UFC says ‘TUF: Australia v UK’ to air on FX

Try-outs have begub for the second international edition of the UFC’s popular reality series “The Ultimate Fighter” and some broadcast plans also have been revealed.

“The Ultimate Fighter: Australia v UK” will get a broadcast on FX this autumn, UFC officials have announced.

The series features fighters from Australia against fighters from the United Kingdom, coached by UFC fighters from Down Under and the UK respectively.

Dubbed “The Smashes” as an homage to the cricket rivalry between the two countries, the series will not be unlike “TUF 9” which pitted the USA against the UK with coaches Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping.

Coaches for “TUF: Australia v UK” are expected to be announced soon with taping likely to begin later this month in Sydney.

“We’re excited to be part of the FX family,” said Marshall Zelaznik (pictured), the UFC’s managing director for international development

“When the first series of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ debuted in the United States seven years ago, it brought in millions of new fans who tuned in each and every week to watch their favorite fighters.

“I have no doubt that ‘The Smashes’ will do the same. We’re looking forward to working with FX to take the UFC to new heights and new audiences.”

The UFC is auditioning welterweights and lightweights for the season, though it currently is not known if fighters will need to win a bout to get into the ‘TUF’ house as has been customary for the US version of the show, as well as ‘TUF: Brazil.’

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