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.