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Team Koscheck his TUF 12 Coaches !!

JKhrome12011-01-28 18:18:48 +0000 #1
Team Kosheck "TUF 12" coaches include Bob Cook, Javier Mendez, Dave Camarillo

by Steven Marrocco and Dann Stupp on May 31, 2010 at 2:05 pm ET

LAS VEGAS – "The Ultimate Fighter 12" coach Josh Koscheck has selected three of his trainers as assistant coaches for the upcoming reality show.

In an interview with ( ) at UFC Fan Expo 2010, the top UFC welterweight contender and "TUF 1" cast member confirmed three mainstays from his gym, the famed American Kickboxing Academy.

The list includes former ISKA kickboxing world champ and AKA owner/head trainer Javier Mendez, one-time UFC fighter and AKA's head MMA trainer "Crazy" Bob Cook, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt/AKA trainer Dave Camarillo.

Koscheck and his assistant coaches begin taping "TUF 12" this week in Las Vegas. The show debuts on Spike TV on Sept. 15, and Koscheck coaches opposite UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. The duo meets in a season-ending title fight sometime in December.

Koscheck, who won his title shot and the "TUF 12" coaching gig with a win over Paul Daley earlier this month, said he'll give fans a reason to tune into the competition-reality series.

"It's going to be a great opportunity for me, my brand (and) the UFC," he said. "I think I bring something different to this show than the previous coaches because it's about personality. I bring a lot of personality with me (and) with my group. I'm super excited."

"TUF 12" is a lightweights-only season of the show. As with past seasons of "TUF," which debuted more than five years ago, the winner earns a UFC contract.

A coaching staff can play a pivotal role in cast members' ability to advance in the 32-slot tournaments.

With Team Koscheck, fighters get decades of experience.

Koscheck, one of the biggest stars to come out of the "TUF" series, was a four-time Division I All-American wrestler at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In his junior year, he went 42-0 and won a national championship. His wrestling experience allowed him to find quick success in MMA, and in large part due to AKA, he's rounded out his game with strong standup skills. With 17 bouts in the UFC, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt is one of the organization's most experienced fighters. His current three-fight win streak includes wins over Frank Trigg, Anthony Johnson and Daley.

Mendez, who's been involved in martial arts for more than 30 years, opened AKA after winning two titles with ISKA, including the light-cruiserweight championship on his 18th birthday. His AKA gym, which opened in the 1980s, has become of combat-sports' most productive facilities and is now home to UFC mainstays such as Koscheck, Mike Swick, Cain Velasquez and Jon Fitch.

Cook, who's 5-0 pro MMA career includes a submission win over Tiki Ghosn at UFC 24, is now the head MMA trainer at AKA. He also manages many of the camp's top MMA fighters and is considered one of the sport's most powerful people.

Camarillo, an elite-level jiu-jitsu and judo competitor, began his training and competition before the term "mixed martial arts" had even been coined. The founder of "Guerrilla jiu jitsu," the Gracie black belt today is seen in many top fighters' corners, including those he trains at AKA.

For the latest on "The Ultimate Fighter 12," stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of

asugar2011-01-28 18:29:17 +0000 #2
100% true fact: GSP will have better coaches.
HISTORY2011-01-28 18:48:18 +0000 #3
Sort of lame we have to postpone GSP outwrestling Koscheck for 5 rounds another few months for this.
Tha Prodigy2011-01-28 19:12:18 +0000 #4

Originally Posted by HISTORY

Sort of lame we have to postpone GSP outwrestling Koscheck for 5 rounds another few months for this.

tw0mey2011-01-28 19:31:08 +0000 #5
Agreed, title holders shouldn't be on the show.



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