With record-low ratings, the UFC’s long-running reality series the Ultimate Fighter is in need of a much-needed injection of excitement. Recent seasons, including the current one, have failed to capture the same magic as earlier runs for whatever reason and many fans are wondering if it might be time to retire TUF for some fresh ideas.
Someone who still sees the show as a viable franchise is light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. “Bones” belief in TUF’s remaining potential is so high he’s even willing to attach his name to it, taking the time out of his schedule to serve as a head coach assuming one other factor was in line as well.
“I’d be interested in a TUF season in the future, but it’d take the right opponent,” explained Jones in an interview with ESPN.
A candidate he’s not interested in competing against, however, is Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier who has expressed a desire in the past to step into a spot opposite Jones on TUF even if it meant slimming down to 205 pounds to do so.
“He would want that, wouldn’t he,” asked Jones rhetorically before adding, “He’s a relatively unknown (fighter). I want to do it when the fans are aware of both guys and when it’s spunky and when it raises a lot of viewers. I’m not here to raise his stock.”
Jones is currently sidelined with an arm injury sustained in his win over Vitor Belfort at UFC 152. Comparably, Cormier was left twiddling his thumbs with Strikeforce’s recent cancellation of a November card but is expected to make his final appearance under the promotion’s banner in January before joining the UFC shortly thereafter.
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