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Episode No. 3 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion'

Episode No. 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” opens with fight preparation for Team Gaethje’s Montana Stewart, who fights Team Alvarez’s Ariel Beck in the third tournament bout later in the episode.

No. 6 Stewart is a former standout amateur wrestler who, at 22, is the youngest of the 16 fighters in the tournament. She is a mother to a six-year-old, and despite her age, already has 10 professional bouts on her record.

UFC President Dana White, along with coach Justin Gaethje, call Stewart a dark horse in the tournament and believe she actually has a good chance of winning not only her upcoming fight, but the entire competition.

Team Alvarez has its next training session at the newly opened UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. The UFC PI is a state-of-the-art facility with brand new technology and equipment. One athlete calls it “fighter heaven.”

No. 11 Beck’s preparation begins for her fight with Stewart, which she calls “a nice matchup for me.” Beck has a tough day of training in which her emotions begin to get the best of her. She goes to the locker room and begins to have a “panic attack” due to the intensity of the competition. Fortunately, the coaching staff and numerous teammates are there to lend support.

Coach Eddie Alvarez, in particular, shares some of his most glorious and horrific career moments with Beck and tells her “any feelings you have are not out of the ordinary for any fighter.” Beck gathers herself and eventually returns to the training room.

Later on, No. 8 Emily Whitmire visits the UFC PI to get an update from doctors. She sustained a rib injury during training on the previous episode. One of the physical therapists helps Whitmire recover from the injury, and after having some doubts about her ability to compete right after, Whitmire is very optimistic about her chances.

During a break in training, the Team Gaethje coaching staff decided to take the fighters out for a night of bowling at GameWorks Las Vegas. Coach Gaethje offers the athletes a cash prize for the best results. Stewart receives first prize of $250 for bowling the best game, while No. 10 Rachael Ostovich takes second and gets $150.

The official weigh-ins for the fight take place, and both fighters come in under the 126-pound women’s flyweight limit. A friendly staredown follows.

Fight day arrives, and the third tournament bout is nearly underway. Stewart and Beck finalize preparation with their coaches, and the athletes walk to the cage for their debut contest of the season.

#6 Montana Stewart (6-4) vs. #11 Ariel Beck (4-4)

Round 1 – Stewart comes out throwing combinations while Beck is looking to counter-strike. Stewart lands a nice right hand and begins to back up Beck. Beck is circling the octagon then moves into the clinch. Beck throws some knees to the body and Stewart fires back with some of her own before breaking free. Stewart is throwing combinations and landing with most of her shots. Beck pounds the inside of the leg with a kick, and Stewart closes distance for a body lock. She trips Beck to the mat and lands in half guard. Stewart begins to work from on top as Beck recovers guard position. Stewart postures up and advances into side control. She applies a D’Arce choke, but it’s not fully locked in. She makes some adjustments as Beck fights to get free. Stewart gets it too tight, though, and Beck is forced to tap out.

Montana Stewart def. Ariel Beck via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1

“I felt amazing, but back to work and I’m not just fine with one win,” Stewart says after her victory. “I’m going to finish all the fights and get that belt.”

Team Gaethje takes a 2-1 lead in the competition with Stewart’s victory. Team Alvarez takes control of fight selection, and with his choice, coach Alvarez selects No. 3 Lauren Murphy to go up against No. 14 Nicco Montano of Team Gaethje next.

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Catch new episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” every Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on FS1. MMAjunkie recaps each episode of the reality series.

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Episode No. 2 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion'

Episode No. 2 of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” opens with the Team Gaethje coaching staff arriving in the TUF house to celebrate Roxanne Modafferi’s victory in the opening tournament bout.

Coach Justin Gaethje begins to discuss the next fight with No. 13 seed Karine Gevorgyan, who is the only fighter in the house unable to speak English. They attempt to communicate through Google text, as well as a translator, but Gevorgyan explains she has difficulty understanding the messages.

At the next Team Alvarez training session, the fighters are already beginning to think about what could happen in future rounds of the tournament in terms of facing off against their teammates. Some of the athletes are reluctant to showcase some aspects of their skills in training, but coach Eddie Alvarez does his best to relieve any tension.

The Team Alvarez coaching staff begins to work more closely with No. 4 seed DeAnna Bennett, who faces Team Gaethje’s Gevorgyan later in the episode. Bennett says her priority is to win as quickly as possible in order to preserve herself for future rounds of the tournament.

At the next Team Gaethje training session, Gevorgyan begins to focus on her fight preparation. During team practice, No. 8 Emily Whitmire suffers a rib injury while grappling. She’s in a lot of pain and decides to go to the hospital to discover the extent of the damage.

After being diagnosed at the hospital, Whitmire learns there’s no serious damage to her rib or lung area. She does not have to withdraw from the competition immediately, but doctors will continue to monitor her progress.

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who is a longtime friend of Whitmire, visits the ‘TUF’ house to provide some emotional support and encouragement. Whitmire expresses doubt in her ability to compete under the likely time frame but is attempting to stay optimistic.

The official weigh-ins for the fight takes place, and both fighters come in under the 126-pound women’s flyweight limit. A respectful staredown follows.

Fight day arrives, and the second tournament bout is nearly underway. Bennett and Gevorgyan finalize preparation with their coaches, and the athletes walk to the cage for the debut contest of the season.

#4 DeAnna Bennett (8-3) vs. #13 Karine Gevorgyan (32)

Round 1 – Bennett opens with an inside leg kick. Gevorgyan is stalking her and fires off a combination. Bennett goes low with another kick to the legs then one of the body. Gevorgyan is pumping the jab but yet to commit to anything significant. They trade punches, and Gevorgyan tags Bennett with a hard right hand. Bennett causes Gevorgyan to retreat with a stiff jab. Bennett continues to kick the legs of her opponent then come high with hard punches. Gevorgyan throws a wild overhand, but Bennett changes levels and scores a takedown. Bennett postures up from inside the guard and has Gevorgyan pinned near the cage. Bennett throws heavy shots from on top as Gevorgyan attempts to get free. Bennett’s position is too dominant, though, and the referee waves off the contest.

DeAnna Bennett def. Karine Gevorgyan via TKO (punches) – Round 1

There’s a large contrast in emotions between the two sides. Bennett is thrilled with her performance, while Gevorgyan is crying and absolutely crushed.

Team Alvarez ties the competition 1-1. Team Gaethje takes control of fight selection, and with his choice, coach Gaethje selects No. 6 Montana Stewart to go up against No. 11 Ariel Beck of Team Gaethje next.

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Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion'

Episode No. 1 of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” opens with a look back at preseason tryouts. A number of aspiring women’s flyweight fighters gather in Las Vegas in the hopes of joining the cast in order to vie for the inaugural 125-pound belt in the UFC.

UFC President Dana White discusses the tryouts, which attract more than 50 fighters from across the globe. White, along with matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, assess the athletes and decide on the 16 who will join the cast.

Fast forward and the fighters arrive at the “TUF” gym, where they are greeted by head coaches Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje, who are scheduled to fight at the end of the season. White summarizes the stakes of the tournament via a satellite message, and the competition is officially underway.

The fighters change into training gear for coaches evaluations. Gaethje interviews each fighter on top of grappling and pad work sessions. He says his priority is to select those with mental toughness and durability.

Alvarez, meanwhile, has the fighters engage in a much more physical level of sparring. He wants to see the talent firsthand in a live-fight scenario and admits to being “shocked” by the level of talent on the cast.

At the conclusion of evaluations, Alvarez and Gaethje have the traditional coin toss to determine which team has the first fighter pick and which selects the first matchup. Alvarez wins the coin toss, and decides to pick the first fighter.

With his first overall pick, Team Alvarez selects former Invicta FC champ Barb Honchak, who is announced as the No. 2 seed. As a result, No. 15 seed Gillian Robertson joins Team Gaethje.

The rest of the fighters are selected, and the 125-pound tournament to determine the first UFC flyweight champion shakes out as follows:

Bracket A

Bracket B

With team selection finalized, Gaethje announces the first matchup: #1 Modafferi vs. #16 Dobson.

The fighters then visit the “TUF” house for the first time. A few of the athletes are awestruck by house and platform they are about to compete on. The intensity and focus is high as the fighters settle into their new living area.

Modafferi, who is the first female to ever make two appearances on the “TUF” reality series, is eager to make up for a poor effort on Season 18. She was eliminated in the first round, but has since excelled under the Invicta FC banner and wants to prove to the world that she doesn’t “suck anymore.”

At the first Team Alvarez training session, the coaching staff beings to work with Dobson, who is a sizable underdog to Modafferi with just three career fights. She calls herself the “best kept secret in MMA,” and coach Alvarez says the key to victory is to keep the fight standing.

Team Gaethje has its first training session, and right off the bat coach Gaethje brings in a special assistant coach. Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate enters the gym. Tate was Modafferi’s coach on Season 18, and gives her some motivational words.

The official weigh-ins for the fight takes place, and both fighters come in under the 126-pound women’s flyweight limit. A respectful staredown follows.

Fight day arrives, and the first tournament bout has arrived. Modafferi and Dobson finalize preparation with their coaches, and the athletes walk to the cage for the debut contest of the season.

#1 Roxanne Modafferi (21-13) vs. #16 Shana Dobson (2-1)

Round 1 – They touch gloves and Dobson opens with a jab. Modafferi feints to close distance and inside, but Dobson backs her up with some straight punches. Modafferi is looking to close the distance but eats a wild hook from her opponent. Modafferi lands a body kick and Dobson responds with one of her own. Modafferi lands a jab then just misses with a spinning backfist. Modafferi continues to punch at a high rate and gets inside with a body lock. She slams Dobson to the canvas and lands in half guard after a brief scramble. Modafferi patiently works to advance position as Dobson looks to free herself from bottom. She attempts to explode free, but Modafferi instead advances to mount. Modafferi begins to land punches while Dobson is defending and trying to find an opening to escape. Modafferi postures and is landing heavy punches and elbows. The referee gives multiple warnings, but Dobson can’t get out of the mount. The referee waves it off and Dobson immediately stands up arguing that she was fine to continue. However, it’s too late.

Roxanne Modafferi def. Shana Dobson via TKO (strikes) – Round 1

“I’m so happy,” Gaethje says after his fighter’s win. “She was our first pick. We put a lot of confidence in her and a lot of trust by giving her that first fight, and she nailed it.”

The fighters return to the locker room and Modafferi begins to shed tears of joy.

“I feel spectacular right now,” Modafferi says. “I feel so proud of myself and like I redeemed myself after my last loss last time I was on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ I feel like I got to show more of what I built myself up too. … I’m thrilled with my win, but this is just the beginning. I’m going to make it to the end and become the champion.”

Team Gaethje moves to 1-0 on the season. Team Alvarez takes control of fight selection, and with his choice, coach Alvarez selects No. 4 Bennett to go up against No. 13 seed Gevorgyan of Team Gaethje next.

Catch new episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” every Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on FS1. MMAjunkie recaps each episode of the reality series.

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Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 26' cast: Roxanne Modafferi, back for more

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LAS VEGAS – “The Ultimate Fighter” returns tonight for its 26th season, which will culminate with the crowning of the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion.

MMAjunkie recently sat down with all 16 cast members. Watch the video above to get to know Roxanne Modafferi (21-13), who talks about coming back for a second go-’round on “TUF,” training with new team Syndicate MMA, why her dad wishes she would retire from fighting, and more.

“The Ultimate Fighter 26,” featuring former UFC and Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez and former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje as coaches, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 26' cast: Shana Dobson, the school teacher

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LAS VEGAS – “The Ultimate Fighter” returns tonight for its 26th season, which will culminate with the crowning of the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion.

MMAjunkie recently sat down with all 16 cast members. Watch the video above to get to know Shana Dobson (2-1), who discusses balancing life as a fourth-grade teacher and MMA, being a first-generation Jamaican-American, what drew her to fighting, and more.

“The Ultimate Fighter 26,” featuring former UFC and Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez and former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje as coaches, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Check out complete 'TUF 26' cast photo with Alvarez, Gaethje and 16 flyweights

The season debut of “The Ultimate Fighter 26” is less than a month away, and and more details are emerging.

On Saturday the UFC announced the 16-fighter cast for “TUF 26” which crowns the organization’s inaugural women’s flyweight champion.

The cast, which coaches and UFC lightweight contenders Eddie Alvarez (25-8 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) head, features a mix of former/current UFC fighters, notable veterans and less-established names.

Check out the first image of the group from the set of the reality series (via Twitter).

“TUF 26” debuts Aug. 30 on FS1. MMAjunkie will have weekly recaps of each episode.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for July: A long-awaited debut meets expectations

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best fights from July. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Fight of the Month” award for July.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting on your choice.

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The nominees

Justin Gaethje def. Michael Johnson at TUF 25 Finale

Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) promised a big splash in his UFC debut, and the former WSOF champ delivered when he defeated lightweight contender Michael Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC).

Gaethje added yet another victory to his undefeated record when he beat Johnson by second-round TKO in a “Fight of the Year” contender, putting himself on the map in the loaded 155-pound weight class.

Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero at UFC 213

Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) came into his UFC interim middleweight title fight against Yoel Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) with a bum left knee, but he didn’t expect it to give him any trouble.

That all changed in the first round, though, when Romero hit Whittaker with a side kick. Whittaker felt the pain that would stick with him for the remainder of the bout. It didn’t hinder him completely, and he pushed through with his game plan and seemingly came back from an 0-2 hole to win a unanimous decision.

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Derek Campos def Brandon Girtz at Bellator 181

Derek Campos (19-6 MMA, 8-4 BMMA) and Brandon Girtz (14-7 MMA, 6-5 BMMA) have met three times under the Bellator banner, and their trilogy proved an instant classic.

The two lightweights came to bang in the catchweight contest. Ultimately, Campos took home a TKO at the close of the second round when doctors determined a nasty gash on Girtz’s forehead was bad enough to end the fight.

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Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Lyman Good at UFC on FOX 25

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (17-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Lyman Good (19-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) threw down for 15 minutes, but dos Santos brought a few more weapons and a little more energy.

Although one judge dissented for Good, Brazilian vet dos Santos picked up two scorecards to take home the split-decision call in the entertaining welterweight affair.

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Brian Ortega def. Renato Moicano at UFC 214

Brian Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Renato Moicano (11-1-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) were nearly two-and-a-half rounds into a striking war that fans at cageside could hear as well as they could see. Then Moicano made the questionable decision to take down Ortega.

It played right into Ortega’s submission strengths as Moicano inadvertently stuck his neck into a guillotine choke that Ortega squeezed for the finish, forcing the tap at the 2:59 mark of Round 3.

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The winner: Gaethje vs. Johnson

Michael Johnson and Justin Gaethje

The contempt between Gaethje and Johnson finally came to a head inside the octagon, and it was a sight to behold.

Gaethje overcame nearly being finished twice to storm back for a finish of his own, defeating Johnson via second-round TKO in one of the most memorable UFC debuts in history.

“You cannot break me,” Gaethje said. “I promise you. You better put me to sleep.”

It appeared that came close to happening on two occasions during this slugfest. Gaethje was getting the better of some spectacular exchanges for most of the first round, but Johnson connected flush with a right hook that badly wobbled the newcomer. Johnson went for the finish, and he might’ve gotten it, but the bell sounded.

Both fighters came out swinging again in the second round, and again Johnson landed a right hand that wobbled Gaethje but didn’t drop him. Although Johnson failed to finish, he settled in and found holes in Gaethje’s defense, allowing him to land the better shots.

That is, until Gaethje hit an uppercut in the final 90 seconds that discombobulated Johnson. From there, Gaethje continued to pour it on with more uppercuts, busting up Johnson’s face until a knee signaled the end when “Big” John McCarthy stepped in at the 4:42 mark.

“Where is my equal at?” he asked the crowd. “I’m 18-0 with 15 knockouts. Who is my equal? That’s who I want.”

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Kevin Lee: 'TUF 26' will be terrible with 'brain dead' coaches Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje

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Kevin Lee is asked how he feels about Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje being tabbed as “The Ultimate Fighter 26” coaches, and his first response is that he’s only “a little disappointed.”

Lee keeps talking, though, and the more he talks, the more he sounds pretty salty about the snub.

“I think if you even ask anybody in the UFC, and they say (me vs. Gaethje) is the better fight to make,” Lee told MMAjunkie. “That’s the better TV. If they really wanted to push ‘TUF,’ I think that would’ve been the better option, and I think if you ask anybody in the know, they would’ve said the same thing.

“You’ve got Eddie, and you’ve got Gathje, who are both brain dead. They’re going to go in there, they’re going to talk, and they’re going to slur some words at each other. Nobody is going to watch it. It’s going to be terrible. I feel sorry for the women on the show, because they’re not going to get as many eyeballs.”

“TUF 26” will feature the debut of women’s flyweights, with the show’s finale crowning a new “TUF” champion and the inaugural women’s 125-pound champ. The show, which already has begun filming, is set to debut Aug. 30 on FS1.

Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), on a five-fight winning streak and ranked 8th in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, pushed to be on the show opposite Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), but former champ Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) got the nod instead.

It’s a big move for Gaethje after an incredible UFC debut this month, when he stormed back for a TKO win over Michael Johnson. Lee was asked what he thought of Gaethje’s performance in the leading “Fight of the Year” candidate.

“Oh, as the ‘Fight of the Year?’ OK,” Lee said, scoffing.

He continued, “Johnson, to me, he’s a journeyman. He’s always been a journeyman. And apparently beating Michael Johnson really means something in this game. You had Khabib (Nurmagomedov) that beat him, and people think he’s the No. 1 contender for beating Michael Johnson. To me, Mike’s a journeyman. What else can you say? I think he quit in the first minute of the first round. You see it in his eyes. …

“You see in the first round (that) he quits, and he’s still able to hurt Gaethje. He’s still able to hurt him just off his skill and just off them back-the-(expletive)-up-off-me punches. You look at Gaethje’s skill, he’s basic. He’s hitable. He likes to be hit. I want to see how many punches he can take against a dangerous fighter.”

Lee, of course, would like that “dangerous fighter” to be him. Although a fight between them won’t happen in the near future, much to Lee’s chagrin, he explained why he thought he and Gaethje as coaches made more sense for Gaethje, as well.

“If Gaethje beats me, you say, ‘Oh, he beats a smart fighter,’” Lee said. “… If he knocks Eddie out in the first round, the story line will be that Eddie’s done. The story line won’t be that Gaethje’s a great fighter.”

Kevin Lee isn’t bitter; you’re bitter.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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PFL chief Carlos Silva: Justin Gaethje's incredible UFC debut was no surprise

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Professional Fighters League CEO Carlos Silva isn’t surprised Justin Gaethje is making waves in the UFC. He saw what Gaethje could do in the World Series of Fighting.

“We really hope he’ll become a UFC champion and continue his march,” Silva told MMAjunkie Radio. “He’s the first one to say that eventually he’s going to lose, but in the meantime I’m looking forward to seeing him go 19-0.”

Before the WSOF rebranded as the PFL, Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) ruled as the promotion’s lightweight champ, defending his belt five times before testing the free-agent waters. He signed with the UFC in May and made his debut earlier this month at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, taking out Michael Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) in one of the most spectacular UFC debuts ever.

Gaethje brought folks from his native Colorado but still managed to turn the entire crowd at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena into fans. Silva attributes that draw to Gaethje’s early work in the WSOF. He said the rising UFC star found his footing in the promotion, aided by Ray Sefo, WSOF’s former president and current PFL fighting operations president.

“I think when they see Ray in that fighter meeting, with the 100 fights he’s been through, they listen and they come through and perform,” Silva said. “Justin showed the UFC, showed Bellator, showed everybody that he’s a great fighter no matter where he’s fighting.”

The PFL’s official debut this past month in Daytona, Fla., brought more exciting fights, said Silva, and introduced the world to a newly revamped promotion that plans to develop more MMA stars. Its next event, PFL: Everett, takes place July 29 in Everett, Wash., and airs on NBCSN.

Gaethje’s next fight, meanwhile, is in front of cameras as he takes on ex-champ Eddie Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) as a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter 26,” which will crown the inaugural women’s flyweight champ.

Silva, of course, will be watching when Gaethje and Alvarez step into the cage for the traditional season-ending coaches fight.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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With Gaethje and Alvarez official as coaches, 'TUF 26' gets August debut date

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“The Ultimate Fighter 26,” which features two former big-show champions as opposing coaches, now had a debut date.

As reported this past week, former WSOF lightweight champion and recent UFC debutant Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and ex-UFC titleholder Eddie Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) have tapped as coaches for the show, which debuts Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on FS1.

Filming for the long-running reality show recently began in Las Vegas and is expected to run six weeks. “TUF 26” features the debut of women’s flyweights, with the show’s tournament final crowning a new “TUF” champion and the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champ.

“TUF 26” tryouts took place in May and drew 46 hopefuls, including former Invicta FC flyweight champion Barb Honchak (10-2, 0-0 UFC), “TUF 18” cast member Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and UFC vet Lauren Murphy (9-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC).

The official cast, as well as the head coaches’ team of assistant coaches, will be announced in the coming weeks.

UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie the addition of a new UFC division – the promotion’s 12th overall – will prompt fighters from the smaller strawweight class and bigger bantamweight class to migrate.

“We’re pretty confident that we’re going to have a packed division.” he said. “… I think there are enough talented women to make three good divisions.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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