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Sydney, Australia - The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organisation has confirmed that The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK will feature lightweight (70.3kg) and welterweight (77.1kg) fighters.
Fighters from bantamweight (61.2kg) through to welterweight were invited to apply to tryout for the series, with the application period concluding on June 1. The UFC has now narrowed the field to two weight classes and all applicants will be contacted to advise whether or not their application has been successful. Those who are going through to the next stage will receive details for the tryouts via email.
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‘The Smashes’ – a play on the 130 year-old cricket rivalry between Australia and England, is the first ever series of The Ultimate Fighter to be filmed in Australia. The program will see undiscovered professional MMA fighters from Australia and the United Kingdom live together in The Ultimate Fighter House in Australia and compete against each other for a prized UFC contract.
Fighters in the show will be coached by a star UFC fighter from their country of origin. The coaches for the series have yet to be announced.
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