UFC President Dana White announced on Thursday that former light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans will serve as coaches on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, which debuts on September 16th on Spike TV following UFC Fight Night 19.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 will feature 16 heavyweights, a weight class not featured on the show since its second season in 2005. Unlike recent seasons, just one weight class will be featured on the show and the fighters won’t have to win a preliminary bout to earn their place in the Ultimate Fighter house.
Both coaches have prior experience with the reality series, with Jackson serving as a coach opposite Forrest Griffin on season seven, while Evans won the heavyweight tournament on the second season.
Taping for the series begins in early-June and lasts until mid-July, with the tournament finalists meeting at the December 5th live finale in Las Vegas.
Despite being offered an immediate opportunity to reclaim his title in a bout against light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, “Rampage” has instead opted to fight Evans, likely at the UFC’s year-end show in late-December, with the winner then squaring off with Machida for the belt.