Being great at a sport rarely means you are a great coach. In fact, the highest performers are often not able to teach very well because the same brain types that gives them an advantage in competition (able to be a blank slate who is totally in the moment) makes it hard for them to analyze exactly how that performance is achieved. Most of the top coaches in any sport have substantial playing experience, but rarely made it to the highest professional level or, if they got there, were fairly marginal players. Compare NFL coaches like Sean Payton, Mike Tomlin, and Bill Belicheck (never made it to the pros) to guys like Mike Singletary and Jack Del Rio who had great pro careers.[/quote]
you know what they say: Those who cant do, teach.[/quote]
I wouldn’t say that at all.
A true champ often doesn’t know how precisely all his natural gifts fit together while others spent years finetuning every piece of the puzzle to barely touch the vicinity of the talented some day.
I’ve even found that champions sometimes give ridiculous advice that’s flat out wrong.
Add to all this that fighting attracts mainly bad dudes with shady backgrounds, not sensitive thinkers and you got the dilemma of learning the arts of combat.
And to further disprove that quote, GSP, a true thinking champ, is probably a great coach. I haven’t seen a single episode of the new tuf, so I might be wrong but read some forum-posts.
A talent like Rampage on the other hand -physically and mentally gifted for fighting- was utterly laughable as a teach (that season I’ve seen a few times).
MMA has a huge amount of non shady fighters. And GSP isn’t really coaching he’s advising and letting his coaches coach TUF.