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Midnight Mania! Colby Covington trashes Ultimate Fighter (TUF) coaches, Brian Ortega fires back

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Like it or not, the return of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is imminent. The most recent season ended in November 2018, and the unprecedented extended layoff had many assuming that TUF was done for good, replaced by “Contenders Series” and “Looking For A Fight.” However, UFC has since announced otherwise, and the new season will premiere on June 1, 2021 on ESPN+.

Not everyone is excited though. Colby Covington, who was once in talks to be one of the coaches, took the opportunity to criticize the drawing power of Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega — because he, himself, would have of course done much better!

“Yikes,” Covington told James Lynch (via MMA Junkie). “I know Hunter Campbell and Dana White probably had to go behind closed doors and be smacking themselves in the head. You don’t want those two guys as your coaches, as your comeback season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ Those guys are going to make a complete mockery of the show. I mean, there’s just not entertainment factor there, you know?

“Those guys, yeah, they’re decent fighters – but for the little-weights, the little midgets, they don’t sell. There’s no controversy. There’s no drama. There’s no nothing. There’s no storyline. I feel bad for the show. I wish I could’ve come back to the show and give the people what they want.”

Ortega has since replied on Twitter, wondering how he ended up in Covington’s crosshairs but firing back regardless. “Idk why @ColbyCovMMA hating the TUF show was yours bro I didn’t even f*cken want it,” Ortega tweeted. “@GamebredFighter left to fight and you got assed out. My fight fell through and we got the call to get it. I didn’t call anyone bout the show they hit me up. Now I’m glad you ain’t get it B*tch.”

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