Welterweight, Middleweight Finals Official for ‘TUF Nations’ Finale

By Mike Whitman Apr 9, 2014
Elias Theodorou is part of an Canada-dominated “TUF Nations” final. | Keith Mills/Sherdog.com

The finals of “"The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Australia vs. Canada" are now set.

At welterweight, Chad Laprise will battle Olivier Aubin-Mercier, while Elias Theodorou takes on Sheldon Westcott at 185 pounds. The all-Canadian matchups take place April 16 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.

Laprise earned his spot in the welterweight final by outpointing Australian talent Chris Indich and then breaking the jaw of Canadian teammate Kajan Johnson. Aubin-Mercier, meanwhile, scored a unanimous verdict over fellow prospect Jake Matthews in the quarterfinals before quickly submitting Richard Walsh in the round of four.

In the middleweight bracket, Theodorou had little trouble controlling Zein Saliba and Tyler Manawaroa of Team Australia, as the Canadian cruised to unanimous decision wins over both. Westcott, however, was far more urgent in taking care of his business, scoring quick submissions of Daniel Kelly and Vik Grujic.

The “TUF Nations” finale airs live on Fox Sports 1 and is headlined by a middleweight showdown between Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy. The event will also showcase the UFC debut of highly-regarded Invicta FC talent Leslie Smith, who will step up on short notice to rematch former Strikeforce queen Sarah Kaufman in a 135-pound duel.


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