NEWARK, N.J. – UFC president Dana White can keep a secret. He just can't always keep the secret that he has a secret.
Following Saturday's UFC 111 event at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. – the latest blockbuster event for the world's top fight promotion – White dropped some hints.
Soon after telling MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) about his plans for international editions of "The Ultimate Fighter," White said a UFC 113 co-headliner between top contenders Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley could have something extra riding on the line besides a potential title fight with UFC welterweight champion and UFC 111 main-event winner Georges St-Pierre.
"I'm working on something right now that I can't talk to you guys about because I don't have it done yet," White said of the Koscheck-Daley fight, which takes place May 8 at UFC 113 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. "But it has to do with that fight, so we'll see what happens."
White has dropped similar hints in the past, and some of them later proved to involve coaching stints for top UFC stars on "TUF," the UFC and Spike TV's long-running reality series. Later this week, the UFC hosts an open tryout for the show's 12th season, which will feature lightweight and light-heavyweight fighters.
No coaches have been named for the show, but it's been three years since welterweight coaches appeared on the series. (Matt Serra and Matt Hughes coached "TUF 6" in late 2007.)
And while the UFC struggles to find quality opponents for St-Pierre – specifically, opponents the champ hasn't already beaten once before – a three-month weekly run on Spike TV could generate interest in a title defense against either Koscheck (who lost once before to the champ) or Daley (a British fighter who's never faced St-Pierre). If there's one thing "TUF" still does well (besides develop talent), it's building interest in season-ending coach-vs-coach fights.
The potential coaching gigs, though, are just an educated guess. White made no specific reference to the possibility and simply smirked when pressed for details.
In any manner, "TUF 12" is slated to debut in September with a live season finale in December. It follows "TUF 11," which debuts Wednesday following a live broadcast of UFC Fight Night 21.
For the latest on UFC 113 and "The Ultimate Fighter 12," check out the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.