There has been much speculation ever since the UFC absorbed the WEC and its lighter weight classes over who will be the first coaches on The Ultimate Fighter from the bantamweight and featherweight classes.
Courtesy his status as former WEC featherweight champion and posterboy for that promotion, Urijah Faber’s name has remained at the center of discussions around a TUF season focused on the lightest weight fighters. Faber spoke with MMAJunkie.com today about taking a coaching slot on the show, explaining that he is open to it, but that his primary focus is on capturing the UFC bantamweight championship.
“I don’t think so,” Faber said when asked if his upcoming fight with Eddie Wineland would establish one of the coaches for the next season of TUF. “I don’t know what those guys’ criteria is for that, but they seem to change it up a lot, and I haven’t heard anything at all. I feel like this is the shot to get a title shot, which is most important to me. The reality show thing would be great, but my focus is getting that belt.”
“The California Kid” strongly desires a fight against 135lbs. champ Dominick Cruz, whom he has designated as a rival in the division and he told MMAJunkie that coaching on TUF might get in the way of his getting a title shot soon.
“I’d love to coach on the show,” he said. “I think that would put me out until about December. It would be a trade-off, of course, but it’s a great marketing tool, and I think it would be an awesome experience. But again, it depends on what those guys are thinking because I have zero say in it.”
Before he can think of coaching featherweights and bantamweights on The Ultimate Fighter, Faber must deal with Wineland, whom he will meet at UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones on the 19 of this month at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.