UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch spoke with MMAWeekly.com recently where he revealed that he has become enamored with the idea of coaching on The Ultimate Fighter ever since he helped his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Josh Koscheck during his stint as a coach on the show.
“It would be cool, I’d really like to do it,” Fitch said of serving as a coach on ‘TUF.’ “I actually talked to Dana about it, and told him that I was interested if ever the opportunity came around.”
Koscheck served opposite UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre in anticipation of their upcoming December title fight, and the week that Fitch spent as an assistant coach to Koscheck’s team was enough to have him wanting to come back to the show in a more significant role.
“Just the week that I got to spend with the guys, it’s hard to give your knowledge and give effort and time to some guys and then have to walk away,” Fitch said. “So I really wanted to keep going back, but I had to get ready for Thiago Alves, so I had to get back to AKA and train.”
Currently on a five-fight winning streak including victories over Thiago Alves, Paulo Thiago, Mike Pierce, Akihiro Gono and Ben Saunders, Fitch is widely acknowledged to hold one of the division’s top spots. Should he make it past Ellenberger this February, he could position himself to be a coach on the show, possibly opposite current number one welterweight contender Jake Shields–if the UFC is willing to jeopardize his contender’s status by pitting him against Fitch.
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