We recently published an article suggesting five potential coach pairings for the season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter which is due to start filming in January.
One of our suggested options was GSP Vs Dan Hardy, and according to The Daily Telegraph’s Gareth Davies this may indeed be the next coaches of the popular show.
“The Telegraph also understands that the UFC may be considering offering coaching places to the pair for the next series of The Ultimate Fighter,” Davies wrote. “The irony in that is that Hardy has just bought a flat in his native town of Nottingham with his American girlfriend, who lives in LA and works in the fashion industry, planning to move to the UK. Hardy had spent the last few years living in LA, between returning for training camps.”
Hardy proved to be a worthy winner in his title eliminator against Mike Swick last night at UFC 105 in Manchester, England and was confirmed immediately after the fight as current welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre’s next opponent.
In a poll we ran recently in conjunction with our TUF 11 article to establish who fans wanted to see coach the next series, GSP Vs Dan Hardy came in 2nd place with 22% of the vote from the options provided (Brock Lesnar Vs Frank Mir came in 1st with 35%.)
Under current circumstances with many of the UFC’s top stars injured a coaching double act of GSP Vs Dan Hardy would appear to be a good option for the promotion. Georges St.Pierre is one of the most popular and highly regarded fighters in the sport as was highlighted last night when he received a hero’s reception when he stepped into the cage last night to accept Hardy as the next challenger to his title.
Meanwhile Dan Hardy has quickly proven himself to be one of the UFC’s fastest rising stars, as well as an articulate and outspoken character with a knack for generating hype for his fights, and that will play well on the show.
For the UFC another benefit is that it gives them a perfect platform from which to generate a buzz around a welterweight title fight that has been met with a lukewarm response due to the belief that GSP is too good for the current challengers in his weight class.
We will of course keep you updated with this story if and when it gets confirmed.