Rumors have been rampant that the two next coaches for "The Ultimate Fighter" would be Lyoto Machida and Rampage Jackson, setting up their light heavyweight title bout. In fact, Dana White mentioned that he would make a special announcement on Thursday, and many assumed that he was going to make the coaches announcement.
Well, Rampage may have let the cat out of the bag a touch early, as he told the world via Twitter that he was packing to move to Las Vegas to coach TUF. In Rampage's last coaching appearance, before he lost his title to Forrest Griffin, he formed a close bond with his team and started a prank war. Jackson coached C.B. Dollaway to the finale, where he then lost via armbar to Amir Sadollah.
Rampage's announcement indirectly confirms that Machida will also coach, which will be interesting. His fighting style is very different from most other fighters, so it will be fascinating to see him try to translate that to a group of young fighters. Will he tutor them to drink their urine? How will he fare in a prank war with Rampage? Tune in to find out!
UPDATE: MMA Junkie is reporting that despite his loss, Rashad Evans will be taking the spot as the other coach for TUF 10. Alas, we won't get to find out that intricacies of urine therapy, though Evans will likely bring along members of Greg Jackson's camp to coach, which will also be fun to watch.
- Rampage Jackson
- Lyoto Machida