UFC and Vale Tudo Japan to produce tournaments for a TV show, winners to join the UFC

Angel Valentin

UFC and the crew behind Vale Tudo Japan and Shooto are cooperating to produce two tournaments for a Japanese TV show that will have the winners join the UFC ranks.

During a press conference in Tokyo Dana White announced an unprecedented deal, stating that the UFC is partnering up with Vale Tudo Japan to help build stars and improve their roster of Japanese fighters. The two promotions will cooperate to produce a TV show in Japan that will have tournaments in both bantamweight and featherweight divisions, with the top fighters eventually joining the ranks of the UFC.

It will be two eight-man tournaments, and while it will have the same goal as The Ultimate Fighter, it will have a very different format from the long running reality show. Most notably, it will be a longer round-robin tourney and the fighters coming out with the best record after facing each other, will be moving on to the UFC.

"There will be 30 episodes on television. It will have three fights on each show for over eight months," White told the media in Japan, "They won't live in a house. They won't train under guys that we bring in. They will train with their own coaches, do their own thing. People will see they where they train, where they live, and their families. It will be a real look at who these guys are."

The show will be all be produced, shot, and aired in Japan, with the goals of building future stars that will eventually join the UFC. After hinting earlier this week that they would add content that would 'absolutely surprise' people, White also noted that they're planning on streaming this show in Fight Pass as well.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker