One of the big questions surrounding Brock Lesnar’s announcement as a TUF coach is questions about his ability to … well, coach. He’s only been training a few years and part of that time was spent fighting off a bad case of shitgut. But don’t bring up his n00bness with Dana White or he’ll smack you down, as Ariel Helwani from MMA Fighting learned:
Ariel Helwani from Fanhouse asked if the integrity of show would be affected with such a green fighter as the coach (2:35 mark).
“I think that’s one of the craziest things I’ve ever heard you say. the guy’s a former world champion. He’s beat guys and held the title. No matter what his record is, what the guy’s accomplished in a short amount of time in MMA is incredible,” said White.
Lesnar, a former NCAA wrestling heavyweight champ, works with Marty Morgan. Morgan is also a former elite wrestler at the NCAA level.
“He’s obviously got a lot that he can teach. Not only that, but the staff he’s got around him have a lot to teach up and coming guys. That’s really what it’s all about,” said White.
White then turned it up a notch.
“To say the guy doesn’t have the credentials to coach the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ is probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard,” said White (3:20 mark).
He might not have the creds to coach for real, but TUF coaching is a different beast. It basically involves bringing YOUR coaches onto the show and playing the figurehead role. Some guys were even terrible at that – Ken Shamrock brought a bodybuilder as an assistant coach, and Quinton Jackson proved through two seasons that he was one of the worst TUF coaches of all time. Still, it’s hard to see Team Brock suffering too much when you consider who he’s likely to bring with him:
The problem with that theory is that when you look at the coaching staff Brock will likely bring with him on the show, it’s going to be a great staff. Marty Morgan, Erik Paulson [aka THE MAN – fl], and Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros. These are trainers who command respect and deserve it. I have no doubt that the fighters on the show, whatever level they will be coming in at (the show is all Welterweights this season), will learn plenty and get better. The same for the team of coaches Junior will bring into the mix.
Will Junior bust out the Black House All Stars? They include Anderson Silva, the Nog brothers, Jose Aldo, Lyoto Machida, and Jacare amongst others.