The UFC confirmed what has been rumored for several months, as the next international season of The Ultimate Fighter will consist of Australia vs. the United Kingdom. The series will be called The Smashes.
The series will begin later this year, with the weight class still to be decided. Tryouts for fighters between 135 and 170 pounds will take place on June 12 in Sydney and June 15 in London.
“Australia and the U.K have a fierce, long-standing rivalry, and where better to settle the score than in the UFC’s Octagon,” UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik said in a recent press release. “The popularity of MMA has exploded in Australia and the U.K.”
Coaching information has yet to be decided. The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil is currently airing and will be shown in replay-form later this year on FUEL TV.