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Patrick Cote and Hector Lombard Chosen as Coaches for ‘TUF: Canada vs. Australia’…Sort Of [UPDATED]

When word first broke that the infamous rivalry between Canada and Australia (?) would take center stage during the next non-Brazilian international season of The Ultimate Fighter, we reacted as we typically do, by turning underwhelming news into a farce. For why would the UFC even bother attempting to promote a rivalry between countries where none such rivalry exists? Not only does it dramatically narrow down their choices for potential participants, but it similarly limits the promotion’s ability to shoehorn in a rivalry between coaches (as they are wont to do) who are both hailing from the countries/nations being represented and are still relevant in today’s MMA landscape.

Look, we get that the point of an international TUF is to, you know, pit foreign nations against one another. But when you start booking coaches from entirely different weight classes, coaches who might not even be able to fight one another at the season’s close, no less, doesn’t that kind of eliminate the point? In any case, that’s what we’ll be privy to during TUF: Canada vs. Australia, which will feature Patrick Cote and Hector Lombard as coaches…sort of (Via FiveOuncesofPain):

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. 

Let’s hope that Lombard, who walks around at upwards of 200 pounds, can make weight when all is said and done. Otherwise, the UFC is essentially saying that, rather than have a lesser known welterweight who is coming off a win coach opposite of Cote, the best option is to have a more recognizable middleweight that has suffered 2 tepid losses in 3 UFC fights coach, then pray to God he can actually make weight come fight night.

You could, of course, make the argument that “TUF is about the talent, not the coaches, so who cares?” Thankfully, War Machine has already offered a rebuttal to that cockamamie theory on our behalf, so let’s just end this debate with those enlightened words. And honestly, who are we kidding? These two will be lucky to make it to day one of shooting with both their legs intact.

One thing’s for sure, Team Canada is going to be in for some *epic* house parties this season. We just hope they can keep pace with their mentor, or they are going to be in for some even rougher mornings.


It appears that reason has prevailed (via

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) confirmed today the next international installment of its famed reality show will feature two leading Commonwealth mixed martial arts countries, as Canada meets Australia in The Ultimate Fighter® Nations. Series veterans Patrick Côté (20-8) and Kyle Noke (20-6-1) were officially named coaches of the 22nd edition of the show, which will feature welterweight (170lbs) prospects.

-J. Jones


  1. The12ozCurls Says:

    Wed, 06/12/13 - 12:49

    I wanna party with Cot?
  2. The12ozCurls Says:

    Wed, 06/12/13 - 12:49

    WTF? Cote NOT Cot?
  3. anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva Says:

    Wed, 06/12/13 - 12:50

    The two most undeserving coaches ever. Might as well give Gleison tibau and Sam stout the next gig
  4. Fried Taco Says:

    Wed, 06/12/13 - 01:10

    So all the coaching will be done in French and Spanish, right?
  5. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Wed, 06/12/13 - 06:35

    Cote will have Reem as a nutrition coach. Horse sirloin three times a day.
  6. NuclearSun Says:

    Wed, 06/12/13 - 06:53

    TUF 2 had two coaches from different weight classes that didn't fight at the end of the show.
  7. Alan K Says:

    Thu, 06/13/13 - 10:05

    The original idea was to have Franklin and Hughes fight at 185 but it got scrapped.
  8. Lombard is losing 15 pounds and you can too! | RM Sports Says:

    Wed, 06/19/13 - 04:58

    [...] turning down an offer to coach The Ultimate Fighter because he didn’t think he could make 170, Hector Lombard has [...]
  9. jalia parsnip Says:

    Sat, 11/30/13 - 10:17

    Patrick Cote and Hector Lombard Chosen as... Healing's Dragon...
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    Fri, 07/11/14 - 01:40

    The Ships's Voyages... I think technological innovation just causes it to be worse. Now there's a channel to under no circumstances treatment, now there wouldn't be a prospect for them to find....
  11. yellow october Says:

    Wed, 11/05/14 - 02:13

    Souls in the Waves... Fantastic Early morning, I just stopped in to go to your web site and assumed I'd say I loved myself....

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