by Adam Martin
The next installment of “The Ultimate Fighter” franchise has been confirmed to be a battle of Canada vs. Australia.
The UFC on Friday announced that TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia will be filmed in late 2013 and debut sometime in 2014 with a group of welterweight fighters being coached under the tutelage of Canadian Patrick Cote and Australia Kyle Noke.
It hasn’t been stated yet if Cote and Noke will fight each other at the season finale as TUF coaches traditionally do, but it makes a lot of sense as both fighters recently dropped down to the welterweight division and picked up wins.
Cote (19-8) is a long-time veteran of the Octagon and recently made a successful drop to 170 pounds as he picked up a decision win over Bobby Voelker at UFC 158. The 33-year-old is a fan favorite for his brawling style and for possessing one of the best chins in the sport, which has led him to be involved in some very exciting matchups in his UFC tenure. Against Noke he gets an opportunity to beat another solid welterweight and take another step up the ladder and at 33, this may be his last chance to contend for a UFC title.
Noke (20-6-1) dropped down to 170 last year and defeated Charlie Brenneman via TKO at UFC 152. The 33-year-old is a very solid submission fighter and now that he’s at welterweight he’s actually at a size advantage and he seems to have developed some vicious finishing power. It’s kind of a bummer that Noke will be out of the cage for so long as he likely won’t fight until the middle of 2014 but that’s the price one pays to be a TUF coach, as Fabricio Werdum is fully aware of.
Tryouts for TUF Nations take place in September in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Sydney, Australia and you can expect the list of fighters to compete on the show to be announced later this year.
What are your thoughts?