Two topics pertaining to UFC have garnered significant recent speculative discussion, and now we have a definitive answer to both, summed up in one announcement:

The coaches for the 13th edition of (UFC’s SPIKE TV reality show) The Ultimate Fighter will be Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos, who will meet at UFC 131 on June 11th to determine the Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion while Cain Velasquez is on the shelf with a shoulder injury.

After no word from Brock Lesnar following a defeat at the hands of Velasquez in late October and an in-crowd staredown between Lesnar and (WWE Superstar) The Undertaker prompting speculation that Lesnar was hoping to return to WWE for a Wrestlemania payday, many were questioning what would become of the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.  Dana White had stated that Brock Lesnar was still under contract to fight for UFC and would not be able to perform for WWE’s flagship pay per view event, but rumors were claiming that Lesnar was looking to avoid entering the octagon in 2011.

The upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature welterweight hopefuls competing for a UFC contract, coached by the two men who will fight to determine who will hold the UFC Heavyweight Championship until Cain Velasquez recovers from his injury.  It will provide a good opportunity for folks to learn more about Junior dos Santos, who is a talented young fighter who has risen from obscurity to defeat veterans including Gabriel Gonzaga, Mirko Cro Cop and Fabricio Werdum, the man who gave Fedor Emelianenko his only loss in nearly 10 years.  It also gives UFC the chance to put Brock Lesnar’s training habits in front of a public already split in their opinion of the former professional wrestler, and from everything I’ve heard, Lesnar’s will to learn and perfect his craft and ability to adapt is his most impressive weapon.