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UFC confirms weight classes for TUF Smashes

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The UFC has confirmed that The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs UK will feature lightweight and welterweight fighters.

Fighters from bantamweight through to welterweight were invited to tryout for the series, with the application period concluding on June 1. The UFC has now narrowed the field to two weight classes and all applicants will be contacted to advise whether or not their application has been successful.

'The Smashes' - a play on the 130 year-old cricket rivalry between Australia and England, is the first ever series of The Ultimate Fighter to be filmed in Australia. The program will see undiscovered professional MMA fighters from Australia and the United Kingdom live together in The Ultimate Fighter House in Australia and compete against each other for a prized UFC contract.

Fighters in the show will be coached by a star UFC fighter from their country of origin. The coaches for the series have yet to be announced.

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