The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday revealed the next international version of its reality series The Ultimate Fighter.
Australia is once again involved, but this time the Aussie fighters will go up against a team of Canadians in The Ultimate Fighter Nations.
“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said UFC president Dana White in announcing the next international season of TUF. “We’re doing The Ultimate Fighter Canada versus Australia, the coaches will be Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke, and we’re taking welterweights, 170-pounders. Finally got it done. Been wanting to do this for a long time, long overdue.”
Canadian Patrick Cote and Aussie Kyle Noke are both former cast members of the series. Cote appeared on the show in 2006 during The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback, while Noke was a member of Chuck Liddell’s team during The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz, the eleventh season of the show.
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 1 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.