The Ultimate Fighter is taking its reality show talents to Australia. The second international edition of the long-running series, dubbed “The Smashes” – a play on the 130 year-old cricket rivalry, will feature Australian fighters against British brawlers.
Tryouts are scheduled for June 12th in Sydney and June 15th in London.
This marks only the second time in TUF’s seven-year history that squads will represent their country of origin. Season 9 in 2009 featured Team USA against Team UK.
“Australia and the UK have a fierce, long-standing rivalry, and where better to settle the score than in the UFC’s Octagon,” said UFC managing director of international development Marshall Zelaznik. “The popularity of MMA has exploded in Australia and the UK, 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. We’re going to discover the UFC’s future stars, you can bet on it.”
Two Brits entered the UFC by winning The Ultimate Fighter. Michael Bisping won Season 3 in 2006, while Ross Pearson followed in “The Count’s” footsteps by taking Season 9 in 2009.
No Australian has won a TUF tournament to earn a six-figure UFC contract.
Outside of ranging in weight between 61 to 77 kilograms (135 to 170 pounds), all potential participants must meet these three simple requirements in order to audition:
1. All applicants must be between 21 and 35 years of age.
2. All applicants must have at least 3 PROFESSIONAL MMA fights on their résumé, with at least two wins.