The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15: Team Evans vs. Team Jones?
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, who not only won season two of the Spike TV reality show as a heavyweight, but also returned as a coach opposite Quinton Jackson for season 10, "loved" the experience and would "do it again" if the opportunity presented itself.
But as he tells Mirror.co.uk, he's not digging the new live format:
"I loved it. One of the best experiences I had was being a coach on (TUF). If I got the chance to be a coach on the show again, I'd do it. But the difference now is that it's live, which means I'd have to be in training camp too, so I don't know it it would be as fun. I like to have my things when I'm training, the comfort of my home and be able to do the things I like to do. It's kinda hard when you gotta be away for training camp. I don't think I'd wanna do it like that."
The TUF franchise is getting a complete overhaul for next season when it leaves Spike TV for the FX channel as part of the promotion's $100 million network deal with FOX.
Here's what to expect:
13 live episodes airing on the "FX" channel.
Live, two-hour season premier will feature 32 fighters facing off in "all-or-nothing" fights to earn their place on the show.
After coaches pick their teams, they will choose who is eligible for each bout. Viewers can also vote on and influence prospective match-ups.
Each weekly show will be a "countdown" to that week's fight, which will air live at the end of each episode.
Cameras will follow both winners and losers into the locker room following the fights.
The season culminates in an all-live finale to crown the next TUF champion.
Evans would be open to returning, but would you be open to having him? How pumped would you be for a season that paired him off against Jon Jones?
Or the winner of Hendo vs. Shogun?
It would have to be a fight that could be shown on network television -- and that makes a "Suga" vs. "Bones" season unlikely. Then again, never say never.
Anyone have coaches in mind for next season?