FX Canada acquires MMA reality series The Ultimate Fighter

The competition series, which airs on Sportsnet, bulks up the channel's male-targeted programming slate.

FX Canada has acquired the 13-part The Ultimate Fighter reality series for its Friday night lineup from March 2012.

The first major acquisition from Rogers Media’s male-skewing TV channel follows a strategy for FX Canada to feature a big helping of content from the Sportsnet lineup.

Sportsnet already airs the mixed martial arts reality show in Canada, along with Spike TV.

FX Canada will air the 15th and 16th seasons of The Ultimate Fighter, which will feature one-hour episodes where two fighters train for a big match.

The 13-part series will culminate with a three-hour finale and a championship match-up.

The Canadian version of the US premium cable channel FX Networks, which already airs drama fare from the FX library like Damages, Sons of Anarchy and The Shield, is also to feature original Canadian drama fare yet to be unwrapped.

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