Dana White has long talked about doing various international versions of The Ultimate Fighter, but the pieces haven’t fallen into place as of yet. That could change soon, however, if the UFC has their way.
The UFC’s Marshall Zelaznik told The Telegraph that an Australian version of The Ultimate Fighter could be in pre-production by the end of the year.
“Right now we have three Australian broadcasters interested and a number of blue chips sponsors willing to write cheques,” says Marshall Zelaznik, UFC Managing Director of International Development. “That’s what has us really excited, the fact we have serious backers for a concept that is obviously very expensive to produce.
“I’d like to think that before the end of the year we could be into pre-production. The pieces are certainly coming together.”
According to the report, the plan is pit Australian fighters against British fighters and call it “The Bashes.” The report also floated several potential coaching pairs including Michael Bisping-Kyle Noke, George Sotiropolous-Ross Pearson and Dan Hardy-Brian Ebersole, but it didn’t specify if that was merely speculation or names they’re actually hearing.
Interestingly, the show would still be produced in Las Vegas.
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