Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber were seemingly shoe-ins to coach TUF 14 right up until the moment the UFC announced they would fight at UFC 132 this summer. With Cruz and Faber out of the running, everyone that loves the fine art of trash talking started calling for Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping and their inevitable war of words to headline the next season of TUF. Well, according to Dave Meltzer (via BE), the UFC is thinking the same exact thing.
“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.”
Some people may criticize the UFC for putting Sonnen and Bisping in high profile positions following their recent issues, but I have a feeling most TUF fans will rejoice. I didn’t watch it, but from all accounts the TUF 13 season premiere didn’t exactly set anyone’s hair on fire. The show is in desperate need of two professional trash talkers to liven things up, and Sonnen and Spitsping certainly fit that bill.
I personally can’t wait for Bisping to hit Sonnen with his first verbal low blow if you know what I mean. Oh wait, he already did.
Image via Dave Mandel for Sherdog
Update: This idea may not pan out after all. Speaking to MMA Junkie today, Dana White didn’t outright dismiss the idea, but said Chael “has a ton of problems right now” and they “have no idea” who will coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. He may just be downplaying the possibility since Sonnen hasn’t been sentenced yet and would still need to get licensed by the NSAC to coach, but right now it doesn’t sound like we can count on an epic coaching clash between “Jail” Sonnen and Michael “Spitsping.”