It looks we have our answer to who Junior dos Santos fights next — Brock Lesnar. I don’t know how they convinced Lesnar to do it, but they’re going to coach TUF 13 before meeting in June. Dana White made the announcement on a conference call earlier today.
After months of speculation and more than a dozen rumored names, UFC president Dana White today announced heavyweight contenders Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos will be coaches on the upcoming 13th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
“The Ultimate Fighter 13” debuts March 30 on Spike TV, and a live finale is slated for June 4. The coaches meet in a season-ending fight in June, possibly at UFC 131 in Toronto.
Contrary to what Kevin Iole said, JDS and Lesnar will not fight for an interim title when they meet this summer but the winner will get an immediate title shot.
Lesnar on TUF will be interesting, but I’m not crazy about the rest of it. Putting Brock Lesnar in a number one contender’s fight after the way CainVelasquez destroyed him is pretty lame. And if Lesnar beats JDS, Velasquez has to fight him in his first title defense? Eh, no thanks. I would rather see Carwin or Mir get that opportunity, but business is business and Brock moves the needle like no one else.
What do you guys think?
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Update: Comments from Dana White via MMA Fighting:
“There were a lot of people we were looking at, and then, boom. Cain Velasquez gets hurt,” White said. “And I was literally driving to work one morning and I said, ‘You know what? This makes sense. Let’s see if we can do this.’ ”
“I’m already prepared mentally – it’s going to be a tough season,” White said. “I deal with Brock in very short spurts. The guy fights two to three times a year, and it’s always tough. It’s going to be an interesting six weeks of filming. … (Brock) is not exactly a happy-go-lucky guy. Who knows what’s going to happen this season. I do know it’s going to be very interesting to see.”
“There was no wheeling and dealing about the WWE,” White said. “I think everybody knows how I feel about that. He’s under contract with me.”