(And still…the undisputed king…of the pre-fight mean-mug!)
Here’s some good news for those of you who can’t get enough of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s antics: Spike TV may very well agree with you. Fighters Only is passing along a rumor that Rampage is being seriously considered as a coach for season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” mainly because he was “a big hit with Spike TV executives thanks to his charismatic and extrovert nature.” Obviously, this is still in the early planning stages, but it does present a couple logistical challenges for season ten, which is set to begin filming around a month or so from now.
First, if tradition holds true we’d expect to see ‘Page coaching opposite the person he would fight after the show finishes airing. And since he’s next in line for a shot at the light heavyweight strap, that means either season two TUF winner Rashad Evans turns right around after his title defense at UFC 98 and does the six-week show, or else Lyoto Machida gets to confound America with his vague, enigmatic aphorisms for an entire season.
The first option is probably better than the second. Not only is there already some heat behind Rampage vs. Rashad that might make for good reality TV, they’re also both native English speakers. Not that the UFC couldn’t use the chance to put Machida over with the fans if he wins, but there is the distinct possibility that MMA fans might find themselves somehow even more apathetic about him after reading his subtitles every week.
You also have to wonder if Rampage even wants the job as TUF coach. He didn’t seem thrilled about it the first time, but he’d almost have to do it if Dana White asks him to. They’ve been through some stuff together, in case you hadn’t heard.