UFC plans to take TUF Worldwide, Phillipines possible for 2011Posted on February 16, 2011, 12:54 AM by Joey Santosus
“The “Ultimate Fighter” is going to start airing in every country. We’re going to start doing “Ultimate Fighter” U.K., “Ultimate Fighter” Canada, the “Ultimate Fighter” Philippines, we’re doing it everywhere. We’re doing nothing but cultivating new talent. I’m pretty sure the first one’s probably going to be the Philippines.”
Set to begin airing next month on Spike TV, The Ultimate Fighter: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos will mark the 13th installment of the series since it was launched in 2005. And while the show has seen a variety of talent and interesting characters, there has never been a season based outside of the United States. According to UFC President Dana White, however, this is all about to change. With the promotion's plans for global expansion, comes an increased need for talented fighters. White addressed the issue during Tuesday's conference call, revealing plans to take the reality series world-wide.
The Ultimate Fighter is largely credited with the UFC's mainstream success, as it has produced such talent as Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Diego Sanchez, Josh Koscheck, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader, and many more. However, aside from TUF 9, which featured a U.S. vs. U.K. tournament format, the show has never focused primarily on finding non-American fighters.