TUF 18: Men and Women Live Together and Everything Will Be Caught on Tape
Through 17 seasons, the Ultimate Fighter house has seen a little bit of everything from the multitude of fighters that have gone through the reality show.
While the houses have actually changed from season to season, the events that take place in each one live on in infamy with cameras rolling at all times to catch everything that happens.
From Chris Leben urinating on one of his roommate's beds to entire doors being broken down and glasses being thrown and shattered all the way to a backyard brawl between two competitors in the house, there's not much that hasn't been done already.
That was until Saturday night when UFC president Dana White announced that the newest season of the Ultimate Fighter would featured a cast of 135-pound fighters – both men and women from the weight class.
In addition to the first time that women would have ever been showcased on the reality show, it was also revealed that all of the cast members would share a roof at the new Ultimate Fighter house when filming begins later this year.
Like many dozens of reality shows before them, the Ultimate Fighter will immediately tap into the drama and tension that can come from not only complete strangers living in a house together, but now it becomes a co-ed house with men and women.
What can be expected for the first ever season of the Ultimate Fighter with both male and female competitors living together?
"I have no idea what's going to happen, we've never done it before. I don't know," White said when speaking to reporters about the new Ultimate Fighter.
One part that White did make perfectly clear was the fact that whatever happens in the house, it will be caught on tape. Pranks, conversations, and anything else that may happen—there's no hiding in this house.
"There's cameras everywhere. You can't hide from anything on the Ultimate Fighter. There's cameras in the bathroom. You can't hide," said White. "You pretty much give up all your freedom when you're in that house."
The new season of the Ultimate Fighter will feature women's coaches as well with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey heading up one team while the other team leader will be determined on April 13 when Miesha Tate meets Cat Zingano at the Ultimate Fighter 17 finale in Las Vegas.
Two days later, casting begins for the cast of 135-pound fighters in both the men's and women's categories with filming expected to kick off after the final selections are made. The Ultimate Fighter season 18 will then kick off and air later this year.
Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and all quotes were obtained first hand unless otherwise noted.
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