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UFC and Channel Ten agree historic deal to air The Ultimate Fighter

Sporting News logo Sporting News 28/08/2018
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Mixed martial arts in Australia is set to get shot into the mainstream with news that long-running UFC reality TV series The Ultmate Fighter will be aired on Channel Ten.

Series 28 of the program stars Australian middleweight champ Robert Whittaker and will be broadcast around the country on free-to-air television.

As reported by The Daily Telegraph, the network will also broadcast two live UFC events - TUF Finale from Las Vegas on December 1 as well as UFC Adelaide on December 2.

The Ultimate Fighter: 28 will be broadcast on One, Ten's digital channel at 9:30pm on Thursday nights.

Coaching a team of UFC hopefuls as they fight for a contract in the promotion, Whittaker recently wrapped up filming of the show in Las Vegas.

His team is pitted against a team coached by middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum.

The two coaches are set to meet early next year with the 27-year-old Sydneysider's belt on the line.

Whittaker is currently nursing a broken hand suffered in his split decision win over Yoel Romero back in June.

That would have been his first title defence since winning the vacant belt via unanimous decision over Romero last July, though the Cuban missed weight.

Whittaker become the first Australian UFC champ with his win at UFC 213.

He now boasts a 20-4 record, including eight straight wins since moving up to middleweight in 2014.

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