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‘The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK – The Smashes’ Cast Revealed

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
September 5th, 2012
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The 16 contestants competing in “The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK” have been revealed. 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 (coached by George Sotiropoulos) against British brawlers (lead by Ross Pearson – Pictured).

“These guys have definitely made the second international TUF show ‘can’t miss’ TV,” said UFC president Dana White. “Going into this thing, I had no idea just how much the Aussies and the Brits can’t stand losing to each other. Now I know.”

The Australian-produced series premieres September 19th at 7:30pm AEST on FX in Australia. The show’s 13 episodes follows the lightweights and welterweights as they live together in the TUF house, train and fight against each other for a prized UFC contract, culminating with a live three-hour finale in December.

No word on how North Americans will be able to watch the show.

Pearson’s participation in the show is unusual considering he’s coming off a loss and a DUI arrest. However, the Brit took Season 9 of TUF in 2009.

Speaking of peculiar moves, Sotiropoulos will be riding a two-fight losing streak into the show. The veteran was a contestant on TUF 6.

The TUF alum will collide once filming wraps on the reality series.

Here’s a look at Sotiropoulos’ squad:

Lightweights:

Grant Blackler, 23, Sunshine Coast

Patrick Iodice, 19, GoldCoast

Richie Vaculik, 29, Sydney

Ben Wall, 23, Brisbane

Welterweights:

Ben Alloway, 31, GoldCoast

Xavier Lucas, 31, Perth

Manuel Rodriguez, 27, Sydney

Robert Whitaker, 21, Sydney

Here are Pearson’s hopefuls:

Lightweights:

Colin Fletcher, 29, Sunderland

Norman Parke, 25, Bushmills

Michael Pastou, 30, Essex

Mike Wilkinson, 24, Leigh

Welterweights:

Luke Newman, 22, London

Bola Omoyele, 30, London

Valentino Petrescu, 30, Essex

Brad Scott, 23, Melksham

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