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TUF Strawweight Contestants React to Pettis and Melendez as Coaches

Carla Esparza, Joanne Calderwood, Felice Herrig and other Ultimate Fighter strawweights react to the naming of Melendez and Pettis as TUF coaches.

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It was big news when it was announced not only did UFC match Bellator's offer for Gilbert Melendez, but he and current lightweight Champ Anthony Pettis would be coaching the strawweights of TUF 20. Here's what those contestants thought:

Carla Esparza... I think she wants Melendez

Paige Van Zant's logical decision

and some general excitement from the rest

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