Nordine Taleb is a late addition to the “TUF Nations” finale lineup. | Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
Four cast members of “The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia” have been added to the reality show’s live finale.
UFC officials Thursday announced that Team Australia teammates Chris Indich and Richard Walsh will do battle at the April 16 event, as will Nordine Taleb and Vik Grujic.
Headlined by a middleweight clash between Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy, the show airs live on Fox Sports 1 and will also see two new “TUF” winners crowned. The event takes place at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City and will additionally feature a battle of coaches, when Team Canada’s Patrick Cote takes on Team Australia’s Kyle Noke.
Indich, 26, saw his “TUF” run cut short in the quarterfinal round, when he was outpointed by eventual finalist Chad Laprise. Walsh, meanwhile, fought his way to the welterweight semis with a first-round victory over Matt DesRoches. The Aussie’s winning would stop there, however, as he was quickly submitted by Canadian young gun Olivier Aubin-Mercier.
Despite entering the competition as one of the more experienced middleweights, Taleb was ousted in the quarterfinals by Australian prospect Tyler Manawaroa. Grujic fared better in his quarterfinal appearance, knocking out Luke Harris with violent ground-and-pound prior to suffering a submission defeat to Sheldon Westcott in the round-of-four.