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Report: The Ultimate Fighter Bound for the Philippines in 2012


(Why am I excited about this upcoming season? I can’t quite explain it…)

According to a new report, the first international edition of The Ultimate Fighter is close to being finalized in the Philippines. Officials from ABS-CBN — parent company of Balls, the TV sports network that airs UFC programming in the Philippines — informed BloodyElbow that they expect to launch a local edition of the series in 2012. This shouldn’t really come as a shock, considering that rumors of ‘TUF Philippines’ have been circulating since February, and the UFC had just planned a publicity tour of the island nation for current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones following UFC 135.

No details have emerged in regards to possible weight classes or coaches for the series, but one name that must be in the mix is none other than “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” himself, Mark Munoz. Coming off a big win over Demian Maia at UFC 131, Munoz has gone 6-1 since his drop to middleweight, with the lone loss coming to most recent title contender Yushin Okami. Pairing him with the winner of the Belfort-Le scrap could make for an interesting title picture at 185, and with Anderson Silva riding the pine until then, the division is in need of a few high profile fights to fill the void.

With the recent success of OneFC, there is no question of the potential talent that could become a part of this series; the likes of Eduard Folayang and Eric Kelly could present some intriguing match-ups at lightweight and featherweight, respectively, though the likelihood of the UFC doing two straight seasons of lighter weight-classes seems slim.  Then again, the last heavyweight season of The Ultimate Fighter didn’t exactly leave us begging for more.

-Danga

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ajaykumar- September 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm
Overheard Brandon Vera saying “Why won’t Dana return any of my calls?”
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Todd M- September 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm
The Philippines is great place to start international TUF, English is spoken fluently there, they are fanatic supporters of their own stars and they produce scrappy fighters. Great move by the UFC, this will be a good way to build the brand in Asia
darciesdaddy- September 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm
And the "Balls" network refers to baseball and basketball and stuff. Nothing dirty about it. I don't know why anyone would think anything different. Clean out your minds, all of you!
Androiddrew- September 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm
My ex-wifes mom would say "Pilapines". She was a dirty ho.
The Highest Primate- September 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm
maybe that one old lady was retarded, or had a cleft from all the dick she sucked going for a green card.
danomite- September 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm
Well I've only spoken to one old lady from the Philipines and she couldn't say her F's for shit! so that's what I'm basing my stereotypes on.
darciesdaddy- September 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Damn this no edit button.

Also, I've NEVER heard a Pinoy refer to the Philippines as the Pilipines. (And I speak with several of them every day) How the hell could they call themselves Filipinos (which they do) and Filipinas if they can't say F.
darciesdaddy- September 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm
Also, I've never met a Pinoy (That's what they call themselves, you know) who couldn't say the F in Philippines. They've been speaking English there for a long time.
darciesdaddy- September 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm
A female from the Philippines is a FilipinA woman.

A FilipinO woman would be a gay man. And they like their homosexuals flaming over there, to be sure.
MarshmallowMark- September 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm
@danomite @italia furia Danomite, you actually more or less nailed it. And italiafuria, most Filipinos refer to their home country as the Pilipinas, no F to be found
danomite- September 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm
@italia furia
I'm guessing the white guys who took over probably named it the Philippines without giving a shit whether or not the people who lived there could pronounce it.
mDino- September 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm
hahaha @danomite so true
FightZen- September 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm
I thought CP was getting all Francais with LeScrap. Then I remembered that Cung Le is considered an active fighter.
italia furia- September 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm
@ danomite: Philippines uses the F sound...so they can't enunciate the name of their own country?????
intercept440- September 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm
danga like philipino woman, and i like philinup woman
italia furia- September 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm
their f---ing network is called Balls? You're shitting me...
danomite- September 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm
they gonna change the name to The Ultimate Pighter? (you see, they can't pronounce the letter F over there)
Fried Taco- September 20, 2011 at 11:58 am
Overheard Brandon Vera saying "Why won't Dana return any of my calls?"
Me likey- September 20, 2011 at 11:56 am
i see a camio from manny pacquio coming. i wonder if brandon vera can wiggle his way in there somewhere based on his heritage.
btw, balls is the best sports network name in history.
Fried Taco- September 20, 2011 at 11:54 am
Balls is an awesome name for a network that airs UFC fights!
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