UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Dan Hardy are under consideration to be coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 11, according to The Telegraph.
The Ultimate Fighter 11, which will feature middleweight and light heavyweight fighters, will begin filming early next year for an expected April debut and will conclude with a live finale in July. At open tryouts held last month in Los Angeles, veterans Nick Thompson, Bobby Southworth, and Jason Lambert were among those who advanced in their bids to make the cast of the reality series.
With a recent rash of injuries shelving many of the UFC’s headliners from early-2010 action, the news comes as a surprise as it delays St-Pierre’s return against Hardy from March or April to July or later, removing yet another draw from the promotion’s available roster for the first half of next year.
St-Pierre (19-2) is currently riding a six-fight winning streak that includes title defenses over BJ Penn and Thiago Alves in 2009, but has been sidelined since July due to a groin injury suffered in his unanimous decision win over Alves at UFC 100.
Hardy (23-6) earned a shot at St-Pierre on Saturday with a unanimous decision win over Mike Swick at UFC 105, his seventh-straight win and fourth-straight inside the Octagon.