TUF 14 Coaches: Five Options to Choose FromPosted on April 3, 2011, 05:44 AM by Anton Gurevich
Fourteenth Season of The Ultimate Fighter is expected to debut sometime in late summer, as the rumors wildfire about possible coaches is already spreading across the internet. TUF 14 will be the first season featuring lower weight classes, with Bantamweights and Featherweights attending tryouts on March 21st in New Jersey.
Here's a quick look on five leading options for the role of coaches at The Ultimate Fighter Season 14:
Drama Queens Kings
Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping
The Ultimate Fighter franchise is all about controversy and trash talk, and who can bring more drama to "the house" than the trash-talking Kingpins Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping. Thanks to the famous pre-fight campaign against Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen managed to become one of the UFC's biggest stars (or entertainers, if you will), and an always interesting subject of discussion in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. From the other side, Michael Bisping was recently involved (depends on who you are asking) in an embarrassing incident at UFC 127, which gave him a deserved image of UFC's Bad Boy – loved by few, hated by many. Both Sonnen and Bisping already expressed their desire to fight each other, in what could serve as the number one contender fight for the UFC Middleweight title. Fireworks are promised.
Dominick Cruz – Urijah Faber
Despite Dana White's recent comments about Cruz and Faber not being the coaches for TUF 14, it's still the most logical option out there. The rivalry between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber roots back to 2007, when "The Dominator" and "The California Kid" met at WEC 26 for the WEC Featherweight Title. Faber defended his title, and still remains Cruz's only defeat until this day. The situation today is the complete opposite, with Dominick Cruz being the UFC Bantamweight Champion and Urijah Faber the #1 Contender. Both men don't like each other, and definitely have the trash-talking potential to deliver more than enough classical TUF moments.
The Good Guys
Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann
What can be better than having a soft spoken PRIDE legend and the former Marine Crops Captain as TUF coaches? Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann are role models for many fighters, and will surely prove themselves as great coaches. However, the trash talk capabilities are not really there, and "Wandeco" stated not once that he's not interested in fighting the fan favorite in Brian Stann. Still, in my opinion it's a safe assumption that fans would love to see Stann and Wanderlei Silva as coaches, even in expense of the trademark TUF drama.
Shane Carwin – Mir/Nelson Winner
Frank Mir and Roy Nelson already been there done that, while Shane Carwin's personality has the required attributes to deliver high ratings on Spike TV. If successful against Jon Olav Einemo, Shane Carwin's fight against the Mir-Nelson Winner will have a great value in race for the UFC Heavyweight title shot. It's always interesting to see Heavyweights coaching Bantamweights/Featherweights, but that's also could be one of the reasons why Dana White and Co. will look for coaches in lower weight divisions.
Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre
TUF 12 showed Georges St. Pierre is not into trash talk, while Anderson Silva's English could definitely be an obstacle during the season. Both Silva and GSP are two of the greatest fighters in Mixed Martial Arts today, and would surely have a great value as coaches. But in my opinion, fans prefer to see these two inside the Octagon, rather than breaking cardboard doors somewhere in Las Vegas. Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre on TUF is an exciting idea, but on practice, there's definitely a possibility that the fans will get bored to death somewhere in the region of fifth episode.