“I think that was most of our concern, not so much what coach we were picked by,” said Chivichyan of being on the same team with Magakian, adding that the duo wanted to train and push each other and also assure themselves they would not have to fight each other, at least not in the first round of the tournament. “We wanted to be on the same team.”
Koscheck and reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titlist Georges St. Pierre, opposing coaches on the current season, picked their respective teams on the second episode of the season, which leads up to a Dec. 4 live finale in Las Vegas that will feature the “TUF” championship, in which two of the 14 lightweights (155 pounds) on the show compete for a six-figure UFC contract.
“Actually, I was hoping for GSP,” admitted Magakian of his hopes going into the draft.
St. Pierre, who has trained at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym along with the likes of Glendale boxer Vanes Martirosyan, is also Chivichyan’s favorite fighter.
“GSP has always been my pound-for-pound favorite fighter,” Chivichyan said.
Nonetheless, Chivichyan added that he didn’t know how that would relate to coaching and Chivichyan’s biggest concern was getting picked by a team that wanted him.
“I was pretty much more open [to either coach],” he said. “I wanted to be on the team that’s gonna believe in me.”
Leading up to the coaches’ draft, a segment showcased Koscheck going over his top choices with him having written down Magakian as his third choice and Chivichyan as his fourth.
As it turned out, both were picked by Koscheck with Magakian being selected second by the welterweight contender and third overall.