UFC Officially Announces ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. U.K.,’ Tryouts to Be Held in June


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit
The next international version of “The Ultimate Fighter” will eventually be heading Down Under.

The UFC announced on Thursday that “The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. U.K.” will be holding tryouts in Sydney on June 12 and in London on June 15 for fighters ranging from 135 to 170 pounds. Prospective competitors must be between 21 and 35 years old and have at least three professional fights.

The show is expected to be filmed in Australia and is nicknamed “The Smashes” in reference to the longstanding cricket rivalry between the two nations. It is currently unclear when taping will begin, but the program will likely stick to the tape-delayed format utilized in the first 14 seasons of the series. It is the second time in the seven-year history of “TUF” that prospective fighters will represent their country of origin; the first time took place during Season 9 of the series, when Team USA battled team U.K.

“Australia and the UK have a fierce, long-standing rivalry, and where better to settle the score than in the UFC’s Octagon?” said Marshall Zelaznik, the UFC’s managing director of international development. “The popularity of MMA has exploded in Australia and the U.K., with gyms opening all over their respective countries. There is an athlete in one of those gyms who hasn’t had the chance to show the world what he can do – ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ is going give to him that opportunity. We’re going to discover the UFC’s future stars, you can bet on it.”

The first international edition of “The Ultimate Fighter” is currently airing in Brazil. Featuring Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva as rival coaches, “TUF Brazil” reached 12 million viewers for its debut episode, according to the UFC release.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 25 days ago
  • 37 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 62 views

MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale headliner Frankie Edgar, who looks to defeat B.J. Penn for the third time this Sunday night (July 6, 2014) inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight kingpin, Frankie Edgar, takes on the man he stole that title from, B.J. Penn, this Sunday night (July 6, 2014) at Mandalay Bay Events Cente read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 51 views

Join Bloody Elbow Wednesday night for live discussion of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn. Tonight, the last episode of the regular season as the last two finalists are decided in a pair of semifinal fights. Join us tonight for episode 12 of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn. The Ultimate Fighter airs on Fox Sports 1 starting at 10:00 p.m. ET. We'll have TUF discussion, right here at Bloody Elbow. Wel folks, we're finally here - the last episode of this season. And it' read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 60 views

Episode No. 12 of "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn" opens with Team Penn's middleweight semifinalist [autotag]Roger Zapata[/autotag] discussing his desire to defeat Team Edgar's [autotag]Dhiego Lima[/autotag] and reach the final. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 48 views

The 16 fighters who will compete for the UFC's first strawweight title was announced Thursday.Some of the notable names include Invicta strawweight champion Carla Esparza and former Invicta FC atomweight champion Jessica Penne.They will be coached by UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. The show began filming earlier this week.Check out the TUF 20 cast below.Heather Jo ClarkEmily KaganAisling DalyLisa EllisCarla EsparzaFelice Herri read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 25 views

The Ultimate Fighter's 20th season will feature an all-female strawweight cast. The UFC made that announcement in early December after acquiring several of Invicta FC's strawweight roster. From that time going forward, there were questions about the cast. Carla Esparza, Alex Chambers, Claudia Gadelha, Felice Herrig, Bec Rawlings, Emily Kagan, Juliana Lima, Rose Namajunas, Tecia Torres, Paige VanZant and Joanne Calderwood were the first names to be announced, but Gadelha, VanZant and Lima were fo read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 35 views

The UFC revealed the full cast for “The Ultimate Fighter 20” on Thursday, adding eight women to the strawweight lineup. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 56 views

The Ultimate Fighter 19 season finale takes place on Sunday, and it is headlined by a battle of the coaches. For the third time, Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn will step inside the cage to oppose each other. The first two times both went the way of Edgar by unanimous decision. This time they meet at 145 pounds. UFC 112 was the site of the first meeting between the two legends, but Edgar was not yet a legend. In a close battle, Edgar got the nod on the judges' scorecards, but many felt like Penn did e read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 45 views

Thiago Santos takes on fellow The Ultimate Fighter alum Uriah Hall at UFC 175, but he’s not scared of his flashy knockouts or unorthodox attacks. Santos scored one of the biggest upsets of the year with a 53-second knockout over Ronny Markes at UFC Fight Night 38 in March, and he wants to do it again on Saturday night’s card in Las Vegas, Nev. "He’s flashy, has his own style, and I have to pay attention. He has unorthodox attacks and he can surprise you at any moment, but I’m not afraid of him," read news >>