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2/15/11 8:06 PM
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"The Ultimate Fighter" goes international with the Philippines, possibly this year

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."

For the latest on "The Ultimate Fighter 13" and other upcoming UFC offerings, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.
2/22/11 7:40 AM
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El_Varaco
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let this be true

would love to see the Lakay boys in there
2/23/11 12:15 PM
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I cannot wait.
3/17/11 3:08 PM
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This is good news to hear. Given that Brandon is back in the Ufc, he could be a coach, or even Mark Munoz.
3/21/11 5:15 AM
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 imo. Brandon needs to win his next few fights first and foremost before anything else.

I would love to have more Pinoy fighters on TV  but honestly it would be a better overall business move to have the 2 best most popular fighters/coaches the UFC could provide.   It would be insane if GSP & Anderson came in to coach the fighters.
  

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