When it was announced at the beginning of this year that recently dethroned UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar would be serving as a coach on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Junior dos Santos, many wondered how the notoriously reclusive fighter would take to the role and an extended stay under the bright lights in Las Vegas.
The six-week long show has been taping for several days now, and UFC president Dana White recently revealed to MMAFighting.com that all has gone swimmingly and Lesnar has so far done nothing but embrace the opportunity to coach the next cast of UFC hopefuls.
“It’s been interesting,” White said. “I’m actually impressed and happy with how competitive they both are and how into it they both are. One of the cool things that happens every season is, guys come on and they totally buy into it and get into it, and end up creating relationships for a lifetime. Brock’s been just like that. In the whole history of the show, I think we’ve only ever had Ken Shamrock come on and not give a s—. I think he’s the only coach that ever came on and didn’t care. Brock’s been good so far.”
White also addressed Roy “Big Country” Nelson’s recently posited conspiracy theory. Nelson has said that he believes Brock Lesnar will walk away from the show mid-season and that either Shane Carwin (based on his planned, currently opponent-less appearance at UFC 131 this June) or Frank Mir will step in as a replacement, to eventually fight dos Santos for the number one contender’s spot. White flat-out denied the existence of such a plan and explained that he and Joe Silva are simply still looking for Carwin’s next opponent.
“There’s no conspiracy,” he said. “We just don’t have anything for Shane right now. We don’t have someone for him yet. It’s funny that people think Brock is going to drop out. Brock’s never dropped out of a fight in his life.”
The Ultimate Fighter 13 will begin airing on March 30th on Spike TV and will feature a cast of fourteen welterweight fighters vying for a shot at a UFC contract with the aid of Lesnar’s and dos Santos’ respective coaching.