Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC President Dana White will make one of his patented “special announcements” tomorrow night during the Spike TV broadcast of the “2009 VGAs First Look E3 Special” at 11 PM ET, and all signs point to it being the naming of the coaches for the upcoming tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.
So who exactly will the coaches be? That’s actually a pretty good question at the moment.
According to Fighters Only Magazine, former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans, who quickly created bad blood between one another immediately following Jackson’s decision win over Keith Jardine in March, will serve as the newest set of coaches. However, Jackson was set to receive the next shot at Lyoto Machida, who defeated Evans for the belt this past weekend.
Here comes the confusing part…
We know that Jackson is definitely a coach. He said so last night via his twitter account:
Evans’ camp has yet to confirm anything, but rumors are floating about that he was indeed offered the gig. Since Jackson and Machida were slated to fight later this year, it was assumed that the Brazilian would automatically garner the other coaching spot, but his manager, Ed Soares, says that’s not necessarily the case.
Machida’s official website also now states that his next fight will take place in September in Las Vegas, potentially at the yet-to-be-announced UFC 103 event, against Jackson:
So with Jackson and Machida still scheduled to meet in the fall, this could leave us with the first season of “TUF” without a season-ending fight between coaches since “TUF 4”, which didn’t feature coaches, but a variety of trainers to help already-established veterans. That is, unless Evans is already penciled in to face Jackson regardless of whether or not he defeats Machida.
Either way, the next milestone season of the show is currently targeted to start on September 19, with UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma City serving as the lead-in program. If Evans and Jackson are indeed the coaches, we could be in for a pretty entertaining season to say the least.