UFC officially announces TUF: China
The Ultimate Fighter has been used by the UFC to develop talent and build a wider audience of fans. The show debuted in the United States and has featured sixteen seasons, but also has recently expanded internationally. The show has now been featured in Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazli, and Canada. Today the UFC announced it’s first expansion into the Asian market:
According to the Chinese announcement, this edition of TUF will be broadcast on LiaoNing TV, and tryouts will be open for professional featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight fighters of Chinese descent, who can speak the language.
Tryouts won’t just happen in mainland China, and it will instead be held on different countries to get most of the talent available. These multiple tryouts will happen on July 21 at the Metropark Lido Hotel in Beijing, July 25 at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, and on August 3 at the Venetian Hotel in Macau.
As with most editions of the reality show, 16 fighters will be selected for the Ultimate Fighter house for a chance to win a two-year 6-figure deal with the UFC. The season will have 12 episodes, with filming lasting around 6 weeks. The TUF: China Finale will be held at the Venetian Hotel in Macau, and like other international editions of TUF, this will be broadcasted live globally.