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Budhisten 09-05-2012 02:30 AM

TUF: Smashes - List of fighters announced!

(5 September 2012) – FX and the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organisation today unveiled the identities of the sixteen Australian and British mixed martial artists set to represent their nations in The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs UK – The Smashes™.

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF™) finalists are among the top fighters in both nations’ lightweight and welterweight divisions, with the Australian team comprised of representatives from NSW, QLD and WA, while the UK team features fighters from all over England as well as Northern Ireland.

“These guys have definitely made the second international TUF show ‘can’t miss’ TV,” said UFC President Dana White. “Going into this thing, I had no idea just how much the Aussies and the Brits can’t stand losing to each other. Now I know.”

Premiering Wednesdays at 7:30pm AEST on FX from September 19, the 13-episode, Australian-produced series follows the selected fighters as they live together in The Ultimate Fighter® house, training and competing against each other for a prized contract with the UFC®, culminating with a live three-hour finale in December.

Guided by Australian coach George Sotiropoulos, Team Australia comprises of:

Grant Blackler, 23, Sunshine Coast
Patrick Iodice, 19, Gold Coast
Richie Vaculik, 29, Sydney
Ben Wall, 23, Brisbane

Ben Alloway, 31, Gold Coast
Xavier Lucas, 31, Perth
Manuel Rodriguez, 27, Sydney
Robert Whitaker, 21, Sydney

English coach Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson takes charge of Team UK:

Colin Fletcher, 29, Sunderland
Norman Parke, 25, Bushmills, Nth Ireland
Michael Pastou, 30, Essex
Mike Wilkinson, 24, Leigh

Luke Newman, 22, London
Bola Omoyele, 30, London
Valentino Petrescu, 30, Essex
Brad Scott, 23, Melksham

The two lightweight coaches – both alumni of The Ultimate Fighter television series in the Unites States – will also go head-to-head in the Octagon® at the live finale.

Of mentoring his charges, Australian coach George Sotiropoulos said: “It’s a really diverse group of guys on the team, but the thing that’s uniting them is that everyone’s motivated and focused. There’s a lot of personal and national pride at stake but they’re going into the competition with a positive attitude and are really pulling together as a team. I’m very impressed by their maturity.”

British coach Ross Pearson is confident about Team UK’s chances: “Having been where they are, I know exactly what the guys are facing. They’re taking it all in their stride and, despite being so far from home, they’re eager to prove themselves, so morale is high. They each bring unique strengths to the team so the sparks are really going to fly when they meet the Aussies in the Octagon.”

This is only the second time in TUF’s seven-year history that teams will represent their country of origin, the first taking place in 2009 when Team USA took on Team UK.

Broadcast partners in the UK and other countries will be announced in coming weeks.

Joabbuac 09-05-2012 04:34 AM

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Brad Scott to take the whole thing, great grappling backed with pressuring stand up.

edlavis88 09-05-2012 07:18 AM

Yes Colin Freakshow Fletcher is in There! Him to take LW, Brad Scott is a good shout for WW.

slapstick 09-05-2012 03:49 PM


Originally Posted by edlavis88 (Post 1623746)
Yes Colin Freakshow Fletcher is in There! Him to take LW, Brad Scott is a good shout for WW.

Stronger lineup then I expected for UK, don't know any Aussies, Bola and Colin will take it wasy IMO.

Hawndo 09-05-2012 04:03 PM

Aside from Colin Fletcher I haven't really heard of any. Still it'll be a good show, like seeing new fighters.

LizaG 09-05-2012 04:13 PM

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This has made me realise I know less about the UK MMA scene than I thought, I got some homework to do here lol. Colin Fletcher is a good choice though.

mattandbenny 09-05-2012 06:04 PM

Love the line ups of both teams, should make for a great season. The lightweight bracket is immense, all 8 guys are good.

Like most you can't go against Fletcher at lightweight. I think Vaculik is Australia's best fighter, but he's a tine LW, and has even fought at 135 pounds before.

At WW, i actually like one of the Aussie's to take it. Whittaker jumps out at me, but i think any one of 5 could win (Whittaker, Alloway, Omoyele, Scott & Petrescu).

Should be good, looking forward to this one more than the US one.

slapstick 09-07-2012 07:39 PM

Definitely a few other fighters I'd have liked to see but I am way more excited by this season then any I can remember!

Shady1 09-08-2012 12:21 PM

Have to go with 'Freakshow' Fletcher to win LW and I'm gonna say Whittaker to take the WW side of things.

dudeabides 09-18-2012 11:24 PM

Remember the member UFC Owns? He said wish his friend Patrick well on this show. I know the things we see in the episodes already took place and all, just saying.

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