I have not done too much research into it as of this writing, however, in an interview I believe with Keith Hackney, (yes, the one famous for anhilating the nuts of Jo San in early UFC days) Hackey states how he is a large proponent and currently lobbying to try to get UFC, or a version thereof recognized as an official Olympic event. Whether or not this in fact the case is not really the focus of my post...likewise if it becomes a reality, albeit I would be all for it as I have trained for many years and am a huge fight fan.
My question, as my brother and I mulled this over: Suppose this was, or became a reality. Suppose UFC made it to the Olympic Games. Who then, becomes your coaches, and for what specialties, e.g., ranges of combat, stand up, hands, feet, ground, conditioning, etc.?? Keep in mind, it would likely be ineffective and/or counter-productive to have too many coaches all interjecting their own techniques. Just for sanity, perhaps we could limit the coaching team to 5 or 6 personnel. Who then do you like? There are so many good ones, however, as we have witnessed from watching TUF, some are better fighters than coaches. Some of our thoughts were:
1) Conditioning = Billy Rush, maybe Tito Ortiz, maybe Frank Shamrock
2) Ground = Couture, possibly Dan Severn, posibly Frank Shamrock
3) Stand Up = Greg Jackson, possibly a Rufus brother
These are just a few off the top...What are your thoughts?
Keep in mind, as this would be a U.S. team, someone like a Gracie would likely be coaching Team Brazil, not the U.S., similarly for GSP, who would be coaching/fighting for Team Canada, so they would be off limits insofar as Team USA goes.