Unfamiliar Fighters in Unfamiliar Territory

Miguel Garcia, TSV Staff Writer

The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia is a reality-TV show which is focused on the lives of 16 fighters, and their road to a shot at becoming a fighter in the UFC. The season debuted on January 15th, 2014. This is the 19th installment in the series, and the 5th to be produced out of the USA, but it is the first series to have the subtitle: “Nations”. It is the second installment where fighters are representing their country, the first one being The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom. The two head coaches are Kyle Noke, representing Australia, and Patrick Cote, representing Canada. The two finalists will be scheduled to fight as the main event at the finale in Quebec City, Quebec on April 16, 2014. The Welterweight contestants are: Oliver Aubin-Mercier, Matthew Desroches, Kajan Johnson, and Chad Leprise from Canada; Chris Indich, Jake Matthews, Brendan O’Reilly, and Richard Walsh from Australia. The Middleweight contestants are: Luke Harris, Nordine Taleb, Elias Theodorou, and Sheldon Westcott from Canada; Vik Grujic, Daniel Kelly, Tyler Manawaroa, and Zein Saliba from Australia.

The Ultimate Fighter is essentially the show that gives fighters a shot at becoming a fighter in the UFC. For this season, contestants from Canada and Australia are fighting for their way to a contract. The UFC is the most prestigious Mixed-Martial Arts (MMA) promotion and fighters all across the globe come to this to fight the very best of the best. You’d find the most unlikely to become fighters in here too. Elias Theodorou was actually a model in Canada, he still is but now he’s dedicating his career to MMA. He has also tried acting at some point in his career. He is the most unlikely you’d find as a fighter. This “pretty boy” describes himself as “seriously good-looking” and he once charged a girl $500 for a date, as he’s mentioned in the second episode of TUF Nations. But surprisingly, he can put up a fight. He was put up against the Australian, Zein Saliba, who had a serious submission game (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) but Theodorou was able to keep up and secure the victory. This goes to show that anyone can be a fighter, even a pretentious Canadian like Theodorou.

The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia will be ongoing until its finale on April 16, 2014. You can catch the show every Wednesday on Fox Sports 1 at 7p.m./PST. Tonight on the third episode of TUF Nations, we will be seeing the Canadian, Chad Leprise, versus the Australian, Chris Indich. Will Indich be able to pull the Australians out of a 0-3 loss streak? Or will Leprise keep the win streak going?