UFC Heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former UFC champion Frank Mir may be the next set of coaches to participate in the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, which is set to feature lightweights and light heavyweights. The potential coaching pair are on the short list of candidates according to MMA Junkie, who contacted a source close to the show following rumors that they had already signed on for the positions.
The casting naturally implies that Mir would be getting a title shot at Nogueira once the eighth season wraps up, though itâ€™s a bit of an odd move on the UFCâ€™s part for a couple of reasons. First, I donâ€™t know how camera-friendly Nogueira will be since his English, while understandable, is not exactly crystal clear. Additionally I am not entirely sold on the idea that Frank Mir is the rightful number one contender at this stage in the game. Not to mention the fact that as far as I know, Mir is still scheduled to fight Justin McCully at UFC 86 in July. Also what ever happened to Vera vs. Werdum deciding the number one contender spot? That almost seemed like a reasonable option.
Any how, while Frank Mir has had a few shining moments in the past, I cannot say that he has already earned his place back at the top of the HW division yet again. Since returning to MMA competition after a debilitating motorcycle accident, Mir would definitively lose to Marcio Cruz, beat Dan Christison, get TKO’d in the first minute by Brandon Vera, and defeat Antoni Hardonk. Mir would go on to submit MMA newcomer Brock Lesnar which was fun to watch, but in my opinion it is simply not enough throw him back into the number one contender spot. Though to be fair, I do think that Mir would make for a solid TUF coach as he has always come off as a sharp guy who I imagine would be a very capable instructor.