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BREAKING: Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones named coaches for TUF 17.

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UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen (28-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) will serve as coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 17" on FX.

The coaching assignments, as well as an April 27 fight date, today were confirmed by the Los Angeles Times.

Due to his coaching duties, Sonnen no longer will fight Forrest Griffin (19-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) at UFC 155 in December.

"TUF 17" filming begins Oct. 29, and the show then debuts on FX in January. The 17th edition of the UFC's long-running reality series is expected to feature middleweight and light-heavyweight fighters. Open tryouts for the tournament-based competition and show recently drew more than 120 UFC hopefuls.

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Just like that TUF got interesting again!!

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Posted by BuffaloDave

Just like that TUF got interesting again!!



Sort of. The format still sucks balls.

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Show will be fun. Fight will not. This is desperation on Zuffa's part.

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Posted by emfleek


Posted by BuffaloDave

Just like that TUF got interesting again!!



Sort of. The format still sucks balls.

To be honest, I'm not gonna watch for the format

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I really wish he would fight Forrest first, just to have a LHW fight under his belt.

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Posted by airkerma

I really wish he would fight Forrest first, just to have a LHW fight under his belt.



...and just to watch Forrest lose.

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April 27th... My birthday LOL. Guess I'll be staying up till 6am on the 28th watching the fights...

But still I don't believe this is true...

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God this is dumb

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Posted by Goatenstein

Show will be fun. Fight will not. This is desperation on Zuffa's part.



Exactly how I feel.

Chael will make it entertaining because that's what he does. But from a sporting perspective it doesn't make any sense.

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Posted by postman

God this is dumb


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Posted by Goatenstein

Show will be fun. Fight will not. This is desperation on Zuffa's part.



Exactly how I feel.

Chael will make it entertaining because that's what he does. But from a sporting perspective it doesn't make any sense.



We all just watched Silva vs. Bonnar clearly the UFC gave up on making sense

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I'm very interested in Chael on tuf.

The fight, not so much. You never know in mma though. If Jones ends up on his back the majority of this fight he could very well lose. I think the match up is a nightmare for him stylistically but who would have predicted a Serra knockout over GSP or a Gonzaga head kick over Cro Cop?

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Since when has the UFC banked on the logical choice for challenges? Joe Silva has ALWAYS banked on the most entertaining fights that fans want to see, not what the logical next in line choice should be, and Joe Silva is basically a god amongst men when it comes to MMA matchmaking; the man is unparallelled. The heat generated by Chael pushing for this fight, and by Jon refusing to take the challenge, there is instant bad blood, and a contest that people want to see. If Jones handles this right, he can squash the bad blood between he, the UFC and the fans. This is a great choice for redemption for the UFC, Chael and Jones. I think it's a brilliant choice.

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This fight made absolutely no sense to me before and makes absolutely no sense to me now. That being said I will tune in to watch Jones destroy Sonnen because simply Chael doesn't have the tools needed to beat Jon

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