Hector Lombard, Patrick Cote pegged as coaches for TUF: Australia vs. Canada

Hector Lombard, Patrick Cote pegged as coaches for TUF: Australia vs. Canada

The UFC is poised to produce another international season of the Ultimate Fighter after successful past versions focused on fighters from Brazil, Australia, and the United Kingdom. This time around, Australia is back in the fold with Canada providing the opposing squad of scrappers. Though the weight-classes involved remain a mystery, the fighters leading each team have been leaked and should result in an intriguing affair assuming things play out as planned.

According to the MMA Sun, Patrick Cote and Hector Lombard have been targeted as head coaches. An official announcement is expected by week’s end. It also appears the UFC has Kyle Noke lined up just in case Lombard ultimately decides he cannot accept the role based on the expectation of moving down from 185 pounds to compete against Cote as a welterweight.

The 32-4 Lombard has lost two of three tilts in the UFC after being signed from Bellator albeit both by Split Decision. An undersized middleweight, Lombard fought in Australia a number of times before joining the organization’s roster. 25 of his wins have come by way of stoppage.

Cote is 19-8 with eight TKOs and three submissions to his credit. He was last seen outpointing Bobby Voelker in his divisional debut after years of competing as a 185er.

No dates were mentioned in terms of when TUF: Australia vs. Canada would start taping or air.

2 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    Question for all you Canadians.

    Am I missing something in translation? Cote seems like a nice guy but kind of a dullard as far as personality goes. I haven’t really seen any interviews with him so most of my experience outside the cage is from TUF season 4. He was kinda boring on that show but that may have been cause he was next to “Mr. Personality” Matt Serra.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    actually think Patrick is quite an articulate young man, he is good as far as commentary goes, certainly knows his business. I’m not sure it will be a massive draw anywhere other than in Canada or Aus, but i’ll be watching.
    i was thinking yesterday how much i miss TUF, i tried watching the constant revamping of it, lasted two episodes of the Jones/Sonnen season but wasnt interested.
    I find the international ones way more interesting now, Brazil has been good and Smashes was fun. would have been more interesting to see Japan/Philippines/Mexico/Russia etc

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