Brock Lesnar will coach opposite of Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos on the thirteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
This is surprising considering that Lesnar is an extremely private person outside of the Octagon, and it has been reported that he does not enjoy being away from his home for long periods of time. This is exemplified in the fact that his training camp was built next to his home, and he brought in trainers and training partners instead of him going to a camp.
Also, many critics and pundits felt that Lesnar was done with the UFC and MMA in general after getting dominated by UFC Champion Cain Velasquez. Junior Dos Santos was the number one contender to fight Cain Velasquez until Velasquez had a shoulder injury and had to opt out of their potential fight.
Not only is Lesnar coming back to the UFC, but also he will be fighting one of the best MMA Heavyweights in the world in Junior Dos Santos sometime in June. Lesnar has holes in his striking game as shown in his fights against Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez, and Dos Santos is arguably the best striker in the UFC Heavyweight Division.
Brock Lesnar does not need this exposure in that he is the most popular UFC fighter and figure in MMA. This puts the spotlight on Junior Dos Santos and does a favor for the UFC considering that Lesnar does not need to coach a season of The Ultimate Fighter.
The fight itself is interesting in that it will test Junior Dos Santos against a wrestler while it test Brock Lesnar’s standup. It is also a comeback story with Lesnar while this could be a breakthrough win for Dos Santos.
This will be a very interesting season of The Ultimate Fighter. There is not any real rivalry between the two unlike Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar. However, Lesnar has a personality that makes for great television, and Dos Santos will get the chance to show and sell himself to the casual public.