Four greatest coaches in Final Fighter historical past


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30 Nov 2018, 03:25 IST

Chael Sonnen turned out to be a fantastic coach during his stints on TUF
Chael Sonnen turned out to be a unbelievable coach throughout his stints on TUF

One of many keys to the success of The Final Fighter through the years has been the selection of coaches for the truth present. Whereas there have been some exceptions – Season 4, as an illustration, didn’t have coaches – more often than not the 2 coaches chosen are a pair of top-ranked fighters, typically a UFC champion and a possible challenger, and the season is subsequently used to construct a combat between them.

Coaches corresponding to Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones have clearly introduced in viewers to the truth present, however provided that most of the fighters chosen to educate often aren’t skilled in educating lesser fighters, the outcomes we’ve seen have typically been blended.

The likes of Rampage Jackson and Matt Hughes clearly struggled with the job at occasions, whereas others like Shane Carwin had been largely non-entities, preferring to depart the heavy lifting to their very own coaches. A handful of fighters proved to be completely phenomenal within the function, although – and will in all probability take into account a transfer into teaching sooner or later sooner or later.

Right here the Four greatest coaches in TUF historical past.

#1 Matt Serra (Season 6)

Matt Serra did a stellar job as a coach on TUF 6
Matt Serra did a stellar job as a coach on TUF 6

When rivals Matt Serra and Matt Hughes had been chosen as coaches for the sixth season of TUF in 2007, on the face of it the benefit gave the impression to be with Hughes, who had earlier expertise within the function having coached alongside Wealthy Franklin in Season 2 two years prior. Issues didn’t fairly end up that method although, as whereas Hughes ended up with two of his fighters within the match remaining, it was fairly clear that Serra was a superior coach.

Not that Hughes ought to’ve felt too dangerous about that – he didn’t do a nasty job; it was extra that Serra was merely unbelievable. The then-UFC Welterweight champion arguably had a weaker staff on paper – the likes of John Kolosci, Troy Mandaloniz and Richie Hightower clearly weren’t essentially the most pure athletes – however Serra, alongside a staff of coaches which included Ray Longo and Pete Promote, was in a position to get the best possible out of them, a lot to the chagrin of Hughes.

Displaying a relaxed, laid-back manner that had his fighters consuming from the palm of his hand, Serra coached his staff to the purpose the place they gained 6 out of eight fights in opposition to Hughes’s costs – and will’ve gained 7 had Jon Koppenhaver been in a position to end a rear bare choke try on Tommy Speer.

It got here as no shock when Serra truly ended up rising to main fame as a top-level coach alongside Longo shortly after the season had ended – since his stint on TUF he’s skilled many top-level UFC fighters, together with former Middleweight champion Chris Weidman in addition to high-level contenders Aljamain Sterling, Gian Villante and Al Iaquinta.

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