Great news for UFC fans in Australia as it has been revealed that the world’s leading promotion has struck a historic free-to-air television agreement with Channel 10. According to the Daily Telegraph, Channel 10 will show every episode of the reality tv show ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ on which Australian middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is a coach.
The historic deal will also include Network Ten showing two UFC events live in December.
The Ultimate Fighter Finale will conclude on the 1st of December and this event will be shown live while UFC Adelaide which is due to take place on the 2nd of December, will also be shown live the next day.
UFC Adelaide already has 3 fights lined up and will feature UFC debuts for Jimmy Crute and Kai Kara-France. Brisbane’s Ben Nguyen will also fight on the card in a highly anticipated flyweight bout against Wilson Reis.
The announcement represents a historic day in the history of MMA in Australia and is sure to bring new eyes to a sport which continues to go from strength to strength in this country.
The Ultimate Fighter 28 will be broadcast on One, Ten’s digital channel at 9:30pm on Thursday nights with the first episode due to take place on August 30th.
Robert Whittaker has just finished coaching a team of UFC hopefuls aiming to win a contract in the UFC. Kelvin Gastelum is the opposing coach for the series and will fight Whittaker next year for the middleweight title.
Whittaker broke his hand earlier this year in his split decision win against Yoel Romero and has indicated that he will be fit to return to the octagon early next year. Whittaker is currently on a 9 fight winning streak as a middleweight while Gastelum has won his last 2 fights and viciously knocked out former middleweight champion Michael Bisping last November.
Nollaig Kelly is a keen MMA enthusiast who began watching Martial arts from a young age. He has practiced Karate and boxing and currently trains at the UFC gym in Sydney. He has been writing sports articles for almost 10 years. Nollaig is a graduate of Dublin city university where he studied English literature and Irish history. Nollaig is originally from Ireland but has been living in Sydney for over 10 years.