Mike. At the end of the day, we’re doing television, and we need to make something happen so that the audience is engaged. Many things happened.”

There two know how to trash talk. There’s no telling if it will reach Quinton Jackson/Rashad Evans levels, but it should be fun.

— Fight-in returns: Last season, the fighters under Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos did not have to fight for a spot in the house, unlike in seasons 7-12. Not only will the fight-in bouts return, but the show’s premiere episode will show every full fight.

— Big bonuses: One of the fun changes, both for fighters and fans, is the creation of bonuses for the fighters that fans can vote on. The UFC will award $25,000 bonuses for the season’s best fight, submission and knockout, just like they do for every fight card. Fans will get to vote on the bonuses.

The show will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 9 p.m. ET. Do you plan on tuning in? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook.

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Fertitta interview Part 3: UFC owner has strong feelings on TRT, wants solutions soon

Testosterone replacement therapy may have been sports’ dirty little secret, but Chael Sonnen and Nate Marquardt changed that with their highly publicized run ins with state commissions in California, Nevada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Those are some of the leading commissions in the country yet there’s no standard policy and plenty of gray area to allow fighters to, at a minimum, enhance their performance between fights and during training camp.

The confusion over TRT really concerns UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta.

“What you can’t have are guys abusing this to the point where their levels are at some super-human factor, giving them this performance enhancement,” Fertitta told ESPNRadio1100’s “The MMA Insiders” show in Las Vegas.

Fertitta says testing right before and after a fight isn’t enough to prevent fighters from abusing TRT.

“There’s got to be more random testing. It seems like, possibly, guys are getting outside the boundary while they’re training and managing it down where once the week of the fight [has arrived], they take the test and they’re fine. I think that there needs to be this random testing to make sure no one’s abusing it,” said Fertitta (1:25 mark).

For the UFC, there is no gray area concerning TRT.

“I think we came off with a pretty strong response to Nate Marquardt, and kind how we feel about TRT,” Fertitta said. “Our stance is we’re working with commissions to say ‘look this whole thing has got to come to an end.’ If you are going to have some kind of therapy, not only can you not be at the top end of the range, you can’t be anywhere near performance enhancing.”

Before he was due to fight in the main event at UFC on Versus 4, Marquardt failed his test in Pennsylvania. He was suspended by the Keystone State and then it came to light his TRT issues began in N.J. before UFC 128.

Marquardt didn’t have a testosterone use exemption in either state and tested positive at least once. What was the penalty? He was fired by the UFC, with little hopes of a return, but he is once again free to fight in the U.S.. Once he passed a subsequent test in Pennsylvania he was cleared and will serve no suspension.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Fertitta-interview-Part-3-UFC-owner-has-strong-?urn=mma-wp4801

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UFC reveal more bouts for upcoming events including Pettis vs. Stephens, Lawlor vs. Weidman and Dunham vs. Bailey

Evan Dunham vs. Shamar Bailey – UFC Fight Night 25 A lightweight bout between Evan Dunham (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and TUF 13 graduate Shamar Bailey (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was recently confirmed for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 25 event. Dunham’s rise from prospect to contender was heavily observed by the watching world but […]

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Chael Sonnen Suspended Indefinitely… I Finally Have Some Sympathy For Chael Sonnen

In news that is sweeping the internet, it has recently been confirmed that the California State Athletic Commission has decided to uphold the indefinite suspension of former UFC Middleweight Championship contender Chael Sonnen. With a vote of 4-1, the CSAC voted to uphold its suspension of Sonnen?s fighting license until it expires in June of […]

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Jason Brilz and Phil Davis targeted for UFC 129 matchup

All may not be lost for Phil Davis.

The light heavyweight is now expected to meet Jason Brilz on the main card of UFC 129, according to sources close to the event who told MMAjunkie.com that verbal agreements are in place for the fight and contracts are expected to be finalized shortly.

UFC 129 takes place April 29 at Rogers Centre in Toronto and has already broken box office records for a North American MMA event with 55,000 tickets sold and a live gate tally of $11 million.

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