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Dana White: The entire TUF house is 'terrified' of one fighter, who 'scares the living s--t out of everyone'

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Chael who? TUF 17 was supposed to make some serious noise thanks to its celebrity coaching staff, but it looks like one up-and-coming fighter is the one doing all the talking ... with his fists.

Scott Cunningham

Well now this is interesting...

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White talked to media members this week (via MMA Fighting) about the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 and surprisingly, his focus wasn't on his celebrity coaching staff.

Instead, it was on a fighter who has the rest of the cast running scared.

"We have a guy on this season of The Ultimate Fighter, every fight he's in, someone goes to the hospital. The whole house is terrified of this guy. F-- terrified. Everybody. I picked this fight, and this guy is lined up with the guy I'm telling you about, and the guy has a nervous breakdown in the house over the weekend. Has a f-- nervous breakdown. Freaks out and has a nervous breakdown. This guy scared the living s--- out of everyone. It's awesome."

Awesome indeed.

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones will coach a team of up-and-coming fighters against recently-promoted title contender (and former middleweight) Chael Sonnen. TUF 17 will make its season premier on Tues., Jan. 22, 2013 at 9 p.m. ET on the FX Channel.

Has the promotion discovered the next big thing?

Stay tuned.