The next venture in The Ultimate Fighter international editions was announced by UFC on Thursday and it will feature Australia taking on The United Kingdom. The two nations have had a long running rivalry in International Cricket; both nations have competed against each other for the past 130 years with their series of games entitled “The Ashes”. When the two teams meet each other in The Ultimate Fighter, the series will be named “The Smashes”.
The UFC touted the growth of mixed martial arts in each country and played on the long rivalry between both countries in the official press release:
“The popularity of MMA has exploded in Australia and the U.K., with gyms opening all over the 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. “Australia and the U.K. have a fierce, long-standing rivalry, and where better to settle the score than in the UFC’s Octagon?”
This will be the second international edition of The Ultimate Fighter, the first international installment was The Ultimate Fighter Brazil which is still being aired online and will air on TV this later summer. No announcement was made for the location of where the finale for TUF: Australia vs. UK would take place or who the coaches will be for each team.
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