A former UFC lightweight champion and a man that made quite a first impression in the Octagon have been recruited to coach TUF.
Eddie Alvarez will be a coach on TUF 26 after all, and he’ll go against former WSOF champ and new UFC title contender Justin Gaethje. UFC president Dana White, who is on the press tour with Conor McGregor for his August fight with Floyd Mayweather, confirmed the info with MMA Fighting’s Luke Thomas:
Dana White confirms to @lthomasnews that Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje will be the next coaches of The Ultimate Fighter. #TLTS pic.twitter.com/PLpGHoh8VX
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) July 13, 2017
The show will be similar to TUF 20 and will kick-start the women’s flyweight division, crowning a champion at the end of the show.
Alvarez (28-5, 1 NC, 3-2, 1 NC UFC) is coming off a No Contest with Dustin Poirier where he landed some illegal elbows on Poirier while he was down. It was expected that they would rematch, and Poirier had called him out for it, but that apparently isn’t happening now.
Gaethje (18-0, 1-0 UFC) made his UFC debut at the TUF 25 Finale, stopping Michael Johnson in a fight of the year candidate.
It was originally thought that Alvarez wouldn’t coach, as fellow UFC lightweight Kevin Lee said on Twitter that he had accepted the TUF coaching position because Alvarez turned it down. Obviously that’s not the case now.