by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
If rumors stand true, the winner of the upcoming fight between Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck could become the next coach opposite Georges St-Pierre on the twelfth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show.
UFC president Dana White said on Saturday night following the Aldo vs. Faber pay-per-view that the show has already been cast, and filming would begin in about five weeks.
While White’s confirmation about the show rules out rumors that Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields could defect in time to coach on the show, it doesn’t rule out Koscheck or Daley who could be battling for a coaching spot on the show, as well as a possible shot at GSP’s welterweight title.
Daley seemed open to it when speaking about it on Tuesday, although no official offer has been made to him from the UFC.
“I haven’t really heard anything about it, just the same rumors that people have heard on the Internet,” Daley said.
What “The Ultimate Fighter” has proven is that it can create a whole new fan base for fighters and coaches, and as past seasons have shown depending on what’s said, fans can find a new favorite or vilify a fighter for their comments and actions.
British fighter Michael Bisping received a lot of criticism for his time on the show when coaching opposite Dan Henderson during Season 9, but Daley is a whole other animal when it comes to outspoken Brits.
He’s never one to hold his tongue, and he seems like a natural for the television cameras. If he wins, Daley says he’d happily accept an invite to do the show.
“If I get the opportunity, it’s a great opportunity that I’d have to accept,” said Daley. “I’d enjoy it, great exposure, and a chance to get my face out there a bit more.”
And of course a shot at St-Pierre’s welterweight title at the end of the season wouldn’t be a bad bonus either. It remains to be seen if the winner of Koscheck vs. Daley will result in a job as “Ultimate Fighter” coach or not, but May 8 and UFC 113 may be the day everyone finds out.