The UFC has announced the format for season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which will feature 16 women’s strawweight fighters who will compete to become the first UFC Women’s Strawweight champion.
While the UFC has announced 11 of the 16 competitors – the remaining five will be decided by tryouts – they have not picked the coaches for the show. Former title contender Liz Carmouche mentioned she would be willing to take the position. There have been arguments that Cat Zingano should be given the spot when she heals up. However, should coaching candidates be limited to women alone?
In the last season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey coached against Miesha Tate. Despite the complaints of drama from fans, both Rousey and Tate were successful in their stints as coaches, with “Cupcake” aiding both fighters on her team to “TUF” glory and Rousey becoming friends with several combatants on her team. I think we could see female coaches down the road, maybe even on a show with all-male cast mates.
As far as “TUF” 20, I’ve heard about whispers of having male coaches for the season. On her Twitter, Tara LaRosa brought up the idea of UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson coaching against John Dodson.
Although Johnson is preoccupied with his title match against Joseph Benavidez, I think “The Magician” could be a great coach on “TUF 20.”
Dodson is the winner of “TUF” 14, which gives him experience of competing on the show. He Dodson also trains at Jackson’s MMA with fighters like Julie Kedzie, Jodie Esquibel, Michelle Waterson. That gives him experience in working with female fighters of different levels of experience and styles of fighting. If he were one of the coaches, he would have the pick of the litter when it came to his coaching staff.
The Magician also has a positive attitude and that could be helpful in a house where fighters might feel isolated from the world because of the lack communication with the outside world during filming.
Dodson could coach against the winner of the Benavidez vs. Johnson title match. Another possible adversary for The Magician could be Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall, who is popular with the fans and trains at Team Oyama, which is the same gym as Carla Esparza. Still, McCall is slated to face Brad Pickett in March 2014 and this could prevent him from coaching on the show.
I’m not trying to say that women shouldn’t coach “TUF 20.” Not at all. This is a different idea that was inspired by LaRosa, who could also be a great coach on the show.
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