Dana White Says Australia Will Soon Have its Own TUF Series

October 3, 2012
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Dana White at UFC 144 While Australia and the UK are currently being treated to a joint The Ultimate Fighter: Team Australia vs. Team UK series titled The Smashes, UFC president Dana White revealed recently that Australia will have its own series soon enough.

“I just don’t see how the series isn’t a success,” White told MMAWeekly.com. “This country was interested in TUF when it was Americans fighting. Now, it’s their home grown talent against the UK.

“Everywhere we hold the competition it’s successful. It will always be a competition where we cultivate talent.”

When asked if an all-Australian series is on the radar, White replied, “It’s going to happen.

“This is a tough country with a lot of tough guys. It’s another outlet for people to become professional athletes and make millions, hundreds of thousands of dollars or sixty thousand. Guys that can compete for a living and make money.

“We’re still traveling all around Australia first, then we will figure out New Zealand. I would have to imagine that once we have explored all of Australia, we will move into New Zealand.”

With the trans-tasman rivalry between the Australian’s and Kiwi’s, White also confirmed that a possible series between the two countries could happen down the track, “definitely could see that.”

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  • Oswald Cobblepott

    How about making the USA tuff watchable first. Slow down Dana your Jr. Weight classes are not exactly drawing in the numbers either!

  • Corey

    Just what the world needs, Another “reality” show filled with douche bags instead of fighters worthy of the chance. Way to continue making ground breaking TV and not just pandering to the lowest common denominator.
    Keep up the work you think is good, Dana.

  • shakejunt

    everyone says how they love bellator for the tournament format and that’s exactly what tuf is. you don’t like the drama of the show? just wait until the end of the episode for the fight. not interested in the fighters? don’t watch. it’s simple. everyone needs to stop complaining and just enjoy the expansion of mma.

  • Marky

    USA ultimate fighter is old and stale. Australia on the other hand we get one show per year which consists of next to none or only a few Aussie Fighters. Here is will be a success because there is so much talent that has been unseen via the UFC. Good work Dana!