The UFC resolved a number of lingering issues related to the future of their heavyweight division on Tuesday when Dana White announced former divisional title-holder Brock Lesnar and top contender Junior dos Santos would be acting as opposing coaches next season on the Ultimate Fighter. The two are then expected to face each other with the winner earning an opportunity at current champ Cain Velasquez’s belt once he has fully recovered from a torn rotator cuff sidelining him at the moment.
“It’s gonna be a very interesting six weeks of filming,” said White during a conference call with media.
On the subject of the UFC’s selection of Lesnar as a coach, the UFC President explained, “The guy’s a former world champion, he’s beat guys and held the title. 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. He’s obviously got a lot that he can teach, and not only him, but the staff that he has around him have a lot to teach young, up and coming guys, and that’s what it’s really all about.”
White also praised “Cigano” for opting to put the shot at Velasquez’s championship he’d already earned up for grabs. “He’s been knocking everybody out, comes off a three round war with “Big Country” (Roy Nelson) and I love when guys do that because it’s good for them, it’s good experience, it gets them in better shape and it takes them to another level. And to put this guy on the shelf for a long time is ridiculous, and much credit to him for not wanting to go on the shelf.”
The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 will feature welterweights and is set to air on March 30 with the subsequent clash of coaches expected to occur at some point in June. Lesnar is 5-2 and had won four consecutive bouts before falling to Velasquez at UFC 121. Comparably, dos Santos has a record of 12-1 and is currently riding a streak of seven straight victories.
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