The Ultimate Fighter Nations announcement
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Las Vegas, Nevada – The Ultimate Fighting
Championship® (UFC®) confirmed today the next international
installment of its famed reality show will feature two leading
Commonwealth mixed martial arts countries, as Canada meets
Australia in The Ultimate Fighter Nations™. Series veterans
Cote (20-8) and Kyle Noke
(20-6-1) were officially named coaches of the 22nd edition of the
show, which will feature welterweight (170lbs) prospects.
UFC President Dana White's exclusive announcement:
A nine-year veteran of the UFC, Côté appeared on the reality series
in 2006 when he joined a cast of UFC alumni in The Ultimate
Fighter: The Comeback. Originally from Rimouski, Quebec, the
bilingual fighter was the first Canadian to reach the series final,
and remains only one of two Canadian fighters’ to have done so.
Côté then went on a five-fight win streak in the UFC, and earned a
shot at Anderson
Silva’s UFC middleweight title.
Noke, a native of Dubbo, New South Wales, joined the reality series
ranks when he fought his way onto season 11, The Ultimate Fighter®:
Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz. He was Hall of Famer Liddell’s No.1
pick, and reached the quarterfinals. He has since gone 4-2 in the
UFC, including an impressive Submission of the Night win over
Camozzi and a devastating KO last time out over Charlie
Tryouts for The Ultimate Fighter Nations™: Canada vs. Australia
will begin in September. Both countries will host casting
opportunities, the first in Sydney and the second in Toronto.
Further details and registration forms will be available as of July
1st at http://www.ufc.com/TUFNations.
The Ultimate Fighter Nations™ is expected to debut in early 2014.
It will air nationally in Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports and on
FX in Australia. A complete broadcast schedule will be announced at
a later date.
The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in 2005, has launched the
careers of more than 100 UFC fighters and has produced past
champions such as Forrest
Bisping and Matt Serra.
This will be Australia’s second participation in the series, having
taken part in the second international edition battling the U.K. in
The Ultimate Fighter The Smashes: U.K. vs. Australia. Welterweights
were most recently featured on The Ultimate Fighter 16 and The
Ultimate Fighter Brasil 2, when Colton
Smith and Leonardo
Santos emerged as season winners.
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