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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.

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6/29/13 1:33 PM
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6/29/13 2:06 PM
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Wow. Had they been talking about a TUF china lately? Kinda surprising to me as I saw some thread recently about why MMA hasnt really taken off in China. I didnt realize it was getting real big there.
6/29/13 2:10 PM
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I feel they are REALLY going to have to protect the winner of this show in the UFC.
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Damn, this is huge for them. Phone Post 3.0
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Kings21 - Wow. Had they been talking about a TUF china lately? Kinda surprising to me as I saw some thread recently about why MMA hasnt really taken off in China. I didnt realize it was getting real big there.
Its a big market. Phone Post 3.0
6/29/13 2:16 PM
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Im wondering if this would bring in a wider range of styles, stokes. Phone Post
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Wing Chun is finally gonna get the respect they deserve. Aldo better watch out because Jackie Chan's, aunt's, nephew's, son is about to wreck shop. Phone Post
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LiaoNing is a top 10 network in china... this is a pretty big deal for the UFC.

6/29/13 3:05 PM
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Wonder who's going to be the coaches.
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Awesome news.
MMA keeps growing towards becoming the biggest combat sport.
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I hope it'll be available online.

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ManWithTheIronFists - Wonder who's going to be the coaches.
Good question. Maybe Tuerxun and Zhang? Tough though since Zhang is coming off three losses in a row but is the most experienced Chinese UFC fighter on the roster. Phone Post 3.0
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Mexico up next.

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Mexico up next.

One can pray for that to happen ... Phone Post 3.0
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RKing85 - I feel they are REALLY going to have to protect the winner of this show in the UFC.

UFc is gonna have to make their very own small league within themselves to keep fighters from countries with money but with no MMA development.
6/29/13 6:08 PM
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They should have bantamweights Tuerxun Jumabieke and Xian Ji as coaches if they want to go with two Chinese fighters.
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Wow this is a really big deal right? Phone Post 3.0
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