TUF coach fights have fallen apart enough in the past that it wouldn’t be a shocking decision by the UFC to simply move on with life and let the cancelled Wanderlei Silva / Vitor Belfort fight fade from memory. But you can’t deny it sorta undermines a large part of the appeal of TUF: the two coaches are supposed to fight. Saying “Meh, whatever” afterwards doesn’t exactly encourage fans to invest in the formula. So even with Wand losing this past Saturday, the UFC might still try to stage that fight:
Marshall Zelaznik, the UFC’s managing director of international development, said at Saturday’s post-fight press conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended, that the promotion still wants to move forward with the rematch.
“That’s certainly something we’re working towards,” Zelaznik said. “No contracts have been sent or signed, but I think that’s in the plans – to try and make that fight happen.”
Or maybe it won’t. Here’s Dana talking to Karyn Bryant after Saturday’s event:
“It definitely won’t be against Wanderlei. Wanderlei just lost tonight. I dunno, we’ll see what happens. When Vitor heals up we’ll see what happens and go from there.”
When it comes down to it, I’m going to trust what Dana says over anything anyone else in the UFC (other than Lorenzo) says. Zelaznik is no Scott Coker, but if he says one thing and Dana says another, you know who you should listen to.