Dana White has been making news at Spike’s VGA Awards. White announced the coaches for next season’s The Ultimate Fighter show. Former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad “Sugar” Evans will coach the teams and subsequently fight at the end of the year.
The news is curious considering that it looked like Rampage Jackson was next in line for Lyoto Machida. Jackson reportedly opted to coach the show over taking the title shot at Machida. I don’t think anyone could fault Jackson for taking a reality show over a fight with Lyoto Machida.
The coaches are curious considering the fact that the show will feature all heavyweights. Neither coach is a heavyweight, although Evans did win TUF 2 as a heavyweight. This will be Jackson’s second time coaching and Evans first stint as a coach on the television show. The coaches will fight each other with a shot at light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida on the line following the season.
To me, this show has just gotten boring over the last few seasons. I think there are too many fighters for one thing. Another thing that has tuned me out has been the coaches over the last few seasons. Dan Henderson has the personality of a banana. It’s a shame because I do think Michael Bisping is awesome, and would make a hell of a show with someone just as entertaining or outspoken.
The best seasons have been the ones with a true grudge between coaches. I don’t know if the magic created between Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz could ever be redone. Matt Hughes and Matt Serra came close, but it didn’t have the history of Ken and Tito. I think Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir would have created great tension as coaches. Other than that, I can’t think of a natural rivalry that would translate well here between coaches.
Evans becomes the third former winner of the show to return as a coach. That is another thing that has turned me off in the past. Taking nothing away from Matt Serra and Forrest Griffin, but I’d rather see veterans with a lengthy list of accomplishments in the coaching spots. It just seemed kind of cheesy, especially when the first few seasons featured Ken Shamrock, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Rich Franklin, Tito Ortiz, and Matt Hughes as coaches.