The UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (16-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) and occasional middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen (28-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) will be the coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 17” on FX.
The coach name releases, as well as an April 27 fight date, today were confirmed by the Los Angeles Times.
With his new coaching duties, Sonnen will no longer fight Forrest Griffin (19-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) at UFC 155 in December.
“TUF 17” filming begins Oct. 29, and the show then debuts on FX in January. The 17th edition of the UFC’s long-running reality series is expected to feature middleweight and light-heavyweight fighters. Open tryouts for the tournament-based competition and show recently drew more than 120 UFC hopefuls.
Jones and Sonnen will serve as head coaches of opposing teams. As with past seasons of “TUF,” their coach-vs.-coach fight will headline a pay-per-view event soon after the series’ 12-week run on FX.