Date: May 11 2012
Think you've got what it takes to make it in the Ultimate Fighting Championships?
The world's elite mixed martial arts organisation has officially announced the next instalment of The Ultimate Fighter reality television show will be shot in Australia this year.
The UFC has put a call out to all aspiring fighters ranging in weight from 61kg to 77kg with at least three verified professional fights (and at least two wins) to register for an audition in Sydney on June 12.
Fighters must be between 18* and 35 years of age.
The show will see Australian fighters take on hopefuls from the UK. It will be named The Smashes in reference to Australia and England's cricket rivalry.
The Ultimate Fighter works in the vein of other reality television shows such as Big Brother.
Contestants live together in a shared house and are filmed for weekly episodes.
They train with professional UFC fighters during the week and battle each other in a tournament fight which ends each episode.
The overall winner of the show wins a UFC contract.
The finale of the Australian show is expected to take place at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre later this year.
So far no local broadcaster of the series has been announced but the UFC has been in negotiations with free-to-air channels in Australia about airing the program.
The coach of the Australian team has not been announced but it has been rumoured the country's two past The Ultimate Fighter contestants, George Sotiropoulos and Kyle Noke, would be in the mix for the role.
The UFC is expected to make an announcement on the coaches of both teams in the coming weeks.
The Ultimate Fighter has been running since 2005, introducing many top-line stars to the sport including former light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Forrest Griffin.
Registration for Australian fighters is now open.
Visit http://au.ufc.com/TUFFORM for registration forms, rules and qualification criteria.
* The UFC originally reported the auditions would be open to 21 to 35 year olds but have now opened them to 18 to 31 year olds, the first time fighters under the age of 21 have been able to apply to be on the show.
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