The road from “The Ultimate Fighter” has led many competitors to the UFC, while a great many active stars have seen their careers hit new heights while coaching on the reality show.
One person who has been fighting actively in the UFC for almost four years, but didn’t come to the promotion by way of “The Ultimate Fighter” and has yet to coach on the show, is current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
With no coaches named for Season 13 of the reality show, Edgar would be quick to raise his hand in response to UFC president Dana White if he asked, “Do you want to be a (expletive) TUF coach?”
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” Edgar told MMAWeekly Radio. “Definitely push the image out there and everything. I think it would be a pretty cool experience to coach some guys, and try to help out some young guys. Make their dreams come true.”
Edgar has plenty of coaching experience under his belt already. After wrestling at Clarion University, Edgar took a job as an assistant coach at Rutgers University in his home state of New Jersey, and still works there to this day.
“I’m at Rutgers University helping the wrestling team already over there, so I think I’d have a good fit for it,” he said.
The 13th season of the reality show is set to begin taping in early 2011 with episodes to begin airing on Spike TV in March. As the time winds down to taping, White might just have a close eye on the Edgar vs. Maynard UFC 125 match-up with the winner paired opposite Anthony Pettis.
Whether it’s Season 13 or somewhere down the road, Edgar definitely wants to get a shot coaching on the show.
“I’m hoping it does (happen) sooner or later,” he said.
The New Jersey native will finish out his training camp before heading out to Las Vegas for his title defense against Maynard. With a win, he may very well end up coaching on the next season of the reality show.