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Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz are Officially Your TUF 15 Coaches

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(I know they’re beautiful, Dominick, but just because you promised to get them on TV doesn’t mean they qualify as assistant coaches.) 

The UFC announced yesterday that the fifteenth season of its reality show, The Ultimate Fighter, will feature current bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and long time rival Urijah Faber as its coaches when it debuts on FX this March.

The pair last met in July at UFC 132, where “The Dominator” earned a unanimous decision nod and evened the score between the two in an exciting back-and-forth battle.Their initial meeting dates back over five years to the glory days of the WEC, where Faber scored a guillotine choke over the current champ within the first two minutes.

Since their UFC 132 Fight of the Night earning brawl, Cruz has scored another unanimous decision win over Demetrious Johnson, whereas Faber recently picked up a second round submission victory at UFC 139 over the man to lose the WEC bantamweight title to Cruz, Brian Bowles.

TUF 15 will feature contestants in both the welterweight and lightweight divisions, and for the first time in the shows history, all fights will be held live. Additionally, MMA Live’s Jon Anik will be taking over as the show’s host.

It will be interesting to see if Cruz can push the buttons of the notoriously laid back Faber, or if the need for reality style drama that plagues the show will be pushed entirely on the competing fighters this time around. Who knows, maybe one of the coaches will play the role of misunderstood heel/uber jackass to boost up ratings. One thing’s for sure, when these two complete the trilogy at the show’s finale, it will definitely be a lot more competitive than Miller/Bisping.


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SnackDaddy- December 8, 2011 at 2:41 am
Unlike the totally made-up rivalry between Miller and Bisping, these guys can't actually stand each other one. It's a bigger personality clash than GSP/Diaz. Gonna be a fun season!
NinjaVanish- December 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm
I didn't say the WEC was full of easy opponents, I said that Faber always got "easiest" opponents to fight, which is absolutely true. Fabers gets a title shot, drops it, beats a middle range guy in his weight class or a guy he has already beaten, then gets another title shot. Mofo apparantly wasn't paying any fucking attention to what I was saying before he posted. Thanks dickwad.
Mofo- December 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm
WEC was NOT full of easy opponents, that's the stupidest thing I've heard all day, from someone who clearly isn't paying attention.
Mofo- December 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm
@NinjaVanish - Uh, what? Everyone he fights is FROM the WEC. He's in the UFC, but he's still fighting WEC dudes! Hello??
He was already falling from the top before the WEC dissolved.
NinjaVanish- December 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm
Its bad enough I have to hear about Faber at almost every UFC event: Lets face it, since he is no longer able to fight easy opponents in the WEC, he is in the middle of the pack. Zuffa needs to get the fucking hint and stop giving this guy unearned title shots. I won't be watching the ultimate fighter next season now, thanks for the heads up CP.
Fried Taco- December 7, 2011 at 11:49 am
Guys, quit spoiling things for those of us who like to wait a day or two to read MMA news!
Ringo- December 7, 2011 at 11:26 am
Condit vs Diaz... that fight sounds pretty cool
Mofo- December 7, 2011 at 11:14 am
Is that a mermaid on the left?
And a cow on the right?
El Guapo- December 7, 2011 at 11:06 am
Introducing CP's new editor in chief... Shotokan!
Ol' green eyes is gonna miss you, Ike Muscle.
MichaelTRJones- December 7, 2011 at 10:59 am
Regarding the photo description, I'm pretty sure Cruz is gay.
Shotokan- December 7, 2011 at 10:53 am
CP you need to be more active with updates! GSP is out of UFC 143 with a torn acl (10 month rehab)... CONDIT vs DIAZ for Interim Belt!
Miles- December 7, 2011 at 10:20 am
why does everyone want heavyweights on TUF? The show sucks when the contestants have no skill or gas tank.
DangadaDang- December 7, 2011 at 9:15 am
Thanks for the catch Irish, it has been a hectic morning.
IrishMMA- December 7, 2011 at 9:11 am
"where Faber scored a scored a guillotine"...nice
Fried Taco- December 7, 2011 at 9:07 am
I was hoping they would be coaching heavyweights. I wonder what the coach's competition will be? Maybe limbo?!?