Sonnen vs. Silva on TUF 13? White Says Not Yet, He’s Made No Coaching Decisions

December 9, 2010

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Despite lingering rumors that Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva are going to be the choices to coach “The Ultimate Fighter Season 13,” UFC president Dana White insists no decisions have been made.

Sonnen and Silva have been going back and forth in a war of words on Twitter, and it would seem the pair would be perfect to face off on the reality show and then fight when it’s over.

After his suspension was reduced from one year down to six months in a hearing by the California State Athletic Commission, Sonnen will be allowed to return to fighting as of March 2, 2011, but before that time he can coach on the reality show if the UFC chooses to go with that option.

Still, White hasn’t made that decision as of yet, and with a March 30 date for the show’s debut, the clock is ticking.

“(Sonnen) could coach ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ absolutely. He can’t fight,” White said on Thursday. “But we haven’t talked about coaches. We haven’t talked about it, we’re late.”

White mentioned in Detroit a few weeks back during the UFC 123 weekend that he was going to sit down and start making those decisions soon, but it looks like as of UFC 124 weekend, it’s still up in the air.

Even if Sonnen and Silva are the top choices, White isn’t ready to name anyone on his radar just yet.

“I have not come even anywhere close to picking the coaches of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ yet,” White admitted.

Other names that have been mentioned by fans include former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber, although White said it may be a while before the 135 and 145 pounders make their way as coaches on the reality show.

The show is currently in the casting process with filming expected to begin in early 2011 for the March 30 debut date on Spike TV.