by Adam Lawman
Today the UFC announced something that many fans and members of the media had been speculating about for awhile – the coaches for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Previously, during Chael Sonnen’s trial with the California State Athletic Commission, it was revealed that Sonnen as well as Michael Bisping were slated to be the coaches for the fourteenth season of the UFC’s hit television program on Spike. Now, with Sonnen’s career in limbo, the UFC had to make a decision on new coaches.
The UFC made their decision and it was to put Michael Bisping against Jason “Mayhem” Miller. The two will be opposing coaches and will meet up in the Octagon following the airing of their season. That means that Miller’s previously scheduled bout with Aaron Simpson will be scratched to make this all possible.
This sounds like a smart move from the UFC in bringing in two fighters with much appeal. Miller stars as the host of the MTV series “Bully Beatdown” so reality television is right up his alley and with that notoriety he may bring in new viewers who haven’t the seen the show before or just haven’t watched regularly. Bisping is a solid selection due to his previous stint as a coach on season nine of the show as well as being a contestant himself on the third season.
The only thing that feels a little awkward is that record-speaking, Bisping is on another level than Miller. Bisping has won three in a row against some truly game competitors and has only lost three times in his career, all to former UFC or PRIDE champions (Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans). Miller is actually making his second attempt at a career in the UFC after fighting only once before in a loss to Georges St Pierre six years ago. His last two wins came against the aging Kazushi Sakuraba and an unknown Tim Stout.
Still, this looks to be a very interesting choice for coaches that should create some good content for TUF 14.