(Oh Australia…)

The UFC has announced that they’ve finally locked everything up for their second international TUF. It’s going to be TUF UK vs Australia, and Dana White finally gets to use his witty ‘Smashes’ series name, a play on the Ashes cricket rivalry between the two countries:

The series is named after a satirical obituary published in a British newspaper, The Sporting Times, in 1882 after a match at The Oval in which Australia beat England on an English ground for the first time. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. The English media dubbed the next English tour to Australia (1882–83) as the quest to regain The Ashes.

It will be interesting to see what kind of talent gets brought in for this series. While it’s debatable as to whether Brits and Aussies are 1/5th the men Brazilians are, there’s no denying their respective MMA scenes are 1/5th the size and depth. So why are certain individuals being barred from trying out for Team Australia on technicalities? From the blog of Ronda Rousey’s mom:

I recently saw on twitter that Ivo Dos Santos was told he couldn’t audition for the ultimate fighter, Australia against the UK because he only had one professional fight. Those are the rules, right? You are supposed to have three professional fights and with a winning record, it says right on the press release.

Except … that Dos Santos happens to have qualified for the Olympics in judo, and he did it the hard way. There are two ways to qualify for the Olympics which you would know, if you read my blog post “My Dream is to Become a Zebra” . Well, actually, there are three ways but one is to be the person representing the host country, which only works if you’re British. The hardest way is to be in the top 22 men in the world. The easier way is to be selected under a quota of so many per continental union.

So … when I heard that Dos Santos wasn’t even being allowed to try out for the ultimate fighter show, I thought I would look him up, and since my wonderful friend Jerry Hays keeps me updated on the latest judo news, I was able to see that Dos Santos is a pretty respectable #14 on the roster for having directly qualified for the Olympics. In short, he made it in with a fairly comfortable margin.

Being an Olympic caliber judo master doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to able to come in and tear sh*t up with the best of them. See Satoshi Ishii for proof of that. But the dude should at least be allowed to try out, for f*ck’s sake. Since when did the UFC become as dumb of a bureaucracy as the DMV? Ivo should be getting the red carpet, or at least a high five or a backrub. Not a form response saying he doesn’t have enough fights. Dana! Make it better!