The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia doesn’t begin until Jan. 15, but the finale’s first fight is tentatively scheduled. Bantamweight Mitch Gagnon will face newcomer Tim Gorman at the April 16th event in Quebec City, according to Foxsports.com.
Gorman briefly appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 18 where he won his preliminary fight, but left the show after tearing his hamstring. UFC President Dana White paid Gorman’s medical expenses and pledged to grant him a fight once the injury healed.
“Dana White personally shook my hand, eye-to-eye, promised that he would give me a fight in the UFC. I know Dana White is an honorable man, a man of his word, I believe with the utmost sincerity that he will give me a fight in the UFC,” Gorman said following his departure.
Despite the injury, and his UFC aspirations, Gorman is still Midwest Cage Championships’ featherweight champion. He holds an 8-2 MMA record and looks to extend his three-fight winning streak.
After losing his UFC debut to Bryan Caraway, Gagnon won his next two, including a Submission of the Night victory over Dustin Kimura at UFC 165. The Canadian-born fighter has never fought outside of the country, notching a 10-2 professional record over five years.
For only the second time in the show’s history, TUF pits opposing countries against each other. In 2009, the United States faced the United Kingdom with Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping as coaches, respectively. The international version has Patrick Cote coaching Team Canada against Kyle Noke and Team Australia.
Broadcast details for the finale haven’t been disclosed, but the event is expected to air on Fox Sports 1.
Stay tuned to Scifighting.com for details as they emerge.