The UFC has announced its next international version of the The Ultimate Fighter will take place in Australia. The show will pit a team from Australia against a team from the United Kingdom. At the time of this post no coaches have been announced.
The two nations which have long-standing sports rivalries and the nickname of the show, “The Smashes,” is play on the countries cricket rivalry.
UFC Managing Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik had this to say:
“Australia and the UK have a fierce, long-standing rivalry, and where better to settle the score than in the UFC’s Octagon. 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.”