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UFC set to announce TUF 13 coaches: Who will it be?

Steve Cofield
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The UFC hasn't always been the most airtight unit in keeping big announcements a secret, but the promotion has been on lockdown when it comes to naming the coaches for Season 13 of "The Ultimate Fighter."

According to Fanhouse's Mike Chiappetta, Dana White, a late addition to today's Ultimate Fight Night 23 presser (5:15 p.m. ET), is going to announce the coaches.

Who will it be?

Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, Dominick Cruz, Miguel Torres, Urijah Faber, Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva are amongst the rumored names mentioned over the last month or so.

Faber is out. He's got a fight scheduled against Eddie Wineland in March. It's "official" because he's on the poster! Torres looks to be out with a fight schedule in three weeks at UFC 126.

Did Sonnen take himself out of the mix with his guilty plea in a real estate scam and subsequent suspension?

The heavyweights seem to be the strongest possibility. Did Dana White find a way to swindle Lesnar into spending seven weeks in Las Vegas? Mir or even Roy Nelson would be a great choice as the opposing coach.

Shane Carwin, on the shelf after of surgery, doesn't have a future fight booked yet. USA Today tracked Carwin's Twitter account where he said he agreed to a Nelson fight, but that was quickly scrapped by the promotion. He's now looking at a UFC 131 return in Vancouver in June.

Are we way off base? Maybe UFC is going to pull something off that we never expected.

MMAjunkie reported yesterday that the cast will be exclusively welterweights. Taping begins at the end of this month, with the first episode scheduled to air on Mar. 30.

Junkie also thinks Gray Maynard and Frank Edgar could be the coaches. The TUF 13 Finale is slated for June 4 in Las Vegas and UFC 131 is June 14.

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