Roy Nelson wants to bring together an MMA ‘supergroup’ of coaches on TUF

Little did we know Roy Nelson was trying to cut through a barricade of red tape trying to get a few select coaches on this upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. Turns out the UFC brass has issues with a few of Roy’s friends, and like angry parent’s have told Roy that he can’t hang out with them as long as he is under their roof (or more specifically on their cameras). There have been no reports of slammed doors or anyone getting grounded, just a confused Roy who is literally collecting a stable of fighters that he wants to help him coach on this season of TUF.

Roy went on MMAWeekly Radio and spilled his gut on the situation. Get it? Spilled his ‘gut’? On to Roy:

“I’m excited. I’m just over here hoping that I can actually bring all my coaches that I want to be my assistant coaches and bring on. I might just have to do it myself. You never know. I don’t (think) they approve of half the people I hang out with,”“Right now I got Mo Lawal cause he’s a great wrestling coach and he helped me out the last time. Then I got Jeff Mayweather, James Johnson, those are just the three main ones that I have so far, and then I’m working on Anthony Brown,”


“It’s about coaching and it’s about these kids. I think I even asked Victor Conte and I think he probably wouldn’t get approved because it’s about cleaning up the sport, and he’s one of those guys that wants to clean it up.”

“The thing is I’m just hoping they get approved because they tend to all stick together, because they know how it works. I don’t want them to be treated like Rosa Parks,”

“All I know is they’re the ones that do the casting calls. If this year’s Ultimate Fighter sucks, I’m going to blame them.”

Roy then posted a list of exactly which coaches are ‘allowed’ to be on camera and which aren’t on his official Facebook page. Here they are:

“Here are my assistant/guest coaches the non-UFC coaches will be helping but not on the set because they are black, criminals, white, Olympian, great TV … (disclaimer I have no idea, just opinion)”  “Non-UFC allowed: Muhammed Lawal, Kurt Angle, Victor Conte.”

The ‘allowed’ coaches:

  • Royce Gracie
  • James Johnson
  • Jeff Mayweather
  • George St. Pierre
  • Nick Diaz
  • Nate Diaz
  • Rashad Evans
  • Forrest Griffin
  • Chael Sonnen
  • Jake Shields
  • Gilbert Melendez
  • Martin Kampmann
  • Amir Sadollah
  • Mike Pyle
  • Gray Maynard
  • Ron Frazier
  • Anthony Brown

That’s a supergroup for sure.


Published on July 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm
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