“What I eventually want to do is do The Ultimate Fighter in all these different countries. We’ll kick it off at the same time and then the winner of those countries will then fight the winners of the other countries. So it almost becomes the World Cup and you end up with one winner worldwide.” – UFC president Dana White
White revealed at last night’s UFC on Fuel TV 2 post-fight press conference that he is getting closer and closer to realizing that goal.
The UFC kicked off the first international version of The Ultimate Fighter recently with TUF: Brazil and, considering the program’s massive success, the promotion is already developing other international versions of their flagship reality show.
“Well, the next Ultimate Fighter that we’re working on, whichever one ends up going first, is going to be India,” White said. “We’re doing one in Australia which will probably be Australia vs. the U.K.. Doing Canada, doing the Phillipines, I think, and god knows whatever else pops up over the next couple of months.
“We’re really rolling right now on The Ultimate Fighter. The one in Brazil is a huge success.”
Currently, The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil airs simultaneously with The Ultimate Fighter: Live, the newly revamped Stateside version of the show. No word yet on what format the other international versions will adopt, or on which fighters might be tapped for coaching duty.