Jun 22, 2012; Atlantic City, NJ, USA; Ross Pearson before a featherweight bout against Cub Swanson (not pictured) during UFC on FX at Revel Resort and Casino. Cub Swanson won the fight by technical knockout in the second round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
The UFC has revealed the coaches for the upcoming seasons of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. The first Australian edition of the show will feature Australian fighters competing against British fighters. Naturally Aussie fighter George Sotiropoulos will coach the former and Brit Ross Pearson will coach the latter. The series begins taping in just a few days. UFC boss Dana White announced the coaches last night at the UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman post-fight press conference. The series is being called The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes after the name of the Cricket rivalry between the two nations.
"This is going to be a very interesting dynamic between these two heavyweights," UFC president Dana White said. "They both have huge punching power and great chins, but outside of the octagon, they couldn't be any more different.
"These two have been going at it on social media for a while and don't seem to like each other very much, but they are going to be seeing a lot of each other during this series."
We'll hear from Carwin and Nelson after the jump...'m very excited to get this opportunity. Coaching TUF is something I asked for and really wanted to do," said Shane Carwin. "I see myself being an MMA coach when my own career is over and can't wait to start working with my Grudge Training team to help the next generation of UFC stars achieve their dreams.
"I also asked to coach against Roy Nelson. The fans know how I like to conduct myself both in and out of the Octagon, and I respect every fighter, coach, official and fan in the UFC. But I cannot respect a man like Roy Nelson - because he shows no respect himself. He is a keyboard warrior who doesn't have the guts to talk trash to my face, but now he's going to have to be in the same room, the same gym and finally the same Octagon as me.
"I know I am a better fighter and trainer than he is. I will prove I'm a better trainer in TUF and then, when we fight, I will hit him harder than anyone has ever hit him and teach him some respect."
Las Vegas native Nelson said: "When I found out I was going to be a TUF coach I was like ‘Wow me!' When I found out I was coaching against Shane Carwin I was so happy to get a chance to compete against this guy. As for being in the same room as him, I try not hang out with people that make me feel icky on the inside but, to coach TUF, I will make an exception.
"Shane Carwin can think he is the better fighter and coach, but I will do my best and try to represent the Average Joe and show my team that, with hard work, you can walk away a winner against any fighter."