After featuring bantamweights Urijah Faber-Dominick Cruz as coaches on TUF 15, the UFC has decided to head to the opposite end of the scale-oriented spectrum by booking heavyweights Roy Nelson–Shane Carwin to head teams on the upcoming season of the long-running reality series. Nelson and Carwin, who have a small personal score to settle based on some online trash-talk, will also meet in a match-up after the show concludes assuming all goes as planned.
The UFC confirmed the pair as coaches earlier today in an official press release. The season starts taping in August and will feature welterweights.
“Coaching TUF is something I asked for and really wanted to do. 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,” explained Carwin before turning talk towards his opposing coach.
“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,” Carwin steamed. “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.”
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MMATraining Take: I would have personally preferred a “Comeback” season with Stephan Bonnar-Forrest Griffin as coaches but I suppose Carwin-Nelson will work. However, I expect ratings to be fairly atrocious since neither guy is a household name.