TUF Nations – Canada vs. Australia Week 12 Notes: Middleweight Finals Set for Quebec City

April 9, 2014

TUF Nations LogoThe final episode of The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia aired on Wednesday and featured the last fight of the season as well as a visit from former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

Georges St-Pierre Visits the Fighter House

The fighters were inside the fighter house when they heard a knock on the door.  Surprised and a little confused, Team Australia’s Brendan O’Reilly answered the door and there stood former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

“There was a knock at the door, so I went over to answer it.  To my surprise, it was Georges St-Pierre,” said O’Reilly.  “Not who I expected to see at the door.”

Excitement filled the fighter house as the former champion entered.

“It’s like Christmas,” said Team Canada’s Olivier Aubin-Mercier.

“For so many years I’ve looked up to him.  He’s like my favorite fighter.  One of my idols,” said Team Australia’s Jake Matthews.  “To meet him in person, it was so surreal.”

St-Pierre had dinner with the contestants and gave them advice on game planning, training and maintaining longevity in the fight game.

“I took a lot away from meeting him.  Just things about training smart, planning your training, coming into fights with a good strategy and also just thinking longterm about your longevity in the sport,” said O’Reilly after talking with St-Pierre.

The Fight: Sheldon Westcott vs. Vik Grujic

Vik Grujic was the last Australian standing in the competition heading into the semifinal bout against Team Canada’s Sheldon Westcott.  He was the only thing in the way of an all Canadian finals.  Westcott spent much of the season dealing with an hurt knee and an injured neck.

Gruijic delivered an outside leg kick to start the fight.  Westcott quickly initiated the clinch and drove the Australian to the fence.  The Canadian elevated Grujic and walked him across the cage before slamming him to the canvas.  He quickly applied a side choke that forced Grujic to tap out.  The fight lasted 45 seconds.

“With all my injuries, being hurt, I didn’t think I was going to fight.  When everywhere around you, nothing looks like success, know if you keep working and keep listening to the people around you that one day is going to be your day,” said Westcott after advancing to the middleweight finals.  “Today ended up being my day.”

“I just made a mistake that I used to teach my students a couple of years ago.  To have that happen to myself in such a short amount of time in the first round, it’s pretty humiliating,” said Grujic following the loss.  “It’s obviously an honor to be part of this season of The Ultimate Fighter and to be fighting for the UFC and having this great group of guys around me to support me, and with the Canadians too.  I just wanted that little bit more, and I didn’t come up with the goods today.”

Westcott will face Elias Theodorou on April 16 in Quebec City, Canada in the middleweight final.  Chad Laprise and Olivier Aubin-Mercier will meet in the welterweight final.

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