Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje to coach Season 26 of TUF

Season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter will feature No.3 lightweight Eddie Alvarez (28-5-0, 1NC) and No.6 Justin Gaethje (18-0-0) as coaches and 16 female flyweights vying to become the company’s first flyweight champion.

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Longtime fans will remember Season 20, which saw the UFC crown Carla Esparza as its first strawweight champion in a similar format.

The new season starts Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports One.

Alvarez, 33, is a former lightweight champion, while the 28-year-old Gaethje, a former WSOF lightweight champ, made his name in the octagon with an impressive win over Michael Johnson at the TUF 25 Finale July 7.

The official cast is expected to be announced in the following weeks.



Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.


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