The cast of “The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. U.K.” will feature
eight lightweights and eight welterweights, promotion officials
announced Tuesday night.
Team Australia will be comprised of lightweights Grant
Vaculik and Ben Wall, as
well as welterweights Ben Alloway,
Rodriguez and Robert
Meanwhile, the British team features 155-pound talents Colin
Wilkinson. Luke Newman,
Petrescu and Bradley
Scott will represent the U.K. at welterweight.
Georges Sotiropoulos will captain the Aussie squad, while Ross
Pearson will coach the Brits. Both lightweight coaches are
“TUF” alumni, with Sotiropoulos fighting his way to the semifinals
of Season 6 and Pearson winning Season 9 of the reality series.
Subtitled “The Smashes,” this upcoming iteration of the show marks
the second time the UFC has pitted one nation against another
within the context of the team-based competition. The season’s
three-hour live finale is expected to take place in December and
will feature both the lightweight and welterweight finals as well
as a showdown between coaches. The season debuts Sept. 19 and airs
Wednesdays on FX in Australia at 7:30 p.m. AEST.