The UFC looks at TUF not just as a marketing tool but also a kind of farm league. At such a late stage in his career he doesn't have many years left.
With a younger fighter, the UFC can see a return on their investment over the next 10-15 years of that fighters career. What's the point of training a guy in the house, developing and marketing his character if he retires a year later?
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see an MT world champ in the UFC, I just see where they are coming from.
He wouldn't be the first former champ they put in TUF. They put Roy Nelson in there, I think because Dana White was hoping he would get beat and then he wouldn't have to deal with him. I think it would be a good route to go for JWP.
Awesome news for JWP he posted below I guess if he cant crack a UFC birth he can train the UFC champions.
"Was pretty excited about this week but it just got better. Firas Zahabi just sent me message asking me to fly to Canada to help train George St Pierre for his Oct fight ASAP. Sooooooo Pumped. Going to smash some pads this afternoon now!!!"
Remember it is a tv show. They would put Aussie Joe Bugner in there if people are going to watch it.
Originally Posted by Sang