The new season of TUF is underway. Garbrandt and Dillashaw coaches are in place.

The new season of TUF is underway. Garbrandt and Dillashaw coaches are in place.

Can you believe we are ready for another season of The Ultimate Fighter? After all this time and single handedly saving the sport, TUF continues forward. The mainstream version of the story is that we are entering season 25 of TUF. The reality is, with all the international shows, it’s season 35. The show is supposed to be about the fighters, but we all know it’s really about the coaches. Yes we are watching the new season of TUF because we want to see who wins the ‘Redemption’ tournament. However, watching the dynamic between coaches TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt is very intriguing.

Both Urijah Faber and Duane ‘Bang Ludwig’ posted photos of the coaching staff for each team today. Faber’s Instagram photo shows a group of faces that we have seen many times on TUF before.

From left to right: No-Gi World BJJ Champion, Fabio Prado. MMA legend, Urijah Faber. UFC Bantamweight Champion, Cody Garbrandt. Team Alpha Male boxing coach, Robert Meese. Former UFC fighter and wrestling coach,’Last Call’ Danny Castillo.

Dillashaw’s coaches are equally as impressive.

L to R: Wrestling coach Leister Bowling. Super coach, Duane Ludwig. Former UFC Bantamweight Champion, TJ Dillashaw. Current UFC welterweight, Matt Brown. Former UFC fighter and BJJ coach, Eliott Marshall.

Dillashaw and Garbrandt already began their war of words online, as we’ve written about before. “Snake in the grass.” “I made you cry.” “I knocked you out.”

Again… Yes, there are people on the show who will be in a competition, but addressing the animosity between Garbrandt and Dillashaw is what many people will be tuning in to watch.

Then there’s the much publicized break-up between Urijah Faber’s Team Aplha Male and Duane Ludwig. Both haven’t had too many good things to say about each other since they split a few years ago. Added to that, Dillashaw was Faber’s pupil. TJ left Faber to train under Bang Ludwig. This led to the now famous term “Snake-in-the-Grass”, coined by Conor Mcgregor.

Before any fight even happens between the contestants, we have all these other variables to deal with. I for one, can’t wait to watch it go down.


You’re gonna get hit, you’re gonna get knocked out. You’re gonna feel it, this is the ultimate.