The war between Spike and UFC heats up with a shocking development

Spike TV announced today that they will be broadcasting a new series called "Ultimate Fighter Fridays" from 9 p.m. to midnight every Friday night starting on 3/2.

The series, which will be focused around episodes that push fighters like Forrest Griffin, Michael  Bisping, Josh Koscheck, Nate Diaz, Rashad Evans and other people who came off the show and later became top stars, is notable because it will go head-to-head with the the new season of Ultimate Fighter on FX, which debuts on 3/9 in the 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. time slot, which makes it not surprising counter programming.

What is a surprise is that sister station MTV 2 is airing the new Viacom-owned Bellator Fighting Championships on 3/2 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. head-to-head.  So Spike is not only competing with a show you would expect them to try and compete with, but the one show you would expect them not to, since Bellator is only on MTV 2 in 2012 because it legally can't start with Spike until 2013 due to a non-compete aspect of Spike's final contract with UFC.

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