I got to admit, I didn't watch the first few seasons of TUF, I was an MMA fan, but I wasn't interested in another reality show. I started watching at season 3 simply because I was interested in seeing Ortiz and Shamrock go at it and they hooked me into the show. I was very interested in season 4 when they had fighters that were already known come back and compete for an immediate title shot, after that season, I was hooked. There have been good seasons with great coaches (Tito Ortiz and Frank Mir) and terrible coaches (Rampage), but in the long run it comes down to who the coaches bring in as their trainers.
This season puts Josh Koscheck against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. While I'm not the biggest GSP fan, I do think he is the best welterweight on the planet currently and possibly all time. I was very interested in seeing how he interacted with and coached his group of guys. He started off by writing down the name of a guy he thought Kos would take first on the top of his list, trying to make Kos think he was going to take that guy, essentially giving GSP the top pick even though he picked second. I didn't think it would work, it was too obvious a plan and he was way too obvious when letting Kos see his list. Of course, even though Kos and Bob Cook said it was probably a trick, they fell for it and GSP got the first pick of fighter and got to pick the first fight.
I was very impressed with GSP's coaching style, from saying he's there for the guys on his team because "it's their time," to speaking with the guys philosophically. Now I realize that Spike T.V. can edit the show any way they like, but I truly believe GSP is a really nice guy and realizes that he's already the champ and that these young guys can really benefit from his knowledge. He came off exactly how I felt he would, and I have to admit that I actually started to like him. He seems very genuine and I'm excited to see what he does for these guys the rest of the season!
Kos and his "mindless training" is a different way to train, but if the guys on his team listen and give 100%, it can be an effective way to train. You're going to go hard at the discipline that you are training at that point, and you're not going to think about anything except what you are doing. The only problem I have with this kind of training is that you have to have trust in your guys to be able to put it all together when it's fight time. It also seems like they are going to really focus on wrestling, which at this point in MMA, is a very smart idea. Kos embraces the bad guy image he has and has no problem being "the heel." I think deep down he's a really nice guy that has developed a way for himself to get noticed and in the long run make himself more money than a guy with equal talent that keeps his mouth shut.
So far I feel that Both coaches are going to do a good job. I feel that GSP's "Mr. nice guy" attitude could backfire on him and a few guys may try to walk all over him. I would hope that this wouldn't happen considering what GSP has accomplished, but there's always "that guy" who knows everything. Kos won't get taken advantage of, but he may overtrain his guys, that won't be good when they enter the octagon. Should be a good season, what do you guys think about the coaching?