Edgy clothing line Tapout has been named as exclusive apparel sponsor for US reality fight series The Ultimate Fighter, shown on MTV offshoot Spike TV.

The deal, which covers the programme's seventh series, starting on 2 April, features Tapout clothing, and includes signage in the ring and on the walls of the centre where much of the filming is staged. Tapout ads will also run throughout the series.

The Ultimate Fighter features 16 men who undergo a gruelling training programme involving jiu-jitsu, judo, muay thai, karate, boxing and wrestling. All 16 live in the same house and are regularly pitted against each other.