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Mir and Nogueira Officially Announced As Coaches For Next Season’s TUF


(Guess who’s probably not going to be so easy to catch in a kneebar.)

You heard it here first, even if some of you didn’t believe us. The UFC and Spike TV today officially announced UFC heavyweight champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former title-holder Frank Mir as coaches for season eight of The Ultimate Fighter. Production is scheduled to begin in late May, and the full cast — eight lightweights and eight light heavyweights — is expected to be announced in September.

Of course this means Mir will be the next challenger for the heavyweight strap once the show ends, assuming tradition is any indicator. Since the UFC hasn’t changed much else about the show (aside from, you know, weeding out the “pussies and posers”), it’s reasonable to assume the coach-versus-coach pay-per-view climax will also stay intact.

Some in the MMA media have criticized the decision to name Nogueira, who can be less than electrifying in interviews, and Mir, who has been up and down since returning from a motorcycle injury, as coaches. But as the UFC struggles to develop new talent in the heavyweight division, while simultaneously trying to introduce their soft-spoken Brazilian champion to an American audience, this decision could really help them do both.

Nogueira is no “Rampage” on the microphone, but he does have a wealth of knowledge about MMA and jiu-jitsu, so he could easily be portrayed as the learned veteran who observes much and says little. Kind of like Yoda, but with a better butterfly guard.

As for Mir, he’s likable enough when he shows up in shape and ready to fight. He has excellent jiu-jitsu skills and great agility, so a showdown between Mir and Nogueira has the potential to be an intriguing style matchup.

This also means the heavyweight title will be out of circulation for a while, but considering the state of the division right now that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After the departure of Couture and Sylvia, and with Arlovski rumored to be fleeing for Affliction, the heavyweight class is arguably the UFC’s weakest right now. Taking some time to hype their champion and a number one contender — all while guys like Brock Lesnar, Brandon Vera, and Cain Velasquez get a chance to show what they can do — might be the best move for the UFC going forward.

And if you’re wondering what vindication tastes like, we assure you that it’s so very, very sweet.

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mma- September 2, 2008 at 1:34 am
Wax on wax off daniel san, er I'll still be tuning in
MMA Chump- June 16, 2008 at 11:33 am
Wow, this is a weak decision.
KTFO- May 14, 2008 at 4:47 am
We could sit here and speculate all day about Yoda's guard or his striking or take down defense. Only one thing is for sure, when 800 years old you become, look as good you will not.
Bdizzle- May 12, 2008 at 8:07 pm
I've went down to unlimited striking where Mir teach BJJ at. He's a pretty nice guy and great at instructing. He has one of the Best Muai Thai guys out there in Ken. I am willing to beat he can stand and fight. Lesner is just a huge muscle. Nothing you can do about that.
Jeff- May 12, 2008 at 12:25 pm
I totally called this, a few weeks back I made a comment about Mir's star power being underrated and suggested that the UFC try to make some more money off him.

I like the guy so this is good news.
nick- May 12, 2008 at 12:24 pm
So, the World's most decorated Heavyweight in jiu jitsu versus the fat guy who works security at the fuckin' Bellagio. Sounds like a barn burner.
beatrix- May 12, 2008 at 11:18 am
I like watching Frank commentate for the WEC. He bobbles his head and twitches when he speaks, funny...
Sam- May 12, 2008 at 4:01 am
Now I’m weighing up which is worse.

Getting a shot at the interim UFC heavyweight title after knocking out Mike Kyle and then losing to Paul Buentello or getting a shot at the interim title after submitting a kickboxer with no takedown defense (i refuse to name him) and then submitting a 1-0 wrestler.
tim sylvia's pussy- May 12, 2008 at 3:53 am
i really like this fight they are both 2 of the greatest jiu jitsu fighters in the world. im actually excited for this i think it will be great. probably boring but it should be interesting. my only problem is the heavyweight title is going to be out of circulation for a long fucking time... hopefully by the then dana will sign some talent in that division.
newotnek- May 12, 2008 at 1:57 am
better butterfly guard than Yoda??? Yoda has never even been on his back in a fight. I'd be willing to bet a paycheck Yoda could destroy the 145 class.
Buttflies- May 12, 2008 at 1:52 am
Frank Mir in a title-fight? the guy has no standup skills what so ever. almost got his ass beat by lesnar. the guy is fucking superlame and boring to watch..should have gotten fired instead of a titlefight..
Rob Enderle- May 12, 2008 at 12:47 am
You know what you get for putting crap on a reality TV show?

More crap, except ever more gay because you have those ackward parts where they want you to care about how bobbby was mean to billy who is best friends with brent's ex.

What happened to MMA and fighting?
Only thing missing is the cans... I mean fighters giving each other handjobs at night under that green Big Brother light.

I want to see more Eddie Alvarez Vs Joachim Hansen fights and less blah-blah about some contrived tv garbage. If you want that, go watch WWE.
fightfan- May 11, 2008 at 11:49 pm
This sucks big time!!! Mir to fight for the title??? WTF? I know the HW division is hurting, but what about Vera or Werdum, EITHER of them would DESTROY Mir, Oh, and 1 of them already did and I think Werdum is equally as dangerous, if not more so.

Now we have to wait an year in between HW title fights. TUF has costed us prolonged waits between title fights jsut because ratings are falling thru the toilet and TUF is not what it used to be. Back when there were ONLY 6 UFC events per year...WE NEVER had to wait a year between title fights and there were ONLY 6 per year.....NOW that there are TWICE as many UFC events(almost 12 per year), there should be at least the same if not more title fights....BUt it is the opposite?????

Icant wait for the day that TUF finally throws in the towel because ratigns get so low....It may be at the end of next one because this sounds LAME!!!!! Then maybe we can get back to seeing title defenses
artknow- May 11, 2008 at 11:19 pm
hey skidding, you have the two best heavyweight jiu-jitsu practitionner ever, who are about to clash for UFC title and you're not excited? Seems to me that even if you have Vida Guerra butt-naked in your bed you would sleep all the night dude!
skidding- May 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm
Mir vs. Noguiera doesn't seem like an intriguing match-up. Mir's standup defense doesn't exist anymore, and Noguiera's boxing has only been getting better. I would predict that Nog's game plan would be to keep it standing. I just can't seem to get excited for this HW bout.
BIG CHRIS- May 11, 2008 at 10:29 pm
"like Yoda but with a better butterfly Gaurd" Pretty funny stuff.....This fight has five rounds of boringness written all over it....I know what the UFC could do to spruce up their Heavyweight division...they could sign the best fighters in the heavyweight division and do what it takes as a company to keep your fighters happy.....QUIT letting guys like Arloski walk and do what it takes to make them stick around!!
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