Two down, several hundred combinations to go.
That’s the word from UFC president Dana White, who was once again asked who will coach Season 13 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
“That’s not true,” he declared at a press conference announcing UFC Rio when asked about Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen coaching the reality series.
“We have not picked the coaches of ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ and then there are a lot of people in the running, but no Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen is not true. They are not the coaches of this season.”
Silva is returning from knee surgery, and Sonnen is currently serving a suspension for a positive drug test in California from when he fought Anderson Silva at UFC 117.
There is some heat surrounding the two from a YouTube video where Wanderlei Silva warned Sonnen about his trash talk leading up to the fight with Anderson Silva, especially in regards to the Nogueira brothers. A recent Twitter war between the two increased the friction.
The two would likely make for an entertaining feud on TUF, but White says it won’t happen.
“We’ll probably know by Friday. We’re still talking to guys and figuring it out,” White said in talking about filling the TUF 13 coaching slots. “I started the process on Monday; we should have it done by Friday. We don’t announce it for a while anyway, but I’m working on it.”
The UFC president has also been hesitant to declare Urijah Faber or other top WEC fighters coming into the fold as the next coaches, so the cloud has yet to lift.
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