Perth mixed martial arts fighter Chris Indich has been thrown a last-minute UFC lifeline and will fight in Canada next week.
Last year, Indich was chosen to compete for a UFC contract on reality TV show, The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs Australia.
Despite losing his first elimination bout on the show, the UFC announced today that the 26-year-old had been added to Thursday’s finale.
He will become the second West Australian to compete in the UFC when he fights on the undercard of UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs Kennedy in Quebec City.
The former state rugby player will clash with fellow Australian welterweight, Richard Walsh (7-1).
More than 15,000 fans are expected at the Pepsi Colliseum to watch the event, with hundreds of thousands more tuning in live around the world.
Indich, a well-rounded and durable fighter with a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt, has won two of his fights by TKO and two by submission.
A win against Walsh could put him in line for a lucrative UFC contract.
Headlining Thursday’s card is a highly-anticipated middleweight contest between British veteran, Michael Bisping (24-5), and former US Marine, Tim Kennedy (17-4).