Speaking to MMATraining.com , former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin dispelled rumors that he had been tapped as a possible coach for season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK. Franklin made it pretty clear that he had no desire to serve as a TUF coach yet again, but would always consider it for the all mighty dollar:
“There’s been rumors and supposedly news that I’m going to be the coach of the next season (of TUF) with a victory over Dan (Henderson), but the UFC hasn’t actually approached me about that or not. I know that they spoke to Dan several months ago about him being a coach, and that was probably well before this fight was planned. But as for me, they haven’t talked to me about it. I actually tried putting a phone call in to Dana himself to ask him about it, and he hasn’t gotten back to me yet. So, I can’t confirm or deny that rumor at this point … I never say never, but it’s not really something that I’m particularly interested in doing again. But with the right incentive, anything can look appealing.”
So does this mean that Dan Henderson will coach the U.S. team regardless of whether or not he beats Franklin in their upcoming light heavyweight bout? It would certainly be a tougher sell to the audience if that were the case, but Franklin seems genuinely burnt out on the coaching idea and Henderson’s personality (which borders on pompous if you know your history) could indeed make for much fresher and more entertaining programming.
Is it actually possible that the UFC is banking on Henderson this time around and not on their once golden boy Franklin? I thought I’d never see the day.