Ultimate Fighter 13: Tony Ferguson defends Brock Lesnar's coaching commitment

Sounds like the big man is finally getting a break.

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar wasn't interested in becoming the next coach of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) when promotion president Dana White approached him to lead a team of welterweights to start season 13 earlier this year.

That is, until Dana showed up at his Minnesota compound with a wheelbarrow full of cash.

That left many UFC fans wondering if Lesnar was simply a ratings gimmick and some pundits even speculated he could take Quinton Jackson's title as the worst coach in TUF history.

Not so fast.

Despite a laundry list of complaints from resident crybaby Len Bentley, Team Lesnar quarterfinalist Tony Ferguson tells SB Nation Brock wasn't a bad coach, he just needed a few episodes under the lamp to get warmed up:

You saw last week that Javier Torres from Team dos Santos and Chuck O'Neil from Team Lesnar were our wild card picks. From that point on, Len Bentley just bitched the entire time. I don't know what to make of his injury. He was trying to heal it, but he'd also be limping around on it and moaning, too. Right around this time he also played soccer with the other guys at Junior dos Santos' birthday party, so how bad was it? Maybe it was a day to day thing. I don't know, but I know Brock Lesnar made the right call. Chuck was healthy, a hard worker, talented and lost a close fight. Why wouldn't you bring that guy back?

Len also said coach Lesnar only coached when he was on camera. I disagree. It's hard to deny that Lesnar took a while to get warmed up to the role he was playing. But a few weeks in, Lesnar did a lot. I'd also say Marty Morgan and Erik Paulson were also fully available for help or questions. Think about this: when Len got hurt, the cameras were on him, but that was precisely the moment Lesnar was showing me and Chuck wall walking stuff. So was Lesnar only coaching when the cameras were on him? No, not true.

Ferguson entered TUF 13 riding a three-fight winning streak.

After a busy 2009 fight campaign that saw him go 5-2, "El Cucuy" strung together consecutive technical knockout victories on California's regional circuit. His quarterfinal match-up against Ryan McGillivray is expected to take place in two weeks on episode nine.

And "Coach" Lesnar will be right there by his side.

For our complete TUF 13 recap (episode seven) click here.

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