MONTREAL – Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title-holder Georges St-Pierre and the winner of Saturday's UFC 113 co-headliner between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley will serve as coaches on the upcoming 12th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
UFC president Dana White today announced the long-rumored plans prior to the UFC 113 weigh-ins at Montreal's Bell Center.
The Spike TV reality series begins production in a few weeks and debuts in September. The coaches meet in a season-ending title fight, likely in December.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the possibility of the coaching stints in March when White dropped hints about the implications of the Koscheck-Daley fight.
The official announcement comes one day after White confirmed that the Koscheck-Daley winner earns a title shot with St-Pierre, who recently made his fourth consecutive title defense with a lopsided unanimous-decision win over Dan Hardy.
"TUF 12" is a lightweights-only season of the long-running reality show that will be taped in Las Vegas.
St-Pierre (20-2 MMA, 14-2 UFC) was a guest instructor on a special "comeback" fourth season of the show that featured former UFC fighters. Koscheck (14-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) found his way to the UFC via the groundbreaking first season of the show. Daley (23-8-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC), meanwhile, has no past "TUF" ties.
White thinks either contender has a shot to dethrone the champ.
"Every time this kid fights, he gets better and better," White said of Koscheck, who lost a decision to St-Pierre in 2007 soon after the French-Canadian lost his belt. "He started off as a wrestler; he has become a mixed martial artist. Koscheck actually has one of the most exciting highlight reels in the UFC. He is a kid that goes for the finish, whether it's submission, punches, kicks, whatever. He goes for it. I love that about Koscheck."
And Daley, a well-traveled vet who's posted vicious UFC knockouts of Martin Kampmann and Dustin Hazelett, could continue riding the momentum.
"Paul Daley burst on the scene and has been knocking everybody out," White said. "He's got his opportunity now to take out Josh Koscheck."
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