Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir and current UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will be the coaches for the eighth installment of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, Spike TV has announced.
The Ultimate Fighter 8 debuts on September 17th at 10pm ET on Spike TV and will feature lightweight (155-pound) and light heavyweight (205-pound) fighters.
Nogueira and Mir will face off in the main event of a to-be-announced UFC pay-per-view event for the interim heavyweight title.
Nogueira (31-4-1) defeated Heath Herring in his UFC debut in mid-2007 then claimed the UFC’s interim heavyweight belt with a victory over Tim Sylvia in the main event of UFC 81 in February. His only career losses have come at the hands of top ranked fighters Dan Henderson, Josh Barnett, and Fedor Emelianenko. A former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion, Nogueira has never been submitted or knocked out in professional MMA competition.
Mir (11-3) started his career with back-to-back wins then made his UFC debut at UFC 36, defeating Roberto Travern via armbar submission. He next won four of his next five bouts to earn a fight with Tim Sylvia for the vacant heavyweight title. Mir submitted Sylvia with a bone-breaking armbar in just 50-seconds to claim the heavyweight title. After undergoing major surgery to repair career-threatening injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident Mir returned to the UFC, sandwiching a win over Dan Christison between losses to Marcio Cruz and Brandon Vera. Mir returned to championship form in first-round submission wins over Antoni Hardonk at UFC 74 and Brock Lesnar at UFC 81.
Production of “The Ultimate Fighter 8” will begin in May. The entire cast of the show is set to be officially revealed in early-September.
For more on The Ultimate Fighter 8 check out the MMAFrenzy.com rumors section.