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Old 06-02-2012, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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TUF: The Smashes settles on two weight classes, 170lbs + 155lbs

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The UFC recently announced the second international version of The Ultimate Fighter would be Australia vs. the U.K.

The Australian series, dubbed The Smashes – a play on the 130 year-old cricket rivalry – will see undiscovered professional MMA fighters from Australia and the United Kingdom live together in The Ultimate Fighter house in Australia and compete against each other for a UFC contract.

When announced, the call went out for applicants ranging from 135 to 170 pounds.

The UFC has now settled on two specific divisions. The Smashes will feature welterweights (170 pounds) and lightweights (155 pounds), according to Marshall Zelaznik, the UFC’s director of international development.

Applicants that fit the bill will soon receive an email letting them know when and where to try out.

“Australia and the UK have a fierce, long-standing rivalry, and where better to settle the score than in the UFC’s Octagon,” said Zelaznik.

No coaches have yet been named for the series.
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Makes no sense to me. Middleweight and flyweight need an injection of talent so bad, Lightweight and Welterweight do not.
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TUF Seasons mostly feature LW aad WW fighters, the two most stacked divisions in the UFC. Makes no sense to me either.
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They likely had to weigh the available talent and go with the weight classes that could provide enough suitable talent.
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A couple of brits who come to mind are Eugene Fadiora and.Colin Fletcher. Both very solid.
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I hear ya!

But at the end of the day, how many fighters stay at their TUF weight once finished with the show. Most fighters on TUF fight above their normal weight because they don't have the 9-12 week training camp to diet and cut weight.

They try-out and fight at a weight they know they can make on a weeks notice, especially now that the fights are live (atleast in North America),

This season, guys like IQUINTA? he looks like he would be fighting at 145, even CHIESA, built like Cody McKENZIE will probably settle at 145,

But yes, they need more 185 plus and 145 and under
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They need more actual talent coming from TUF first of all the last TUF that produced anyone good was the Heavyweight season and Roy shouldn't have even be on that season. Schaub would be amazing if he could take a punch and Mitrione is an okay fighter too.

Guys like Brookins, Ferguson, Cheisa, they're going no where. Guys like Jones, Gustaffson, Olivera, Poirier those are the guys that should be on TUF. I think Jury and Lawrence will turn out to be pretty decent but hopefully these international TUF's will produce some decent fighters because the American TUF hasnt' done too good lately.
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The Smashes.. Seriously? So cringeworthy

As for the divisions.. sigh.. TUF is in desperate need of a new HW/LHW season!
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Fadiora fought and won at MW quite recently, though i'm sure WW wouldn't be a problem for a spot on TUF.

Personally i'd love to see the likes of Colin Fletcher, Ryan Scope and Dean Caldwell on there.
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