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Old 02-01-2013, 05:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC boss promises all 14 cast members of 'TUF 17' an official UFC fight

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UFC boss promises all 14 cast members of 'TUF 17' an official UFC fight

by John Morgan on Feb 01, 2013 at 4:00 pm ET

LAS VEGAS According to UFC President Dana White, all 14 fighters competing on "The Ultimate Fighter 17" will get at least one official UFC appearance.

White said he was so happy with the efforts of the entire cast that he has promised each of them one more shot at earning a spot on the UFC roster.

"This season is so f---ing good, and I was so happy with all the guys, I told them, 'Every one of you guys are going to fight. You're going to get one more chance in the UFC. Every guy here is going to get another chance in the UFC,'" White said at a Thursday media session promoting this weekend's UFC 156 event.

"The Ultimate Fighter 17" is currently airing Tuesday nights on FX. Two episodes have aired to date, and the show has generally been well received by MMA fans for a revised feel to the show, as well as one of the stronger casts in recent memory.

White's revelation is a staunch departure from his recent handling of the cast from "The Ultimate Fighter 16," which was widely panned for its dull fights and resulted in just four fighters (including the season's two tournament finalists) earning an official UFC appearance following the exhibition matches from the reality competition series.

While the UFC boss' revelation was surely fantastic news for the 12 "TUF 17" contestants who did not qualify for the final bout which takes place on April 13 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale White said his matchmaker wasn't exactly thrilled with the challenge of adding 14 new fighters to a roster already bloated by the recent shuttering of UFC sister promotion Strikeforce.

Of course, that didn't do anything to change the UFC boss' mind.

"Joe Silva wants to f---ing kill me," White joked. "'It's impossible! It mathematically doesn't work.' I told him, 'Mathematically make it work.'

"So all those guys will get a shot to get into the UFC again. Even if we have to add one more fight on each card however we have to do it, we're going to get these guys a shot."

"The Ultimate Fighter 17" started with 28 fighters vying for the title of "the next Ultimate Fighter" and a six-figure UFC contract. Fourteen fighters were eliminated in preliminary matches, leaving 14 official cast members for the show. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and outspoken veteran Chael Sonnen serve as opposing coaches on the latest edition of the long-running series.

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