FEATURE: 5 'TUF 13' Coach Alternatives
By MATT MOLGAARD
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Now that Cain Velasquez will sit on the shelf for a lengthy period of time while recovering from rotator cuff surgery, Junior dos Santos will have to wait for his title shot. Rather than keep dos Santos on the sidelines awaiting his meeting with Velasquez, he and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar have been tagged as the coaches for the 13th season of The Ultimate Fighter. Given the shift in momentum the heavyweight division received with the news of the injury, itβs a solid choice, despite Lesnarβs general inexperience.
Prior to the official announcement Dana White had expressed interest in a few other matches, including a pairing of Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar as well as Urijah Faber and Miguel Torres. While those ideas were brushed aside, it leaves one to contemplate potential quality coach matchups.
Keeping in mind the importance of skill, fan appeal and personality, I present to you a short list of worthy contenders for the position.
Urijah Faber and Miguel Torres:
This is an idea that should have blossomed into much more for Dana White. Thereβs no better way to truly introduce the lighter fighters to the public than a stint on Spikeβs hit reality show. Both of these men tore through their divisions for years, toppling quality opposition, and doing so in memorable fashion. Both men possess endearing personalities; while Torres possesses the sharper tongue, Faber has already won plenty of fans over with his lighthearted, respectful demeanor. Torres would undoubtedly lean closer to the heel than Faber, but both men would make for excellent T.V.