For the second consecutive season of the UFC reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” a Colorado-based mixed martial artist will be a coach.
On Thursday it was confirmed that Justin Gaethje, the talk of the MMA world after last week's UFC debut victory, will coach on season 26 of “TUF,” Luke Thomas of Sirius XM reported.
Gaethje, who trains in Arvada, and Eddie Alvarez will coach the first women's flyweights in the UFC, a new division the promotional organization has opened.
Dana White tells me it's confirmed: Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez are TUF 26 coaches. Shot first episode already.— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) July 13, 2017
The show will crown the first women's flyweight champion and will also be expected to have Alvarez and Gaethje square off in the finale.
However, that wasn't exactly the case for the most recent season. In “TUF: Redemption” coaches T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt were supposed to fight for Garbrandt's bantamweight title. Instead, Garbrandt injured his back while training for the bout and pulled out of the fight.
That fight has yet to be officially rescheduled, though rumors have circulated that the fight will take place later this year.
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Gaethje wrestled at Northern Colorado where he was a two-time NCAA All-American. The lightweight fighter is 18-0 (1-0 in the UFC), fresh off his second-round TKO of Michael Johnson in one of the year's most engaging fights.
Gaethje still lives in Colorado and trains in Arvada under Trevor Wittman at Genesis Training Center.
Dillashaw still trains in Colorado, though he recently said he's been splitting time training in Southern California.
UFC president Dana White told Thomas that the show started filming Wednesday.