The upcoming 13th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" debuts March 30 on Spike TV, and a source close to the show today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) that The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale is slated for June 4.
The event takes place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and airs live on Spike TV.
Although no coaches have been named, the date would allow for UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and top contender Gray Maynard, who could be part of UFC 131 in June, to meet in a season-ending fight.
UFC officials will announce the coaches later today during a media call, but they and other industry insiders have been tight-lipped about the names. Edgar and Maynard have emerged as possible candidates, though rumored coaches have included everyone from Dominick Cruz to Urijah Faber to Chael Sonnen to Wanderlei Silva to Brock Lesnar to Frank Mir to Jose Aldo.
If Edgar and Maynard, who recently fought to a draw in the UFC 125 headliner, do end up fighting again at UFC 131, the timing would work out perfectly for "TUF" head-coaching stints and a season-ending fight. The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale takes place June 4, and as MMAjunkie.com first reported Monday, UFC 131 tentatively is slotted for a week later, June 14, at Vancouver's Rogers Arena.
"TUF 13," which begins production this month in Las Vegas, is a welterweights-only season of a reality series that first debuted in 2005.
Regardless of the coaches, UFC 130 (May 28), The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale and UFC 131 means the UFC is expected to host shows on three consecutive Saturdays.
In any manner, stay tuned to MMAjunkie.com at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT) for official confirmation of the "TUF 13" coaches.
And for the latest on "The Ultimate Fighter 13" and The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.