It appears “The Ultimate Fighter 13” could shape up to be one of the most interesting seasons in the show’s history. UFC president Dana White recently mentioned three pairs of coaches that would make any MMA reality fan salivate.
A popular theory making the rounds on the Internet is a Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rivalry. The chatty former top contender has taken to his Twitter (although he’s denied it’s his account…) with “The Axe Murderer” as his primary target.
An issue obviously would be Sonnen’s suspension from the California State Athletic Commission for testing positive for high levels of testosterone after coming up short in the fight of his life against Anderson Silva at UFC 117.
“I don’t know. He’s got the suspension and we’ll see what happens. He’s on the shelf for six months. We know that. We’ll figure out where to go from there,” White said of Sonnen.
Another possibility could be WEC transfers Urijah Faber and Miguel Torres.
With the Octagon’s recent expansion efforts, it would make sense to help promote their lighter weight classes. Both Faber and Torres are extremely charismatic and popular, so having their mugs on the small screen would push the UFC’s newest additions.
The most remote, yet highly intriguing, scenario would feature former heavyweight champs Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir coaching opposite each other.
Hardcore MMA fans scoffed at a potential trilogy when White hinted at one following Lesnar’s title-dropping loss at UFC 121 in October. The primary issue there is, Lesnar isn’t the UFC’s top-pick when it comes to camera time courtesy of his people-hating ways. He also hasn’t been shy about voicing his desires to keep his personal life and training private.
The next edition of the UFC’s highly popular reality series will feature contestants from both the 170-pound and 185-pound divisions.