by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
UFC president Dana White announced at the UFC 98 post-fight press conference that former light heavyweight titleholder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will get the first crack at newly crowned Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida’s belt. Speculation immediately arose whether Jackson and Machida would be coaches on the next season of the Spike TV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter.”
White was asked point blank at the press conference if the coaches for the tenth season of the show had been picked. White confirmed they have been chosen, but wouldn’t divulge any names.
“I’m not going to tell you. We start filming on the first and there’s a media day on like the second or third. All your questions will be answered then,” said White.
Jackson let the cat out of the bag on his Twitter account (twitter.com/rampage4real) late Wednesday night that he was a coach on the upcoming season.
It read, “Packing my stuff to move to Vegas to coach TUF!!”
With Jackson confirming his coaching role, Machida would most likely be the opposing coach.
Jackson became the UFC light heavyweight champion by knocking out Chuck Liddell at UFC 71 in May 2007. He would defend it once against Dan Henderson before losing the title to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86 on July 5, 2008.
Lyoto Machida knocked out Rashad Evans at UFC 98 on May 23 to become the current titleholder.