Everyone knows by now that Daniel Cormier will be going up to challenge Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title, if you were one of the few who didn’t, we hope you were sitting down. The gigantic fight will culminate after the 27th season of The Ultimate Fighter, which will feature undefeated prospects in the featherweight and lightweight divisions. Cormier and Miocic’s official teams have already been announced, but as any previous viewer of the show knows, there are always a few guest coaches. Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold may just be one of them.
Spoke to @LukeRockhold, who leaves for Perth tomorrow. Told me Javier Mendez and Bob Cook will be in his corner at 221, and he expects he’ll appear on TUF at some point for DC. Still very much Team AKA, in addition to coaches Henri Hooft and Greg Jones.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 1, 2018
For anyone questioning Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold’s bromance, let the doubts be laid to rest. Now that Rockhold is expected to appear, can we get our hopes up that Khabib Nurmagomedov could show up to teach some Smash 101 to the new recruits? Fingers and toes are crossed that goes down.
Daniel Cormier’s team will be sporting the orange jerseys and features Javier Mendez, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Deron Winn, Bob Cook, Rosendo Sanchez, and Leandro Vieira. While Stipe Miocic’s team will wear navy and bring along Bob Kaleal, UFC’s James Krause, GLORY kickboxing/ACB’s Chris Camozzi, and Dustin Jacoby. Below is the full list of contestants and their weight class.
Thailand Clark – 7-0 | 28 | Fort Worth, Texas
Joe Giannetti – 6-0 | 22 | Norwell, Mass.
John Gunther – 6-0 | 32 | Cleveland, Ohio
José Martinez Jr.– 4-0 | 27 | Lorain, Ohio
Luis Peña – 4-0 | 24 | Hillsboro, Miss. by way of Naples, Italy
Richie Smullen – 3-0-1 | 26 | Arklow, Ireland
Mike Trizano – 6-0 | 25 | Ramsey, N.J.
Allan Zuniga – 13-0 | 25 | San Miguel, Costa Rica
Jay Cucciniello – 8-0 | 31 | Malaga, Spain by way of Dublin, Ireland
Tyler Diamond – 9-0 | 26 | Oroville, Calif.
Brad Katona – 6-0 | 25 | Dublin, Ireland by way of Winnipeg, Canada
Bryce Mitchell – 9-0 | 23 | Cabot, Ark.
Suman Mokhtarian – 8-0 | 25 | Sydney, Australia
Dulani Perry – 4-0 | 31 | Houston, Texas
Kyler Phillips – 5-0 | 22 | Surprise, Ariz.
Ricky Steele – 5-0 | 29 | Boise, Ida.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/2/2018.