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Old 02-15-2011, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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TUF - Philippines?

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The first international edition of "The Ultimate Fighter" likely will feature fighters from the Philippines, and the show could begin this year.

That's according to UFC president Dana White, who today laid out the plans during a media conference call.

"TUF," which launched in 2005 on Spike TV, kicks off its 13th season next month, but each installment has been based in the U.S. Officials, though, are putting together an aggressive expansion plan to spread the reality series across the globe.

Spike TV is unlikely to air the international editions, but whether it's online or another broadcast outlet, White expects fans worldwide to be able to watch the shows. To date, "TUF" has produced stars such as Forrest Griffin, Diego Sanchez, Josh Koscheck, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader, Joe Lauzon and others, but few non-American fighters have been found by the series.

Recently, White has hinted at many options for "TUF" international editions, including Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico and the Middle East. But the Philippines was only mentioned sporadically.

This isn't the first time the UFC has targeted the Philippines, though. Back in 2008, UFC officials announced plans to host an event in the country in mid-2009, and an open workout with Chuck Liddell drew more than 4,000 fans. Brandon Vera, whose father is Filipino, also held one of his own that drew 10,000 attendees.

The plans for an event in the country, which has a population of approximately 92 million, ultimately were scrapped due to the global financial crisis.

"We were going to go to the Philippines," White said in the summer of 2009. "We had a deal done to go to the Philippines, and then when the world collapsed, the sponsors that were going to help us get down there, everything fell apart. Nobody has any money anymore. It's a lot trickier to figure out how to navigate throughout the world without money."
Didn't see that one coming...
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yep, MMA's pretty big here. Lots of camps and small shows. And English. It's very human cock fighting like though. For that matter cock fighting and dog fighting is pretty big as well.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't think they will introduce a flyweight division whilst the feather and bantum divisions are still in their infancy. Dana already stated he will probably introduce flyweights in 2012, but WEC also stated they will introduce flyweights in 2009 and never did.

Probably a bantam season then, and I expect them to have a LOT of good boxing strikers, with the likes of both Pacquiao and Donaire coming out of the Phillipines, two ring legends at the moment.

Can't wait, I have to say, the little guys (fly, bantam and feather) are my favourite divisions to watch. Most explosvie P4P fighters between 125lbs and 145lbs.
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Yep, MMA's pretty big here. Lots of camps and small shows. And English. It's very human cock fighting like though. For that matter cock fighting and dog fighting is pretty big as well.
I had heard it was getting popular there, but I never would have thought it would beat out so many other places for the first international TUF.

I would have thought they'd start by putting TUFs where the audience had quite a bit more money, and the UFC could get more of it by building local stars.
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TUF Japan would sound much more interesting to me honestly!

Especially that MMA is much more popular in Japan.
The talent is there, just waiting to be discovered.
And it would mark UFC's entry on the japanese market.

Dana already said that the UFC will go to Japan - possibly in 2011 - so it would be perfect!

Dana confident the UFC will hold event in japan in 2011
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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This is good news.

Im actually moving to Manila next week for a year. Any locals know how to watch UFC over there and if they are all on TV?
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Yeah didn't see that coming, but i'm sure they've done there research...
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