Prior to this past weekend’s event UFC president Dana White revealed that Brazil would host the first international edition of The Ultimate Fighter series.
The show will be filmed in Brazil and will be shown on the popular Globo channel in South America. Rumors that Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort will coach the show have been denied by UFC sources.
Brazil is expected to be the first of a number of countries who will host editions of TUF in the near future and that begs the question of how fans back in the U.S will be able to watch the show.
According to White the hope is that when they move over to FOX in 2012 that they will be able to use one of their subsiduary channels to broadcast the shows.
“What we’re talking about is the other ones that air in other countries, we’re trying to figure out how we can air them on FUEL TV,” White told reporters on Thursday. “If you’re a UFC fan, you want FUEL TV. FUEL TV is going to be loaded with all kinds of incredible UFC programming, including live fights and live fights from other countries.”
It all sounds good in theory, though a significant problem is that as it stands Fuel TV is not a widely distributed channel, appearing in less than a third of the homes as it’s sister channel FX which will host ‘The Ultimate fighter Live’ series.
Meanwhile, finding a way to let UFC fans in other key markets around the world may prove more difficult however, with the internet perhaps being the only feasible option.