“The Ultimate Fighter” season 12, featuring lightweights, begins production today in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Spike TV’s popular reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter” enters production for its 12th season today in Las Vegas, Nev. The season will feature 28 lightweight (155 lbs.) professional mixed martial arts fighters divided into two teams, and coached by UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck.

The taping of the show will last for six weeks. During that time, the fighters are focused solely on the training they will receive from the two coaches and their team of assistant coaches. As with every season, the fighters will compete in a tournament to win a six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The first episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” season 12 will debut on Spike TV on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2010, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. At the end of the season, not only will the two lightweight semi-finalists compete for a UFC contract, but the coaches will also face one another.

Expected to take place sometime in December, Koscheck will take on Georges St-Pierre in a five-round title fight for the UFC Welterweight Championship. Koscheck originally appeared in “The Ultimate Fighter” season one as a contestant and St-Pierre was on season four “The Comeback” as a trainer.

The final episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” season 11, “Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz” (Team Ortiz is now coached by Rich Franklin), airs this Wednesday, June 9, at 10:00 p.m. ET on Spike TV. Liddell and Franklin will face off this Saturday, June 12, at UFC 115.

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