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Brock will sell, but can he coach?

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.

  • Omomatta

    Okay, I do have to back up DW. Based off the fact that he allowed Kos to coach a season I see how he can reason using Brock. I’ve said this twenty times already, but I feel horrible for the the poor saps who get stuck in his camp. This is about viewers and ratings….that’s it. Money, money, money, money. Dana’s banking on WWE viewers tuning in…..which will probably work.

  • fightlinker

    Yeah, it should do wonders for further mainstreaming of the UFC and MMA. I bet Zuffa had to shell out mad $$$ to make it happen – glad they’re running things and are willing to put the money into growth

  • Omomatta

    I was seriously considering not even watching this season…..then you mention Black House!!!!! Dammit Ryan! DW should be paying you for that promotion.

  • frickshun


  • Blackula Jonez

    Black House All Stars = The Justice League of Brazil

  • Omomatta

    ^Couldn’t have put it any better.

  • CAP

    Everytime I think it could be good. It sucks. I can’t see much back and forth from JDS and Lesnar but who knows. I’m sure they can manufacture something.

  • UberShmact

    I’ve been to an Erik Paulson seminar and based on that I would happily be in Team Lesnar. Then we would take it to Team Angle and pick up the win at survival series.

  • Symbul

    The real question is: can he park his car too close to JDS’ rental? They can probably get Lesnar to redecorate a doorframe or two for the cameras too. That’s the coaching skills for TUF pretty much wrapped up.

  • thingvolds

    oh theyre putting money into “growth” all right.

    growth = malignant tumor

  • Blackula Jonez

    Justice League of Brazil aside, I will be DVR’ing every ep and fast forwarding to the fights.

    Its the only way to watch TUF and respect yourself as a human being by avoiding the standard reality show bullshit that is used to captivate casual fans.

  • CAP

    ^I’ve tried that method too and still lose interest after a while.

  • shillyer

    Erik paulson is the shizzle.

  • frickshun

    ^^How dare you talk about Paulson that way!!

    Oh wait, that’s supposed to be a compliment?

  • lukustra

    Nog will most likely make an appearance or two, especially since he has already coached on the show. Anderson might show up for one day just to say hi. the rest I doubt. my friend has trained with Paulson and credits him as a great coach so I have no doubts in Lesnar’s training team. The fighters dont do much of the training anyway. In addition, everyone in MMA could use a little wrestling training which Brock can help with. should be a fun season to watch.

  • Reem.Hadouken

    The problem is there will be no real drama going on. JDS isn’t going to get upset or talk trash, and Brock is basically going to look like a grumpy idiot.

    PLUS seeing how he trains will be a real ‘Ken Shamrock is an idiot’ kind of moment. All the rumors about him running horrible camps that don’t cover all the bases will come to light.

    Then Junior will rip his head off his shoulders and Brock will be completely laid bare.

  • scissors61

    Coaching TUF is about selling pay-per-views, not coaching fighters. If Brock’s fighters lose every bout they’re in his PPV with Dos Santos will still do mega buys, that’s all that the UFC cares about. TUF ceased to be about prospect-finding ages ago. That being said, I hope Lesnar brings in Paul Heyman to teach his fighters how to cut a promo. That would be fucking hilarious.

  • Reverend Clint

    i will do what i have done for the past 6 seasons… watch the first 2 episodes and not give a shit.

    Everybody know coaching on tuf is just for show… these fighter dont learn anything and definitely dont learn anything from the fighters “training” them. shit half of the guys in the house shouldnt be anywhere near an octagon.

  • Oontyex

    both dudes have guys with crazy cred in their camps,
    if dana gets it to be about the teams they can bring in then all the fighters (and viewers) are in for a treat :)

  • Blackula Jonez

    the best thing a fighter can get from tuf is training with an elite camp and hopefully getting an invite to train there after the show is over.

    Seeing as Deathclutch is pretty much heavyweights only anybody on brocks team will need to buddy up with paulson in hope of teaming up with his gym.

    I can imagine hitting pads with JDS could only help in demoralizing and emasculating your own striking ability. That man collides with focus pads like they stole money from his grandmother.

  • P W

    The REAL question is if Brock gets to decorate the walls of the TUF gym.

  • iamphoenix

    the MORE REAL question is if Brock Lesnar knows where the bathroom is. Which room is it? What if he has to go pee and poop? Where do you get more toilet paper? What if there’s no soap in the dispenser? Who do you go to to get that replaced? What happens when all the stalls are taken? Do you wait patiently by hoping they finish before you shit your pants? What happens when you shit your pants? Do you tell someone? What if people can smell the shit in your pants? What if they can tell you shit your pants, changed your pants but you shit your pants again?

  • frickshun

    ^^All legitimate questions.

  • agentsmith

    I’m just impressed that Dana convinced Oscar the Grouch to come out of his can for 6 whole weeks at a time. I bet he’s getting paid more to be on TUF than any coach ever before.

  • Reverend Clint

    they should have some doors balsa and some reinforced steel core. when brock goes all ape shit and smashes one we get to guess if its gonna fall apart or break brocks hands.