The worst kept secret in MMA has finally been unveiled. Dana White has announced that current UFC light heavyweight champion, Quinton Jackson and the Ultimate Fighter 1 season winner, Forrest Griffin will be rival coaches on the upcoming 7th seaon of the Ultimate Fighter.
On the related article on UFC.com it states that the two will square off for the title after the airing of the show. Filming is set to start early January and the show, which will be featuring middleweights, is expected to air in April of 2008.
Having two of the UFC’s most popular fighters as coaches can only serve to create more intrigue and anticipation for this season. Dana White has also promised a shake up of the Ultimate Fighter format which can only help as well.
However this obviously means that the UFC’s most talent rich division’s belt will be on hold until most likely around June or July next year. That will be at least 9 months since it was on the line at UFC 75.
On behalf of the whole MMA community, ugh.