Two retired legends of the UFC, former light-heavyweight champions Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, have been announced as the coaches for TUF: Latin America Season 3.
Bringing these two fan favorites back in front of the camera seems like a solid idea, though it’s a surprise that they’ve been picked to appear on the Spanish speaking version of the show, which will take place in Argentina, rather than on the main U.S. version.
The two hall-of-famers have been retired for several years, with the 46 year-old Liddell hanging up his gloves in 2010, while the 36 year-old Griffin called time on his career two years later. While the two have agreed to coach the fighters on the show, they won’t be fighting.
TUF Latin America 3 will air on the UFC Fight Pass service and is set to begin filming in the Spring, with the finale taking place on November 5th in Mexico.
“The first Spanish speaking series of the reality show, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, was launched in 2004 reaching an average of seven million viewers per episode in Mexico and millions more viewers around Latin America,” a press statement from the UFC reads. “The second season followed the footsteps of the first with viewership in UFC Network, Chanel 5 and 14 free-to-air networks. For 2016, UFC has recruited talent from all over the region and divided them into two teams: Team Liddell and Team Griffin. Both teams will represent a combination of Latin American countries. The series will also include special guest appearances by additional UFC athletes brought in by both coaches to enrich their team’s training experience.”