The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Cast Revealed

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UFC officials announced the cast for the Ultimate Fighter: Nations, which pits Team Canada versus Team Australia. Each team will feature four middleweights and four welterweights. Team Canada will be coached by Patrick Cote, while Team Australia is headed by Kyle Noke. As usual, both coaches are expected to fight each other at a later date.

Team Canada:

Welterweights:

  • Luke Harris (10-2)
  • Nordine Taleb (8-2)
  • Elias Theodoru (8-0)
  • Sheldon Westcott (8-1-1)

Middleweights:

  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier (4-0)
  • Matt DesRoches (4-0)
  • Kajan Johnson (19-10-1)
  • Chad Laprise (7-0)

Team Australia:

Welterweights:

  • Chris Indich (5-1)
  • Jake Matthews (3-0)
  • Brendan O’Reilly (5-0)
  • Richard Walsh (7-1)

Middleweights:

  • Vik Grujic (6-2)
  • Daniel Kelly (5-0)
  • Tyler Manawaroa (10-0)
  • Zein Saliba (4-0)
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Nordine Taleb vs Marius Zaromskis, Michail Tsarev vs Tim Welch Booked for Bellator 74 (Welterweight Tourney Quarterfinals)

Nordine Taleb

  • 8-1 MMA / 2-0 Bellator
  • 7 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: John Salgado, Pete Sell, Matt MacGrath

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Marius Zaromskis

  • 18-6 MMA / 2-0 Bellator Record
  • 4 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Hayoto Sakurai, Jason High, Kazushi Sakuraba

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Michail Tsarev

  • 23-2 MMA / Bellator Debut
  • 10 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Kyacey Uscola

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Tim Welch

  • 9-3 MMA / Bellator Debut
  • 3 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins:

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Bellator 74

September 28th, 2012

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Caesar’s Palace

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Welterweight prospect, Nordine Taleb gained entry into this year’s tournament going 2-0 in Bellator this year. In his promotional debut, Taleb defeated Matt Secor by unanimous decision. He then defeated Matt MacGrath by second round TKO at Bellator 67.

Former DREAM champion, Marius Zaromskis ended his wacky trilogy with Waachiim Spiritwolf with a unanimous decision victory at Bellator 72. The third fight was needed because of a cut on Spiritwolf’s head, forced the doctor to stop the fight after Zaromskis was dominated in the first round.

Michail Tsarev has amassed an impressive 23-2 record, mainly having fought in his native country of Russia. Most recently, Tsarev defeated Ultimate Fighter veteran, Kyacey Uscola by triangle choke at Baltic Challenger 3 last February.

Tim Welch has nine professional wins, all coming by way of stoppages (4 KO/TKO, 5 Submissions). Last time out, Welch defeated Chris Ensley with a first round kneebar.