With "The Ultimate Fighter 11" now in production, head coach Tito Ortiz today confirmed his assistant coaches:
WEC fighter Rob McCullough;
Veteran trainer and "TUF 3" assistant coach Saul Soliz; and
Brazilian jiu-jitsu/judo black belt Cleber Luciano.
In addition to the coaches, Ortiz said he is reserving a spot on his staff for another type of coach: a public-relations specialist.
Chuck Liddell too has put together his coaching squad for the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter." MMAjunkie.com today confirmed at the "TUF 11" media day that his coaches include:
longtime trainer John Hackleman;
former Olympic gold medalist boxer Howard Davis Jr.;
jiu-jitsu ace Scott Epstein; and
Strikeforce champ Jake Shields.
MMAjunkie.com identified most of Liddell's "TUF 11" coaches in a report earlier this month. Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sammy Henson and rubber-guard guru Eddie Bravo were also candidates for the coaching squad.
Liddell told MMAjunkie.com that he specifically asked UFC president Dana White about Shields, and the UFC boss said he has no problem with the fighter appearing on "TUF." Shields, of course, will use his time on the show to teach Team Liddell while also preparing for an April bout with recent UFC divorcee Dan Henderson.
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