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How long have you been waiting for the UFC to go global? The waiting could be over…
June 4, 2011
Jason “Mayem” Miller has been named one of the coaches on the next Ultimate Fighter announced on UFC.com.
June 1, 2011
VIDEO 00:09:30. A caller asks about the star power for Ulitmate Fighter Philippines on MMAJunkie. He mentions fighters who are Filipino in the UFC and in Strikeforce who could be coaches in TUF. “Gorgeous” George Garcia and John Morgan discuss the potential next UFC experiment – an international Ultimate Fighter “Soccer World Cup” style.
May 27, 2011
Mayhem and Bisping will pair off as coaches on the show, which is slated to start filming in the next few weeks, and then fight at the end of the season.
The two coaches will square off at the end of the season, but there’s been no word if it will carry with it the No. 1 contender’s spot in the middleweight division that the original fight between Bisping and Chael Sonnen was expected to produce.
Bisping will be coaching on the show for the 2nd time. The Brit and former winner of the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ coached on season 9 of the reality show opposite Dan Henderson.
The next season of the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ will feature bantamweights and featherweights for the first time ever. Filming is expected to kick off in June with the debut coming later in the summer.
March 2, 2011
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American Mark Muñoz expressed interest in joining a reality TV show on mixed martial arts (MMA) as a coach.
“I would love to be a coach on ‘TUF Philippines,’ not only because I am a Filipino-American, but because I would love to be a part of history as well,” Muñoz said in Yahoo! Sports.
“I love coaching. That’s what I was before I became a mixed martial artist,” Muñoz shared.
“MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the Philippines and they’re taking to it quite well,” the “Philippine Wrecking Machine” said.
“MMA is going to be a monster sport in the Philippines. Trust me. It’s going to be huge there and I would love to be a part of that,” he added.
Feb 16, 2011
For years now, Dana White has been talking about a global expansion for their long running reality show, the Ultimate Fighter. He’s talked about bringing the show to Brazil, Canada, and even Abu Dhabi for the longest time, and while most people thought the UFC president was just talking about his grand plans and pipe dreams, it looks like it is finally going to happen.
On the UFC 127 and UFC 129 conference call (Transcribed by Sherdog), White talked about bringing the show to Asia on 2011, with the first host country being the Philippines:
“The Ultimate Fighter is gonna start airing in every country. We’re gonna start doing ‘The Ultimate Fighter UK’, ‘The Ultimate Fighter Canada’, ‘The Ultimate Fighter Philippines’. We’re doing it everywhere.”
“This year. I’m pretty sure the first one’s probably gonna be the Philippines.”
No official date has been announced for the 2011 debut of TUF Philippines, but BloodyElbow.com has been informed that while there are details that are still needed to be ironed out, the legwork is already being done and they are confident that it will be finalized soon.
UFC officials have been talking to ABS-CBN, the host network which has a TV deal with the UFC, for months now, and sources close to the URCC, the Philippines’ top MMA promotion, have also told us that the head of UFC Asia has already set up meetings with the URCC brass to possibly talk about the participation of some of the top Filipino fighters in the show.
Read the full article and other articles on MMA go to BloodyElbow.com .