The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced the two coaches who will lead the 13th season of the hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter. This season the two teams will be coached by current number one contender to the UFC Heavyweight title Junior dos Santos and the former champion, Brock Lesnar.
During a media conference call, UFC President Dana White, announced that these two competitors have both agreed to take part in the series. Once the series is over, the competitors will meet in a fight to see which guy will face Cain Velasquez for the UFC title. It was recently confirmed that Velasquez has suffered a torn rotator cuff during his fight against Lesnar this past October. Velasquez is expected to be out for six to eight months.
When the injury was first reported, dos Santos expressed concern over the timing of the injury and implored White to make a matchup for an interim title instead of having to wait for Velasquez to return. However, this fight will not be for the interim title.
This season of the Ultimate Fighter will feature competitors in the welterweight division. Filming is set to begin in late January with the show premiering on Spike television on March 30. The finale for the show will take place on June 4th at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. While no date has been announced for the matchup between the two heavyweight contenders, it was reported by MMAJunkie.com that White expects them to fight at a June UFC pay per view event. At this time, UFC 131 is rumored to take place on June 11th in Vancouver.
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