While Australia and the UK are currently being treated to a joint The Ultimate Fighter: Team Australia vs. Team UK series titled The Smashes, UFC president Dana White revealed recently that Australia will have its own series soon enough.
“I just don’t see how the series isn’t a success,” White told MMAWeekly.com. “This country was interested in TUF when it was Americans fighting. Now, it’s their home grown talent against the UK.
“Everywhere we hold the competition it’s successful. It will always be a competition where we cultivate talent.”
When asked if an all-Australian series is on the radar, White replied, “It’s going to happen.
“This is a tough country with a lot of tough guys. It’s another outlet for people to become professional athletes and make millions, hundreds of thousands of dollars or sixty thousand. Guys that can compete for a living and make money.
“We’re still traveling all around Australia first, then we will figure out New Zealand. I would have to imagine that once we have explored all of Australia, we will move into New Zealand.”
With the trans-tasman rivalry between the Australian’s and Kiwi’s, White also confirmed that a possible series between the two countries could happen down the track, “definitely could see that.”
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