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TUF: China gets a green light for 2013

TUF: China gets a green light for 2013

The UFC’s attempt to cement status as a global brand by expanding around the world took another important step this week with the announcement of an Ultimate Fighter season set in China. Coaches were not confirmed nor hinted at, though a few specifics were made available including tryouts and a tentative schedule.

According to a report from Bloody Elbow, fighters interested in TUF: China can show their stuff off on July 21 (Beijing), July 25 (Singapore), and August 3 (Macau). Competitors who fight at featherweight, lightweight, or welterweight have all been encouraged to show up and are required to be of Chinese descent. Twelve episodes have been planned.

The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale will be broadcast live and is set to take place in Macau. No date was provided.

The UFC currently has two Chinese fighters on the roster and neither are significant stars, leaving the company wide open for new talent on that front. The organization held its first show in the Asian nation last November.

4 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    Someone asked Cung Le on twitter if he’s going to be a coach, he said he hopes so but just have to wait and see

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  • MickeyC says:

    You have to be of chinese desent? WTF? I could see the cast being mostley if not all chinese anyway, but from jump street to say that no one else is allowed is a bit cold. I do not see it doing well in the U.S. If it is even shown here. Did they show TUF brazil in the U.S on TV or did you have to go on line.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I don’t think they show TUF Brazil, or TUF Australia, just streaming, but I could be wrong

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  • MCM says:

    I haven’t seen any of the international TUF’s but I think they’re a great way of introducing MMA to new markets. It may be a stale format in the US but its still novel In the rest of the world.

    I also understand why they’re looking for Chinese decent but I think they’ll take any Asian.

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