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Dana White to Launch Live Fight Series on UFC Fight Pass

UFC president Dana White will launch a weekly, live mixed martial arts fight series next month that will stream on the UFC Fight Pass digital subscription service, the company said Tuesday.

The weekly series, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, will debut July 11 and will feature five live fights weekly showcasing up-and-coming MMA talent as well as athletes striving to revive their professional mixed martial arts careers, said UFC officials.

The Contender Series, which will be filmed in The Ultimate Fighter gym in Las Vegas, will serve as a vehicle to identify top prospects as well as the next generation of UFC stars. The series will stream every Tuesday on UFC Fight Pass, which offers live MMA event programming as well as an extensive library of MMA content. 

“This sport continues to get bigger all over the world, and the more fights we can put on, the more talent we can find, the better the events will be for the fans,” UFC President Dana White said in a statement. “This show’s going to give us another opportunity to bring in young fighters who we think have potential to make it in the UFC or maybe even one day become world champions. It’ll also give some fighters who might be in a slump or on their way out of the organization an opportunity for that last shot.”

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