The guessing game continues as to who’s going to be the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter season 13 which begins filming early next year.
Early favorites Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva have now been ruled out by Dana White, while Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir always seemed like a long shot given Lesnar’s desire for privacy away from the cameras.
Now in the wake of last night’s WEC 53 event a new pairing is being pushed into the spotlight. Dominick Cruz officially became the UFC’s first ever bantamweight champion ollowing a dominant five round performance over Scott Jorgensen, appearing to pave the way for a rematch with the only man to defeat him in his career to date, Urijah Faber.
It’s a fight that makes perfect sense – the normally mild-mannered Faber has an intense dislike for Cruz, calling him, “a jerk” and suggesting that the 25 year-old champ has been disrespectful towards him in the past.
Meanwhile Cruz is desperate to avenge that prior loss (which incidentally took place at featherweight) and after his win last night stated that, “I am on another level to Urijah Faber.”
One potential snag in having them coach on TUF is that Cruz had stated before the fight that he would be looking to have surgery on a troublesome hand injury that’s plagued him recently, and could leave him out for as much as 4-6 months. If the opportunity to appear on the long-running show came up, he says he may be willing to postpone it though.
“I would accept it very much, and I’d be stoked, and it would be awesome because I’d get my loss back. With an opportunity like that I might have to deal with the hand again,” Cruz stated.
UFC president Dana White had originally stated that he’d be making a decision on who would coach the season this past Monday, but since then he’s stated he now hopes to finalize it today (Friday).
Timing wise that would appear to fit in with the theory that Cruz Vs Faber could be on the cards, but there could be another twist in the tale still to come.