All fighters will say “I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me” but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to know who that someone is as soon as possible. Here’s Jason MacDonald blogging about the guesswork behind figuring out who his next opponent is:
Earlier this week, I received word from the UFC that they were working on a fight for me and I should know who I’ll be facing by the end of the week. I’ve been trying to do the process of elimination but I still really don’t know who I’m fighting.
I was thinking Nate Marquardt, we fought on the same night in Atlanta. But I’m thinking they might make Marquardt the coach of the next Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. Obviously, Michael Bisping will be there other one.
As a fighter, you try to sit and figure it out. There are not too many guys out there not already slated to fight someone else. And Joe Silva said they were “working” on a fight for me. But if the guy they have in mind is already under contract, there’s not much “work” involved.
So I’m wondering if it could be someone new. They’ve brought in the higher divisions from the WEC, so hey, you never know; maybe a Paulo Filho matchup.
I’ve already mentioned my opinion on Nate Marquardt as a coach on TUF … if Mir and Big Nog have been ratings poison for TUF thus far, wait till they see how Marquardt would drag them down. But I tried my own process of eliminiation for TUF coaches and I have no idea who the fuck they’re supposed to pick other than Nate.
Actually, when you mention the WEC folding in, perhaps Chael Sonnen would be good? He might be down there or lower than Marquardt on popularity, but he’s proven to be a total cocksucker and that could make things interesting.