It’s official – Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos will be the coaches for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Dos Santos was expected to face UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez for his belt, but news broke that Velasquez would be out for 6-8 months with a shoulder injury suffered during his UFC 121 heavyweight title win over Lesnar.
Rather than waiting on the sideline for the current king to recover, Dos Santos chose to risk it all by facing Lesnar, a former professional wrestling superstar.
Lesnar on the other hand, lost his UFC heavyweight championship in a less-than-impressive performance this past October.
Since then, media outlets have fueled rumours of Lesnar's departure from MMA and a return to Vince McMahon's WWE for one last pay day.
When UFC President Dana White made his announcement on The Ultimate Fighter this past Tuesday, it wasn’t clear who they would appoint as coaches.
“We were working on this thing for such a long time. So many things happened with the injuries to Velasquez and more,” White said.“And now Dos Santos is waiting on his title shot, so it made all the sense in the world to do this once we knew how long Cain was going to be out.”
Lesnar is unquestionably the UFC’s biggest draw at this point, so I can understand wanting to have such a high-profile superstar as a coach for 12 weeks.
But are either men qualified for the role?
According to the dictionary, a coach is someone who trains or directs athletes while giving instructions.
Lesnar and Dos Santos have only several years of professional experience under their belt, and still need training themselves.
Lesnar has stated in multiple interviews he still needs plenty of coaching.
Does that really sound like a coach to you?
The other front runners to become coaches for The Ultimate Fighter were Dominick Cruz & Urijah Faber.
Faber and Cruz faced one another years prior with “The Califoria Kid” disposing of the inexperienced Cruz in no time. There is an obvious animosity between the two bantamweight stand outs, which was topped off by each man calling out the other after their recent victories.
As coaches, Cruz and Faber are a more logical choice. They are two fresh names who have been competing in WEC for years. The Ultimate Fighter could have been a chance to introduce their personalities right away.