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'Rampage Jackson' & Rashad Evans to Coach TUF 10

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According to MMAJunkie:

The UFC may have just thrown us a curveball.

The upcoming 10th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" will feature former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Rashad Evans as coaches, according to Fighter's Only.

So what about current champ Lyoto Machida?

Jackson confirmed his participation with a Wednesday Twitter message. And according to the report, Evans, who lost his title to Machida at this past weekend's UFC 98 event, will take the other slot.

The UFC, of course, traditionally pits two coaches against each other who then fight at the series' conclusion. However, this upcoming season, which debuts Sept. 16 on Spike TV, will apparently be an exception.

In a post-UFC 98 press conference, UFC President Dana White confirmed Jackson, who defeated Keith Jardine in March at UFC 96, will get the first shot at Machida's title. (According to Machida's official website, the fight will take place in September in Las Vegas.)

That means one coach, Jackson, will fight just as this season of "TUF" debuts.

So this means one of two things, either they'll have Machida sit until after Rashad/Rampage fight at the end of the year...or as Machida's website says, Rampage will fight for the belt in September as the show debuts.  Anyways, this is a bizarre situation and I'm interested to see what Dana has up his sleeve, also if you follow White's twitter, he had Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua in his office yesterday and took a pic (which I'll have to find) and said there's some 'big sh*t going on right now'.  Interesting