To say UFC president Dana White kept “The Ultimate Fighter 13” coaches under lock and key would be an understatement. The promoter trumped the unprecedented hype by dropping the Brock Lesnar bomb, despite the fact the former fake fighter has only three years of MMA experience and seven real scraps under his belt.
“The guy’s a former world champion, has beat guys and held the title,” White emphatically stated during Tuesday’s conference call. “No matter what his record is, what the guy has accomplished in the short amount of time that he’s been in MMA is incredible.
“To say the guy doesn’t have the credentials to coach ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ is probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard!”
Plenty of superstars submitted their resumes for the highly coveted coaching gigs, with many bombarding Twitter with their personalized pitches. However, White came to the controversial conclusion while cruising The Las Vegas Strip in his Ferrari.
“There were a lot of different people we were looking at and then, boom, Cain Velasquez gets hurt,” said White. “I was literally driving to work one morning and I said, ‘You know what? This makes sense. Let’s see if we can do this.’”
One has to wonder if his morning commute was cluttered with thoughts of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix that’s recently dominated the MMA headlines, and that is why the big boss man opted to bust out the ultimate trump card.
While the former heavyweight champ’s participation in the show will blow the numbers through the roof, many are concerned how Lesnar will maintain interest for double-digit weeks with cameras jammed in his face.
“We were sitting there, working on this thing for such a long time,” White said of the battle that has yet to begin. “In dealing with Brock, one minute, he can be into something, and the next minute, he can completely be not into something.
“I’m already prepared for this, mentally, and it’s gonna be a tough season. I know it is.”
“TUF 13” debuts March 30th on Spike TV. Lesnar will coach opposite Junior dos Santos in the latest installment of the popular reality show, with the 265-pounders colliding in June for a shot at Velasquez’s crown.