It was back in 2011 when Dana White initially suggested a World Cup format for The Ultimate Fighter. Three years later, the UFC President says the idea is closer to becoming a reality than ever before.
"Garry [Cook] and I were talking about that yesterday," White told media members. "Remember when I always told you guy that it was my idea to do them [TUF seasons] in all these different countries and then do the World Cup. He and I were trying to figure that thing out yesterday and how that might work."
White divulged further into the topic, and explained that it would not be a large-scale event. They would probably begin with three or four countries and determine the winner between them.
"Instead of going with everybody, we start with three countries. You start with three countries, with Germany possibly being one of them. England is obviously one of them. Sweden would make a lot of sense too. And maybe there are four [countries included]; then they fight and the winners face each other."
After laying out his plans for this supposed World Cup, White stated that it was closer to becoming a reality than ever before, and that was mainly due to the incredible growth the promotion was experiencing on an international scale.
"We're getting there. It is getting a lot closer to a reality now. A) With all the work that Garry [Cook] and his team are doing out here and B) With all the talent and the demand now in Europe."