by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Every season of “The Ultimate Fighter” has brought a different style of coach, and some of the best fighters in the world have taken a turn at the head of a team on the powerhouse reality show. For the first time ever, UFC welterweight champion and arguably pound-for-pound top fighter in the world Georges St-Pierre will take his turn as coach on the next season of the reality show, which starts filming in June.
The Canadian fighter leaves for Las Vegas in a few weeks, and has already started assembling his team of coaches and assistants that will help him along the way with the new season of hopefuls.
The cast of characters to support St-Pierre will be a who’s who list of MMA’s elite, as the champion has consistently surrounded himself with some of the best in the business.
“I’ll take all my coaches, if they want to come, and so far they all want (to),” St-Pierre said when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio. “I’ll also have some people that work with me that nobody knows yet, that aren’t in my corner, but they play a huge role in my career.”
The coaches that people do know will include his own head coach Firas Zahabi, as well as strength and conditioning coach Jonathan Chaimburg. Other coaches like Greg Jackson are sure to make appearances for St-Pierre’s team throughout the season.
St-Pierre also promises some new faces that fans may not recognize, but after the reality show they may very well become household names.
“I have a guy from Paris, France, he’s a champion in Muay Thai, he helps me before every fight, and nobody knows who he is cause he’s not in my corner,” St-Pierre disclosed.
What’s odd is throughout the history of “The Ultimate Fighter” several past champions and legends in the sport have taken a turn coaching on the reality show, but due to timing and other issues St-Pierre will be making his debut with Season 12. The champion says everything worked out perfectly for this season, and plans on putting in a lot of work this year because he has a bout of his own to worry about in the latter part of 2010.
“It’s perfect timing, I’m very happy that it happened right now actually,” said St-Pierre. “It’s going to be a good experience because don’t forget I need to stay in shape as well, I need to train because I’m going to have a fight coming up too soon as well.”
He will face his opposing Season 12 head coach Josh Koscheck in a rematch of the fight St-Pierre won in August 2007. A date for the rematch has yet to be announced, but won’t likely take place until after Season 12 has run its course on television this fall.
One aspect of the show that will surely be showcased will be St-Pierre’s own legendary training techniques that have brought him to the pinnacle of the sport. His training methods are the stuff of legend, and St-Pierre plans on sharing with the next crop of “Ultimate Fighters.”
“It’s going to be the first experience for me. I’m excited because I do things quite differently than most of the fighters, the way I train, so I’m happy,” said St-Pierre. “I’m going to be able to show people how I train, it’s going to be a good experience.”
The Canadian champion will head out to Las Vegas at the beginning of June to start taping, with the debut coming later this year on Spike TV.