(Dos Santos hanging out in an ice bath talking about how he’s going to knock out Brock Lesnar.)
Today the UFC and Spike TV finally quashed rumors that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (#5 Heavyweight) was fleeing MMA in favor of a big WWE Wrestlemania payday or simply retiring to the solitude of his Minnesota property. Instead, MMA’s biggest draw will serve as a coach on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite top contender Junior Dos Santos (#7).
Lesnar has been off the radar since his TKO loss to current champion Cain Velasquez (#1), and Dos Santos recently expressed his frustration that he might sit out much of the year waiting for a title shot against Velasquez, who is rehabilitating a surgically repaired shoulder. The two will likely meet in a UFC Heavyweight Interim Championship bout or simply in a top contender match; either way, the winner of their TUF season-ending bout gets a healthy Velasquez next.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 will feature welterweights exclusively, and the cast will be revealed one month before the season premiere on March 30.