UFC President Dana White announced at the conclusion of the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter that he would compensate for Tito Ortiz‘ late departure as a coach by aligning Rich Franklin with an all-star ensemble of assistant coaches.
Ortiz had been forced out of his coaching spot on the show due to a recently discovered neck injury that scratched him from an anticipated battle with fellow coach and longtime rival Chuck Liddell at the conclusion of the season, and TUF 11 along with it.
According to the UFC’s official website the trio of assistants that have been brought in to help out with coaching duties for the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter are none other than Forrest Griffin, Tyson Griffin and Gray Maynard.
So who will be the new coaches who will lead McCray into battle?
Former UFC middleweight champion and TUF2 coach Rich Franklin (who will face Liddell at UFC 115 on June 12th) and assistant coaches Forrest Griffin, Gray Maynard, and Tyson Griffin.
All three fighters reside in the Las Vegas area where they train out of Team Xtreme Couture.