The UFC on Tuesday released both the Australian and U.K. teams will comprise the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK season titled The Smashes. The Australian team will be coached by George Sotiropoulos, while Ross Pearson takes charge of the U.K. team.

“It’s a really diverse group of guys on the team, but the thing that’s uniting them is that everyone’s motivated and focused,” said Sotiropoulos.  ”There’s a lot of personal and national pride at stake, but they’re going into the competition with a positive attitude and are really pulling together as a team. I’m very impressed by their maturity.”

U.K. coach Ross Pearson, however, is confident of his teams chances. “Having been where they are, I know exactly what the guys are facing. They’re taking it all in their stride and, despite being so far from home, they’re eager to prove themselves, so morale is high. They each bring unique strengths to the team so the sparks are really going to fly when they meet the Aussies in the Octagon.”

Filming for the series has already began in Sydney, Australia. It will air on FX in Australia on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. AEST. The Smashes premiers on Sept. 19.

Team Australia

Lightweights:

  • Grant Blackler, 23, Sunshine Coast
  • Patrick Iodice, 19, Gold Coast
  • Richie Vaculik, 29, Sydney
  • Ben Wall, 23, Brisbane

Welterweights:

  • Ben Alloway, 31, Gold Coast
  • Xavier Lucas, 31, Perth
  • Manuel Rodriguez, 27, Sydney
  • Robert Whitaker, 21, Sydney

Team UK

Lightweights:

  • Colin Fletcher, 29, Sunderland
  • Norman Parke, 25, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
  • Michael Pastou, 30, Essex
  • Mike Wilkinson, 24, Leigh

Welterweights:

  • Luke Newman, 22, London
  • Bola Omoyele, 30, London
  • Valentino Petrescu, 30, Essex
  • Brad Scott, 23, Melksham

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Jason Gonzalez Building Off of Time on TUF Heading into RFA 38

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

Jason Gonzalez got a taste of the UFC as part of a season of The Ultimate Fighter. Building off of that heading into RFA 38, he wants to get back to the UFC. read news >>

Brock Lesnar announces return at UFC 200

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

Former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar went on ESPN's SportsCenter to announce his return to the Octagon at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. read news >>

Kimbo Slice Dead at Age 42 After Being Hospitalized

  • 25 days ago
  • 23 views

MMA fighter Kimbo Slice died Monday at the age of 42. Bellator President Scott Coker released a statement regarding the news, via B/R's Jonathan Snowden: TMZ Sports reported earlier Monday that polic read news >>

UFC Releases Statement on the Passing of Kevin ‘Kimbo Slice’ Ferguson

  • 24 days ago
  • 68 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship released a statement regarding the death of Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson. Ferguson appeared on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter... read news >>

Former Bellator Champ Will Brooks Signs with UFC, Faces Ross Pearson at TUF 23 Finale

  • 16 days ago
  • 31 views

Former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks has inked a deal with the UFC. read news >>

TUF 23 Performance Replay: Andrew Sanchez Secures His Place in the Finals with Quick Finish

  • 8 days ago
  • 212 views

Andrew Sanchez made short work of Eric Spicely winning by a vicious first round finish to move onto the tournament finals and the TUF 23 Finale on July 8 in Las Vegas. read news >>

Defeated TUF 23 Contestant Gets New Life After Cory Hendricks Withdraws Due to Injury

  • 8 days ago
  • 109 views

Team Claudia's Cory Hendricks finally decided to withdraw from his The Ultimate Fighter 23 semi-finals due to a neck injury that didn't get any better. read news >>

Full Fight Card Released For ONE: ‘Dynasty of Champions’ in Hefei

  • 7 days ago
  • 9 views

The full fight card for ONE: ‘Dynasty of Champions’ is out and it features two big fights in the lightweight and middleweight divisions. read news >>

TUF Winner Barzola Faces Bochniak on Aug. 27

  • 5 days ago
  • 0 views

On Saturday, August 27, Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will be the site for an intriguing featherweight bout, as Peru's Enrique Barzola makes his first start since winning The read news >>

The Complete Guide to UFC Fight Night 90 and TUF 23 Finale

  • a day ago
  • 10 views

International Fight Week begins with a pair of stacked cards in the lead-up to UFC 200. On Thursday, July 7, the UFC's Fight Pass platform plays host to a fun Fight Night event headlined by a lightwe read news >>