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Spike TV To Counter-Program TUF With 'The Ultimate Fighter Fridays' In 2012

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The gloves are off. Spike TV has announced "The Ultimate Fighter Fridays" to counter-program FX's "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2012.

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The war between Viacom and Fox is on.

Announced Tuesday, Spike TV will debut "The Ultimate Fighter Fridays" on March 2nd, 2012, in an effort to counter-program FX's "The Ultimate Fighter."

The broadcast kicks off at 9 p.m. ET/PT, is slated for three-hours every Friday, and will serve as a "best of" for the seven-year, fourteen-season series. In addition, special fan-driven editions of "The Ultimate Fighter Fridays" are in the works that will ask for input from fans via social media.

"The Ultimate Fighter" is scheduled to make its FX-debut on March 9th as part of the UFC's landmark deal with Fox. Among the changes to the show is a switch from Wednesday to Friday night, live fights decided by fan-voting, and a championship coaches match to cap the season. Top-ranked bantamweights Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber are slated to train two teams of lightweight and welterweight hopefuls.

Spike TV has made several similar decisions to counter-program in the past, most notably counter-programming UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos with a special UFC Unleashed marathon titled "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez: Unleashed for the Heavyweight Title" on November 12th. The broadcast earned 800,000 viewers. Similar plans are in development for January 28th's UFC on Fox 2 telecast.