The next international version of The Ultimate Fighter will pit Canada against Australia in a battle of Commonwealth nations. According to UFC Central, the weight classes have been revealed for TUF Nations, and it will feature welterweights and middleweights:
Breaking: TUF Nations Canada vs Australia will feature both welterweights and middleweights— UFC Central (@UFCCentral) June 27, 2013
Welterweights and middleweights seem to be the standard weight classes for recent TUFs. The 16th season of TUF was centered around welterweights, and TUF shows in Australia and Brazil have also showcased the 170 lbs division. As for middleweights, they've been a part of TUF 17 and TUF Brazil 1 within the past year.
MMA Junkie has more details on the show itself, including tryout dates and television deals:
The show, tentatively scheduled to debut in early 2014, was initially expected to only feature welterweight UFC hopefuls. Canadian Cote and Australian Kyle Noke will serve as coaches. It has not yet been announced if the pair will meet in a traditional season-ending, coach-vs.-coach bout.
Tryouts will begin in September for "TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia," which is the 22nd edition of the UFC's long-running reality show. The tryouts will take place in Sydney and Toronto, though details won't be released until next month.
The show will air in Canada on new Sportsnet property Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports, and on FX in Australia. U.S. broadcast plans have not yet been announced.
Both Cote and Noke are former middleweights who have made the drop to welterweight. Noke competed on season 11 of TUF, while Cote was part of TUF 4: The Comeback, which saw him lose to Travis Lutter in the finale. Noke and Cote both won their welterweight debuts over Charlie Brenneman and Bobby Voelker respectively.