While Lyoto Machida may have convinced many of his doubters that his fights are more than just a cure for insomnia, that apparently wasn’t enough for SpikeTV executives. After a few days of speculation on whether the new Brazilian 205-pound champ would co-star with Rampage Jackson on the next season of TUF, we have an answer: Nope.
Former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans were today officially announced as coaches on the upcoming 10th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
The shows debuts Sept. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV, which aired the first season of “TUF” in 2005.
Additionally, unlike recent seasons of the reality show, the UFC and Spike TV will not start with 32 candidates and will instead commence with a cast of 16 fighters.
Personally, I’m ecstatic … but not because I hate Machida or anything. I just wasn’t looking forward to seeing zero light heavyweight title defenses for several months – again. TUF has been the bane of timely belt shots for a while now, and at this point I think we can all agree that cum-eating piss platter entertainment isn’t worth taking your fucking champions out of rotation.
It’s also interesting to note that the UFC is ditching the eliminator round to get into the house. I have no doubt this is because (a) they couldn’t find 32 potentially cool and talented heavyweights and (b) they didn’t want to risk shitty dudes knocking out the NFL veterans coming onto the show.
The only thing I’m worried about is involving Rampage again. This is a guy who rusts up on the sidelines and literally suffered some sort of breakdown after his last stint on the show. He’s best served kept busy with fights, but I suppose when you’ve got a good feud a brewin’, you roll the dice and see what happens.