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Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson to Coach “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10

UFC President Dana White today announced that former light heavyweight champions “Suga” Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will assume the roles of coaches on the upcoming tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter.

“The tenth 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, both of which have personalities as large as their skill-sets, it promises to deliver,” White was quoted as saying in a press release issued by Spike TV this afternoon.

The show is set to debut on Spike TV on September 16, 2009 at 10 pm. The Ultimate Fighter will continue to air on Wednesday evenings.

The show’s tenth season will be the first to feature the heavyweight class since the the second season. “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” will feature sixteen big men in an all heavyweight season.

The TUF 10 Finale has been set for December 5 in Las Vegas.

Neither Evans or Jackson are strangers to the reality hit. Evans was the heavyweight “Ultimate Fighter” on the second season and Jackson appeared as a coach opposite Forrest Griffin during the seventh season.

Evans is rebounding from his knockout loss suffered at the ands of Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 and Jackson’s last appearance in the Octagon saw him edge out Evans’ teammate Keith Jardine in a closely contested affair.

No word on whether Jackson and Evans will face off at the conclusion of the show but it would come as a surprise if they didn’t considering the pairs checkered past with one another.

Newly crowned light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida had been rumored as a coach for the tenth season before Evans was officially announced as the second coach opposite Jackson this afternoon. Many fans will be happy to know that a UFC championship will not be tied up during the taping of the show as has happened in seasons past.

9 COMMENTS
  • Brandon says:

    I am definitely happy to see that a championship belt wont be tied up for a long time!

  • JJ Docker says:

    What has happened to Jackson’s title shot, then?

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    Jackson has built up fighting Evans as more important than a title shot. He believes Evans went over the line in the face off they had (remember the “black on black violence” quote) after Evans defeated Griffin.

    Yeah, translated: Q wants no part of Machida whatsoever. I thought the belt was Q’s belt and everyone else was a pretender? Looks like whoever is ranked #4 gets first shot, or the UFC is going set Machida off in a corner gathering dust until Evans / Jackson is settled.

    As I rethink it, though, I’d rank the top three as Evans, Jackson, Griffin . . . so we’re looking at a 5 rank for the first title shot against Machida? So much for the UFC putting up the best fights. Or they’ve misplaced their belief in Jackson as a top fiver.
    That’s a lot of bail money to invest in a guy who won’t be going for the belt until 2010.

    Owooooooooooooo. (that’s my salute to Q. I don’t know how to spell out a fart.)

  • neijia says:

    hmm. i love rampage but he has little chance against machida. plus i want to see him win on TUF this time and make whatever comeback he can. would like to see him fight evans and then rematch against griffin.

    griffin or shogun could get a shot at machida next and that should be good.

  • s00nertp says:

    AWESOME news!!!

  • redwire says:

    With regards to Guy Gaduois’ post about Rampage and ‘black on black crime’, Rampage wore that little nugget out long ago. He used it when talking about Randleman in Pride, then when he came to the UFC, he used it before his bout with Eastman, and now he’s using it with Evans. I used to think Quinton was pretty funny, but now I realize that he more or less has two jokes – black on black crime, and ‘your breath stinks’.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    I just read on another website that Shogun will fight Machida at UFC 103 in October.

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    Jstew . . . read the same thing. That’s quite a jump in rank for Shogun.

    Not bad for his record in the UFC. It’s interesting that this “carryover” of records/rank/reputation is only according to convenience. It was inevitable that Machida was going to get a shot at the belt and that once he did, it would be a troublesome marketing challenge.

    But Machida has done everything the UFC has asked and has had the most impressive and explosive belt ascension we’ve seen in a while. Only Lesnar’s could be deemed more explosive because he literally came out of nowhere with his astonishing power – but he’s still got the loss to Mir which questions Brock’s all around game. Machida is totally unblemished and his last two fights have answered the ‘boring fighting style’ criticisms that were set at him (by people like me).

    Machida has shut me up and made me take notice. The UFC might not like having their MW and LHW belts tied up by guys who are from Brazil and have limited English skills, but these two aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    I see a lot of the big names wanting no part of Machida. I know Forrest won’t turn down a fight with Machida, but I know Rashad won’t be itching soon, Q obviously would rather drive around the sidewalks of SoCal in his big ass truck.

    I don’t see Shogun beating Machida, but Rua looked much faster and had a much better outing against Chuck than he did against Coleman. I see it being about the same finish as Evans. 2nd Round KO.

  • GetItOn says:

    redwire –

    Rampage has a new joke now and it’s calling Lyoto Machida ” Lil Cheetah ” or ” Lacheda” lol he says cause he runs fast

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