The UFC doesn’t appear to be backing off their international spin on the Ultimate Fighter, confirming a new season in the works pitting Canada against Australia. Titled TUF: Nations, two squads of welterweight competitors from the respective regions will face off against each other in a tournament with Patrick Cote (19-8) heading the Canadian group and Kyle Noke (20-6-1) leading the Australians.
An official press release confirmed the news earlier today. Tryouts for TUF: Nations will take place in both Sydney and Toronto this summer with the start of 2014 tabbed for the show’s’s debut. As has occurred in the past, Cote-Noke will square off against one another after the season’s conclusion.
It is believed Hector Lombard was initially targeted to coach the Aussies, though Noke’s presence ultimately makes more sense given his heritage.