Tonight, the first Canadian Ultimate Fighter will be crowned. Four Canadians have made it to the finals of the TUF: Nations Finale card and all four men are from Team Canada.
Elias Theodorou will battle Sheldon Westcott while Chad Laprise fights Olivier Aubin-Mercier.
The co-main event is a battle of the coaches as Team Canada coach Patrick Cote will welcome Kyle Noke back from a near two-year absence.
The main event is a grudge match as Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy finally meet in the Octagon.
Main Card (FOX Sports 1) 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy
Round 1: Kennedy gets close and takes Bisping down. Kennedy works top control well, negating the grappling of Bisping. Kennedy avoids being kicked off the top while Bisping works to stand. Bisping gets to his feet with Kennedy holding him around the waist, from behind. Kennedy lands another takedown, this time falling in to mount, then half guard. Kennedy gets in to full mount with a minute left. Bisping gives up his back, then transitions to half guard. Kennedy ends a dominant round on top.
SciFighting Score: Kennedy, 10-9
Round 2: Kennedy loaded up on his punches. Bisping was still finding his timing and feinted shots to get a reaction from Kennedy. Bisping stopped a takedown from Kennedy in a show of improvement from round 1. Bisping did open up later in the round and got some good punches in on Kennedy, who kept close to the cage, waiting for single shots to change the momentum of the round.
SciFighting Score: Draw, 19-19
Round 3: Kennedy landed big on Bisping with a right hand before changing levels and getting a takedown to start the third. Kennedy moves from side control to the mount once more with just under two minutes remaining. Kennedy holds on until the end of the round.
SciFighting Score: Kennedy, 29-28
Round 4: Bisping escaped a takedown. Kennedy looked very tired now in the fourth with Bisping now dictating pace. Kennedy still able to land with his right hand as Bisping held his hands low. Kennedy hurt Bisping who backed away from Kennedy who is now landing at will, although one at a time. Both land late in the round but another strong showing, this time on the feet, for Tim Kennedy.
SciFighting Score: Kennedy, 39-37
Round 5: Kennedy is able to get two consecutive takedowns in the final round. Kennedy got right in to mount on the ground. Bisping motioned to the referee to force a stand up and it worked. Bisping was urgent on the feet but couldn’t hurt Kennedy who kept coming forward.
SciFighting Score: Kennedy, 49-46
Official Decision: Tim Kennedy def. Michael Bisping via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
Patrick Cote vs. Kyle Noke
Round 1: It was the coaches from TUF: Nations in the co-main event. Noke used diverse strikes, mixing kicks with his punches, complimented by constant movement. Cote wanted to close the gap and was successful on a takedown, set up by a caught kick. Cote escaped a guillotine choke and went to work on Noke.
SciFighting Score: Cote, 10-9
Round 2: Noke hit Cote with a big knee as Cote shot for a takedown. Noke tried a submission, then tried to finish Cote with strikes as the former tried to stand up. With his confidence building, Noke let his hands go even more. Noke also utilized an oblique kick, one of which stumbled Cote. The fight was brought back down by Cote who landed some hard elbows on Noke.
SciFighting Score: Cote, 20-18
Round 3: It was Cote again who initiated the ground game as he held Noke down. Noke got up with some help from the cage but Cote held him in place to finish out a strong performance while negating the striking of Noke.
SciFighting Score: Cote, 30-27
Official Decision: Patrick Cote def. Kyle Noke via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Elias Theodorou vs. Sheldon Westcott
Round 1: Westcott is able to grab standing back control on Theodorou, who is able to shake him off. Theodorou gets a clinch and starts to knee Westcott to the body. Westcott shoots for a takedown but Theodorou stuffs it. Theodorou controlled the striking once they resumed the stand up game and coasted tot he end of the round without being hit in the final minute or so.
SciFighting Score: Theodorou, 10-9
Round 2: Theodorou manhandled Westcott in round two. Slams and striking worked together to batter Westcott and give Theodorou a clear lead on the scorecards. He was relentless and took advantage of every position on the ground. He got in to mount and hammered Westcott before being pushed back to half guard. Theodorou battered Westcott until the fight was called from the accumulation of strikes.
Official Decision: Elias Theodorou def. Sheldon Westcott via TKO (strikes) at 4:40 of Round 2. He becomes the TUF: Nations Middleweight winner.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Chad Laprise
Round 1: Laprise found fluidity in his striking from the start while Aubin-Mercier used one-offs to get in on Laprise. The first round was very technical and nicely paced, although Laprise was the more active.
SciFighitng Score: Laprise, 10-9
Round 2: Laprise stuffed a takedown from Aubin-Mercier but was almost put in a guillotine choke. He avoided it and stood back up, backing away to bring the fight back to the feet. Laprise bounced around, in and out, back and forth, to provide Aubin-Mercier with a mobile target. Aubin-Mercier was flat-footed and his movement was labored, allowing an advantage on both offense and defense.
SciFighting Score: Laprise, 20-18
Round 3: Laprise used pressure in the final round to solidify his performance in the earlier rounds. Both men were tired but knew the significance of a win. Laprise was relentless and knew he had Aubin-Mercier on the ropes.
SciFighting Score: Laprise, 30-27
Official Decision: Chad Laprise def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier via Unanimous Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28). Laprise becomes the TUF: Nations Welterweight winner.
Akira Corassani vs. Dustin Poirier
Round 1: The heavy underdog Corassani was stalked by Porier who swung with lethal intent. Corassani circled out from Porier’s path. Corassani dropped Porier and subsequently landed some nice jabs on Porier who was dazed. Porier recovered and each fighter swung to test one another’s chin. Corassani was grabbed around the neck by Porier who began to lock in a d’arce choke but switched to a Peruvian necktie once Corassani defended the former submission. Porier almost finished and opened a cut on Corassani but couldn’t complete the submission. Corassani got back to his feet to end an exciting round.
SciFighting Score: Porier, 10-9
Round 2: Porier opened up round 2 by rocking Corassani and quickly earning a TKO in the second round.
Official Decision: Dustin Porier def. Akira Corassani via TKO (strikes) at :42 of Round 2.