Though there was a lot of speculation about the potential of The Ultimate Fighter when the UFC moves from FOX to ESPN in January, company president Dana White insisted on Friday that the augmented reality show isn’t going away any time soon.
We’re gonna keep moving. The plan of this new centre we’re building gets The Ultimate Fighter in mind also,” White told reporters following the TUF 28 Finale in Las Vegas.
“We have the cash for (The Ultimate Fighter). That’s already done. ”
The brand new facility that White said was declared in October.
The UFC bought the construction just east of its present Las Vegas headquarters, as well as 20 other acres, also plans to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility around a little arena that could seat as many as 1,700 people.
That arena, which will take about 60,000-square feet of the 130,000-square feet the UFC bought, will host “The Ultimate Fighter,” “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” and other potential displays. White said it might also be used to host smaller boxing events, too.
White reported that for smaller displays that won’t draw a huge crowd, instead of visiting a casino and with its venue, the new centre will make it possible for the UFC to host it on campus.
“It’s going to have everything. It’ll have my office and also a parking garage and there are a warm-up place and we’re building a fitness center. There will really be a gym inside this centre for ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ or anything else. Like I said, in construction this, not just are we thinking about what we’ve done and what we’re doing, but what we might do in the future. This may have all that we’d need. Anything we could possibly think of, this area will have it. ”
Though White didn’t yet have special details on when the next season of The Ultimate Fighter might take place or about what platform, he promised that TUF won’t be left to fall by the wayside.
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