The rumors are flying about The Ultimate Fighter 10 and who'll be coaching this season. The UFC and Spike will officially announce the selections today.
Earlier in the week, Dave Farra from MMAFix reported that Lyoto Machida and Quinton Jackson are the coaches. Then Machida's website threw us off that scent a bit with a post on the right side of the page saying "The Dragon" is fighting Jackson in September in Las Vegas. One problem with that scenario. It's unlikely that the UFC will be in Sin City that month. The promotion is on the road in Oklahoma City on Sept. 16 for Ultimate Fight Night 19 and it sounds like for proximity reasons a UFC pay-per-view may follow that weekend or the next in Dallas, San Antonio or Houston.
As Maggie Hendricks wrote earlier, it's not Machida-Jackson. It seems crazy to put Evans in a such a high profile slot after suffering a devastating loss at UFC 98. But what's more insane Evans in that slot or the risky move of Machida and subtitles for an entire season? Machida's english is quickly improving but not at a level where his translator Ed Soares could be left out of the mix.
Once the anger subsides about the Evans-Jackson selection, the show will be a huge hit. The potential trash talk, heat and confrontations could make for a classic season. It's not worst move to improve the UFC's standing in the African-American either. That's a demographic the promotion would love to steal away from boxing.
It is a tough blow for Jackson. Sure, he further raises his awareness but it means Jackson is kept from a Machida fight until April of 2010 at the earliest. It also leaves the UFC's newest superstar Machida without an opponent for later this year. Who are the candidates to possibly slay "The Dragon?" Could this be a chance for one final Chuck Liddell superfight? Would the UFC force Machida to battle fellow countryman Shogun Rua? Is there any chance if Randy Couture gets by Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira injury free that he could be ready for a superfight against Machida in December? Could the UFC bump Luiz Cane up for a shot at the title? Would the winner of Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin be a candidate? If Dan Henderson smashes Michael Bisping at UFC 100, would Hendo get the nod? Or is there a free agent, like Ricardo Arona, that the UFC could bring in?
Machida site tip via MMAConvert