Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping frontrunners for TUF 14 CoachesPosted on April 2, 2011, 06:14 PM by Joey Santosus
"The plan from Spike TV and UFC for the next season of Ultimate Fighter, which would air September through December, is to have Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping as coaches to build to a PPV match in December. The winner would likely be in line for the first middleweight title match of 2012."
"Neither UFC nor Spike can publicly announce this due to Sonnen not being licensed in Nevada. ... The decision, rumored for weeks, is controversial and will likely be heavily criticized if it does happen. - Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer (subscription required).
When the UFC revealed that The Ultimate Fighter 14 would feature Bantamweight hopefuls for the first time in the reality show's history, many reasoned that the logical choice of coaches would be the 135-pound champ himself, Dominick Cruz, and his rival, Urijah Faber. However, when UFC President Dana White put the rumor to rest, announcing that Cruz would, instead, make his promotional debut against Faber at UFC 132 in July, fans looked to another high profile rivalry: Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping.
After several months of trading verbal jabs, the fued recently began picking up steam following Bisping's controversial outing against Jorge Rivera in Australia. Chael Sonnen has since released an email that was sent to UFC match-maker Joe Silva, in which he campaigned for a shot at the Brit, while Bisping reciprocated, openly accepting the challenge. If the reports are accurate, viewers could be in for quite a show. So what are are your thoughts on having two of MMA's best bad guys as opposing coaches LowKick'ers?