UFC president Dana White was not happy with "The Ultimate Fighter" on Friday nights, so he made the decision to move it.
There were six days left in the week to try. Saturday was taken by UFC events, Thursday is the new night for Bellator, but with the hugely popular 'Justified' airing at 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday nights, Tuesday was the top spot.
Dana got it.
Starting January 22, Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter" debuts Tuesday's at 9:00 p.m., with opposing coaches UFC Lightheavyweight champion Jon Jones vs. the immensely mediagenic Chael Sonnen.
"That was me – 100 percent me," White told MMAjunkie.com. "What I love about those guys is, and I've said this to you guys a million times – FX loved us on Friday nights. They're good partners and they promised me – they said, 'Let us try to build this Friday thing to where you'll be happy with the numbers, and if we don't, we'll move you to another night.' And they did. They kept their word. The FOX group, they're the best people in television to work with."
"I think that Tuesday nights are a better night for us. Tuesday nights at 9 o'clock (ET), we're leading into 'Justified' – I just think more of our people are home watching TV than there are on Friday nights at 10."
Do you agree?
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