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UFC Ultimate Fighter (TUF): 'Nations' Finale fight card previews stream for 'Bisping vs Kennedy' in Quebec City on FOX Sports 1

This Wednesday night (April 16, 2014) The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “Nations” Finale will go down from Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, airing live at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) card features a trash talk-fueled main event between Top 10-ranked middleweights Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy. Returning from surgery for a detached retina, No. 5-ranked Bisping was hoping for a bigger name opponent in his comeback bout; however, the No. 8-ranked Kennedy prodded “Count” until he accepted the match-up. A win will give the victor prime bargaining position in the stacked UFC 185-pound weight class. Opposing TUF: “Nations” coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke will go to war at welterweight in the evening’s co-main event. Both fighters come into the bout off of wins, as former middleweight title challenger Cote was last seen defeating Bobby Voelker at UFC 158, while Noke beat Charlie Brenneman his last time out. The card also showcases the inaugural contract bouts for the "Canada vs. Australia"-themed season of TUF when Elias Theodorou meets Sheldon Westcott at middleweight and Olivier Aubin-Mercier faces Chad Laprise at welterweight. Rounding out the main card, surging No. 6-ranked featherweight Dustin Poirier will take on TUF alum Akira Corassani. Stay tuned to MMAMania.com for all of your TUF: “Nations” Finale previews, predictions, and more with the complete story stream below!

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Find Out Where To Watch TUF Finale Tonight!

The complete Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale fight card will air later this afternoon/early evening (Weds., April 16, 2014) on Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1. Here's how to catch tonight's "Bisping vs. Kennedy" mixed martial arts (MMA) action LIVE from all available locations.

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Preview! Bisping Vs. Kennedy Trash Talk Special

After a heated buildup filled will endless trash talk, Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy will finally settle their differences at tonight's (Wed., April 16, 2014) TUF: "Nations" Finale from Quebec City, Canada. How can each middleweight contender deliver on the hype? Read our fight preview to find out!

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Michael Bisping, TUF: 'Nations' 'Fighter To Watch'

Michael Bisping -- known as a rather brash Brit -- will headline The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale opposite Tim Kennedy tonight (Weds., April 16, 2014) on FOX Sports 1. It's been a heated war of words in the build up to the Middleweight match, which begs the question as to whether or not Bisping can keep his cool and take what should be a comfortable win.

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Final Video Preview: Bisping vs. Kennedy tonight!

Preview the big fight tonight on FOX Sports 1!

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Bonus Watch! TUF 'Nations' Finale Award Winners?

Another international season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) has drawn to an end, culminating with an exciting mid-week Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) card that takes place later this evening (Weds., April 16, 2014) on FOX Sports 1. Take a look at the special fighters and fights from the "Bisping vs. Kennedy" event who have the potential to haul in one or more of UFC's new performance-based bonuses.

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TUF 'Nations' 'Prelims' Preview, Predictions Pt. 2

More UFC fights are coming to FOX Sports 1 this mid-week (Weds., April 16, 2014) when The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale mixed martial arts (MMA) event kicks off from Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg continues TUF: "Nations" Finale "Prelims" party with party the second (and final) installment of a two-part under card preview series.

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TUF Nations Odds, Underdogs And Betting Favorites

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC's upcoming The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale international mixed martial arts (MMA) event that is set to hit Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, this Wednesday evening (April 16, 2014), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more.

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The Count! Breaking Down TUF Nations Bisping

MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale headliner Michael Bisping, who looks to take another step toward the title in the Middleweight main event when he takes on Tim Kennedy this Wednesday night (April 16, 2014) at Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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Preview! Cote & Noke Fight For TUF 'Nations' Honor

This Wednesday night (April 16, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke will face off in the co-main event of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale, airing live at 7 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1 from Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Former UFC middleweight title challenger Cote got the best of the two fighters' stint as coaches on the Canada vs. Australia-themed TUF: "Nations." All four finalists are from his native Canada, but now he's got to uphold their honor by defeating Noke.

"Predator" was last seen defeating Bobby Voelker via decision at UFC 158 in March 2013. Fighting in mixed martial arts (MMA) for nearly 12 years, Cote has won six out of his past seven bouts after a three-fight snide saw him released from UFC.

Noke has been out of action since a first round TKO of Charlie Brenneman at UFC 152 in October 2012. He had lost two straight heading into the bout, so after a shoulder injury and a long layoff due to the show, Noke to prove he can bounce back strong tomorrow night.

Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Cote vs. Noke:

*****

Patrick Cote

Record: 19-8 overall, 6-8 UFC

Key Wins: Bobby Voelker (UFC 158), Kendall Grove (UFC 74), Scott Smith (UFC 67), Ricardo Almeida (UFC 86)

Key Losses: Anderson Silva (UFC 90), Tito Ortiz (UFC 50), Chris Leben (UFC Ultimate Fight Night), Cung Le (UFC 148), Alan Belcher (UFC 113), Tom Lawlor (UFC 121)

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Kyle Noke

Record: 20-6-1 overall, 4-2 UFC

Key Wins: Charlie Brenneman (UFC 152), Chris Camozzi (UFC 127)

Key Losses: Ed Herman (UFC on Versus 5), Andrew Craig (UFC on FX 2)

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Cote is a seasoned finisher who's put away eight foes via knockout. His problem is that he's wilted in the face of true top competition. His key losses make up most of his overall losses, and each defeat has come in UFC. That's not usually a recipe for success in the Octagon, so Cote is lucky to be where he is.

Having grown up in Quebec, he'll have the roaring support of his hometown fans behind him. Cote needs to keep a high pace and disrupt Noke's rhythm with his strikes. Noke has a solid chin and even fought Hector Lombard to a draw, so a knockout would be a solid accomplishment.

Noke is a well-rounded combatant with seven knockouts and eight submissions to his name. Cote has proven he can be submitted before, but like Noke, he's extremely tough to knock out and only has one striking stoppage loss on his record.

The Aussie has a vicious rear-naked choke that could come into play if he can win some scrambles and gain an advantageous position on the mat.

With his last win being light years ago, Noke needs to make a statement with a big win, and he's going to have to do it in extremely hostile territory.

Cote and Noke are extremely tough challengers, but it's hard to gauge just where they're at right now. They've been involved as coaches of TUF ‘Nations' for quite some time, and ring rust may be a factor in Quebec.

Noke's been out for quite a bit longer after some injuries, and I can't help but thinking his year-and-half layoff off will to hinder his abilities somewhat. He'll most likely need some time to get re-accustomed to the cage, and that's not a luxury he'll have in facing hometown favorite Cote.

I doubt that Noke gets finished with strikes, but Cote's extensive Muay Thai training might outclass him on the feet. Unless he can get the fight to the ground and lock up a submission, I see this one going to ‘Predator.'

Final Prediction: Cote def. Noke via unanimous decision

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Winner's Circle! TUF: 'Nations' Finale Edition

What does victory means for UFC’s TUF Finale main and co-main event fighters Michael Bisping, Tim Kennedy, Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke this Wednesday night (April 16, 2014) at Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec? We take a look at the possible outcomes and future consequences for each of these combatants below.

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Full TUF: 'Nations' Finale Weigh In Video Replay

In case you missed it live, here's the replay for the TUF: "Nations" Finale weigh-ins from Quebec, Canada.

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STAREDOWNS! Bisping Mean Mugs Kennedy in Canada

Two men staring at each other in their underwear. This is your life.

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Preview! Westcott Vs. Theodorou MW Contract Bout

Sheldon Westcott and Elias Theodorou will face off for an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contract in the middleweight finals of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale this Wednesday night (April 16, 2014), airing live at 7 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1 from Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Canadian Westcott steamrolled his way to the show's finals, submitting Australians Daniel Kelly and Vik Grujic in the elimination and semi-final rounds, respectively. The Alberta native hasn't lost since his very first mixed martial arts (MMA) bout back in 2007.

Undefeated Theodorou looked impressive on his way to a spot on the TUF: "Nations" Finale, but he didn't get the job done with the same authority of Westcott. Instead winning unanimous decisions over Zein Saliba and Tyler Manawaroa, Theodorou has proven to be more of a calculating fighter.

"Spartan" has a Bellator win under his belt, but he's looking to make a statement in what is definitely the biggest fight of his life. Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Westcott vs. Theodorou:

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Sheldon Westcott

Record: 8-1-1 overall, 0-0 UFC

Key Wins: Vik Grujic (TUF: "Nations" semi-finals)

Key Losses: None

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Elias Theodorou

Record: 8-0 overall, 0-0 UFC

Key Wins: Tyler Manawaroa (TUF: "Nations" semi-finals), Rich Lictawa (Bellator 64)

Key Losses: None

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Westcott is a well-rounded combatant who mixes up his game effectively, evident by his three knockouts, three submissions, and two decision wins. He has a lethal guillotine choke that he'll be looking to lock on for a quick victory in Quebec City. He also used an arm triangle choke to dispatch Kelly on the show, showing that Westcott relies heavily on his grappling right now.

If he can submit Theodorou, he'll become the first man to ever do so.

"Spartan" has a similar resume to Westcott, owning three knockouts, two submissions, and three decision wins. At 6'1," Theodorou is also the same height as Westcott. If there's one knock on "Spartan" throughout the course of the show, it's his inability to finish either of his opening round foes.

However, it's tough to argue with success.

This contract bout features two highly motivated challengers who know what it takes to be a complete martial artist. With the title of first-ever TUF: "Nations" middleweight winner on the line, both Westcott and Theodorou will be under an extreme amount of pressure in front of their home Canadian fans.

Which one will harness that energy on their way to a huge victory?

With both fighters being so similar technically and physically, each and every edge is going to come at a premium in Quebec City. While Westcott has shown a lethal ground game as of late, Theodorou has seemingly taken his foot off the gas pedal a bit.

That might not be the best course of action against Westcott; a ridiculously fast starter never lets his opponents find their grove. Theodorou doesn't have the luxury of waiting out a quality finisher like Westcott, so he has to exhibit more controlled aggression. If he can keep the fight standing by peppering Westcott from range, victory could be at hand for "Spartan."

At the end of the day, I think Westcott will put an exclamation point on his TUF: "Nations" stint and take home the contract with a finish.

Final Prediction: Westcott def., Theodorou via submission

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TUF: 'Nations' Finale Weigh In Results & Video

Here's your spot for complete TUF: "Nations" Finale weigh in results.

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Watch! UFC Open Workout Video From Quebec City

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) asked its The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale event headliners to hit the mitts and show off their jits in anticipation of the FOX Sports 1 show this Wednesday evening (April 16, 2014) at Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Main event attractions, Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy, as well as tournament finalists Elias Theodorou and Sheldon Westcott and Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Chad Laprise, were invited to work up one final public sweat prior to showtime and schmooze with fans. TUF: "Nations" Finale coaches, Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke, were noticeably absent, while Kaillie Humphries -- a two-time Olympic blonde bombshell -- was overtly present. Enjoy!

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TUF 'Nations' 'Prelims' Preview, Predictions Pt. 1

More UFC fights are coming to Fight Pass online digital network this mid-week (Weds., April 16, 2014) when The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale mixed martial arts (MMA) event kicks off from Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg kicks off TUF: "Nations" Finale "Prelims" party with part one of a two-part under card preview series.

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U-S-A! Breaking Down TUF Finale's Tim Kennedy

MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale headliner Tim Kennedy, who will attempt to continue his undefeated Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) run in the Middleweight main event when he takes on Michael Bisping this Wednesday night (April 16, 2014) at Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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Preview! Laprise Vs. Aubin-Mercier Contract Bout

This Wednesday night (April 16, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights Chad Laprise and Olivier Aubin-Mercier will square off in the 170-pound finals at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale, airing live at 7 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1 from Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Undefeated Canadian Laprise won his first bout on the show with a unanimous decision over Chris Indich, but he truly made a statement in the semi-finals. Knocking out Kajan Johnson with a jaw-shattering right hand, Laprise staked a claim at one of the best mixed martial arts (MMA) knockouts of the young year.

He'll face a fellow undefeated countryman in Aubin-Mercier, who won a decision over Jake Matthews in the elimination round before submitting Richard Walsh to earn his spot in the finals.

With the inaugural TUF: "Nations" welterweight contract on the line, stakes will be high in Quebec City. Let's tale a look at the keys to victory for Laprise vs. Aubin-Mercier:

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Chad Laprise

Record: 7-0 overall, 0-0 UFC

Key Wins: Kajan Johnson (TUF: "Nations" semi-finals), Josh Taveirne (Bellator 64), Ainsley Robinson (Bellator 76)

Key Losses: None

*****

Olivier Aubin-Mercier

Record: 4-0 overall, 0-0 UFC

Key Wins: Richard Walsh (TUF: "Nations" semi-finals)

Key Losses: None

*****

Two-time Bellator competitor Laprise largely prefers to let his thunderous striking do his talking, owning four of his seven total wins by knockout. He's already made a name for himself with his huge knockout of Johnson. He can build on that momentum by using his dangerous stand-up skills to win the inaugural TUF: "Nations" 170-pound contract.

It won't be easy, however, as talented grappler Aubin-Mercier has submitted each and every one of his foes with a first round rear-naked choke. He has a strong judo base that has been unstoppable thus far, but we don't exactly have a huge sample size to draw from.

Laprise doesn't have terrible mat skills, but there's no sense in diving headfirst into a ground war with a fighter like Aubin-Mercier. Laprise will look to avoid takedowns and score another big finish with an early flurry.

He can't get too overanxious while looking for the knockout; that could leave him susceptible to a takedown. If Aubin-Mercier can neutralize Laprise's rush and drag him into deep water, the bout could quickly turn in his favor.

Just don't count on it, as Laprise appears to have a lethal stand-up game working right now.

Both Laprise and Aubin-Mercier have the confidence that an undefeated record brings; yet they are largely untested on the grand stage. The nine finishes in 11 total bouts between them makes me think that this affair could be a wild one.

Obviously a kickboxing match massively favors Laprise, and his legitimate power is nothing to mess with. Aubin-Mercier has shown a stifling ground game that gives opponents fits, so the contract will go to whomever implements their gameplan best.

Aubin-Mercier is no joke and should find a home in UFC regardless of Wednesday night's result, but I think that Laprise's striking power and experience edge from having fought in Bellator will give him the slight advantage.

Final Prediction: Laprise def. Aubin-Mercier via technical knockout

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Preview! 5 Burning TUF: 'Nations' Finale Questions

Before every fight card, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans toggle between possible scenarios and what to expect days before it all unfolds in front of their eyes. Probable outcomes, distinguishable facts and head-scratching theories are all part of the mystique that surrounds the fights on any given night. We ask ourselves the same questions … and try to uncover different answers.

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Preview! 'Diamond' Looks To Shine Vs. Corassani

This Wednesday night (April 16, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweights Dustin Poirier and Akira Corassani will face off on the main card of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale, airing live at 7 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1 from Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

No. 6-ranked Poirier was last seen defeating TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao with a first round technical knockout at UFC 168, a fight before which Brandao badly missed weight and threatened to stab Poirier in the neck with a pen. Poised to make a run at a 145-pound title shot, "Diamond" will need to hand Corassani his first-ever UFC loss to do it.

With victories in 10 of his last 11 mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts, TUF 14 alum Corassani was last seen winning via disqualification at December 2013's TUF 18 Finale after Maximo Blanco nailed him with an illegal knee and broke his nose in five places.

Corassani will face his toughest test in the hard-nosed "Diamond." Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Poirier vs. Corassani:

*****

Dustin Poirier

Record: 15-3 overall, 7-2 UFC

Key Wins: Erik Koch (UFC 164), Diego Brandao (UFC 168), Jonathan Brookins (TUF 16 Finale), Max Holloway (UFC 143)

Key Losses: Cub Swanson (UFC on Fuel TV 7), Chan Sung Jung (UFC on Fuel TV 3)

*****

Akira Corassani

Record: 12-3(1) overall, 3-0 UFC

Key Wins: Andy Ogle (UFC on Fuel TV 5), Robbie Peralta (UFC on Fuel TV 9)

Key Losses: None

*****

With his only two UFC losses coming to highly ranked contenders Cub Swanson and Chan Sung Jung, Poirier has proven himself an incredibly tough out in a division stacked full of worthy competitors. However, he's lacking that one true defining win. Unfortunately for him, the unranked Corassani won't fit that bill.

He still has to keep winning to keep inching closer towards a coveted title shot, and the best way to do that is to use his rapidly improving striking. Since making his way to American Top Team (ATT), Poirier has been absorbing the knowledge of the top-level talent anchored there. Corassani has been knocked out in each of his three losses, and he only has one striking stoppage win of his own.

Possessing a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Corassani has largely preferred to outpoint his opponents on the feet, but he also has three submissions. Trying to stick and move against the ultra-aggressive Poirier isn't likely to end well for him.

"Diamond" has a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu that has earned him six submissions, and he should outclass Corassani on the mat. The deck is stacked against the Swedish TUF alum here. He has to avoid power shots and continually maintain position against a dangerous ranked opponent.

It could be a long night for the charismatic Corassani.

With Dustin Poirier looking like a motivated future title contender, it's kind of strange to see him booked against an unranked challenger like Corassani.

Still, he's undefeated in UFC and could shock the world, but I don' see it happening. Look for Poirier to push the pace early and often, softening Corassani up with a bevy of strikes to continue staking his claim at a fight against featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

Final Prediction: Poirier def. Corassani via technical knockout

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