Dana White’s “big announcement” at the end of last night’s ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ finale was only half of the real announcement. On a pre-recorded message during tonight’s SpikeTV Video Game Awards, White announced Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (29-6-0) will be the second coach on the 7th season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Forrest Griffin (15-4-0) was already confirmed as the first coach last night as he has earned his #1 Contender status by shocking the world with his submission victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (16-3-0) this past September.
MMA experts, including ourselves (we’re not really experts, we swear!) have been skeptical about the UFC’s marketing of “Rampage” ever since the UFC took over his WFA contract.
Jackson has a one of a kind personality and is really just entering the prime of his career even though he has nearly 40 fights under his belt. His skills are still improving even with age and he has the experience of being in fights with the best in the business.
It’s strange to think the #1 Contender is more known to casual MMA fans than the champ is, but unfortunately in this “infancy” stage of MMA that’s how the chips have fallen.
Jackson is going to have a chance to show American fans what he’s all about on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’
Bravo to the UFC for finally giving some love to “Rampage.”