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.