The UFC has officially confirmed what was previously reported as former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans will indeed serve as coaches on the 10th season of the “The Ultimate Fighter.” However, some additional information has also come to light regarding this highly anticipated season.
“The 10th season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ is going to be the most highly anticipated one in years, and with two of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the world today (as coaches), both of which have personalities as large as their skill-sets, it promises to deliver,” UFC president Dana White stated.
Unlike recent years where the show started off with 32 contestants fighting to get into the soon-to-be demolished TUF house, the show will immediately begin with 16 roommates.
Also, for the first time since Evans won the show in its second season, the UFC opted to host a heavyweight tournament. In fact, this is the only season in TUF history where all of the contestants will be in the same weight class.
UFC officials must have liked what they saw out of the heavyweights during auditions because they initially requested for middleweights and light heavyweights to join their larger counterparts to try-out for TUF 10.
Finally, breaking from tradition, the UFC will not have the TUF coaches face-off once the show wraps. Instead, White will keep his promise to his buddy and give Rampage first crack at Lyoto Machida’s new title.
Machida TKO’d Evans in the 2ndRound of their UFC 98 title tilt, however he was only offered the bout after Rampage turned it down in favor of rest.
The show will begin taping next week and go through the December 5th Finale in Las Vegas.
Spike TV, which has produced the popular reality show with the UFC since 2005, will kick-off the season on September 16th at 10PM EDT/PDT.