The “Ultimate Fighter” bug has apparently bitten another UFC star.
Welterweight Jon Fitch spent time on the 12th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” when he was brought in as a guest coach and training partner to help out close friend and American Kickboxing Academy teammate Josh Koscheck.
While Fitch’s time on the show was brief, it gave him a taste of how the show works and what it’s like to work with a team of young, hungry up and comers. The experience was enough in that short time that he asked UFC president Dana White to consider him as a coach for a future season.
“It would be cool, I’d really like to do it. I actually talked to Dana about it, and told him that I was interested if ever the opportunity came around,” Fitch told MMAWeekly Radio about coaching on the show.
Fitch went out to Las Vegas to help the current crop of fighters train and prepare, and when he had to go back to San Jose, Calif., to get back into his own training camp, he knew that he had the desire to go and coach a team of his own some day.
“Just the week that I got to spend with the guys, it’s hard to give your knowledge and give effort and time to some guys and then have to walk away,” Fitch said. “So I really wanted to keep going back, but I had to get ready for Thiago Alves, so I had to get back to AKA and train.”
That was during filming of the series, which took place several months prior to it airing on Spike TV. Fitch is currently back in camp getting ready for his Feb. 5 showdown against Jake Ellenberger at UFC 126, but with one of the best winning percentages in UFC history, the former Purdue wrestler is never too far away from title contention.
Depending on how things shake out in the next several months in the welterweight title picture, with his teammate, Koscheck, facing Georges St-Pierre and then Jake Shields getting the next shot, Fitch may have to wait a while to battle for the belt, but that doesn’t mean he won’t try other avenues like “The Ultimate Fighter.”