The next season of TUF is set to begin filming in a few week and there’s still no official word as to who’s going to coach. Now Dana White has come out and shared his top options with MMA Fighting in what I assume is part of his ‘let the fans pick ‘ kick he’s currently on. I’m sure he’ll be keeping a close eye on what the idiot Twitter hive mind has to buzz about the options. Some excerpts:
Among the pairs he named as possibilities were a duo rumored to be up for the job, MMA legend Wanderlei Silva and recently suspended middleweight Chael Sonnen.
Anther possibility? UFC bantamweights Miguel Torres and Urijah Faber.
A surprising duo White mentioned was UFC heavyweights Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar. The pair has already fought twice, splitting the series 1-1. There was talk of a rubber match recently before White backed off the bout. However, with the added push of TUF highlighting the intense rivalry between the pair, the fight would likely do a monster number on pay-per-view, a serious consideration in deliberations.
The biggest issue I have with Sonnen vs Wanderlei is I don’t feel like watching several months of television to hype up a fight with a painfully obvious outcome. Plus there’s that little issue of Chael being in the middle of steroids suspension. And while the NSAC could grant Chael the right to coach the show if they feel like it, there’s a small problem: NSAC head Keith Kizer recently said Chael lied under oath during his steroid hearing when he claimed he’d spoken to Kizer about his testosterone replacement therapy. Having to explain that one might keep Chael out of Vegas for a while.
The rest of the choices are bordering on square peg through a round slot too. Putting the bantamweight belt on the shelf for 9 months now seems like a dumb way to start the weightclass off in the UFC. And Brock Lesnar would rather spend his time out in the woods covered in deer pheromones than in Vegas training a bunch of yahoos. From there it gets into some pretty slim pickings. Any suggestions? You might want to tweet @DanaWhite with yours, because he seems to need them.