I’m disappointed. I’ve been sitting on the sidelines for a while now and I think pretty much everybody can work out that I was hoping to fight Chael Sonnen, and we were waiting to hear if he was going to clear up his personal problems. Obviously today we found out that he’s been indefinitely suspended… It’s a shame for the guy. I really do feel for him. We’re all human beings; we all make mistakes. He’s being punished, and OK, he’s made some very, very bad decisions lately, but no one’s perfect — I’m certainly not perfect — and I feel for the guy. By the sounds of it, he’s stuffed in his career as a realtor and he’s also screwed as an MMA fighter at the moment. He’s an exciting fighter, and I think it’s a shame for him; it’s a shame for mixed martial arts… My manager actually spoke to the UFC about all of this, and I’ve just been waiting on the sidelines waiting for this to clear up. I knew there was a little red tape to go through and today we have the combination of all that. It’s a shame for Chael Sonnen, it’s a shame for the fans, and all in all, a bad turn of events. And for me as well, it was a big opportunity. You know, Chael Sonnen, a fight with him would have been a big deal for me and a No. 1 contender fight, so obviously, I’m disappointed as well, but yeah, I’m not sure what is going to happen now.
— Michael Bisping, via MMA Fighting, reacting to news that Chael Sonnen’s suspension was upheld and will not coach TUF 14
It’s definitely a bummer for Michael Bisping. Chael Sonnen was his first clear cut chance at getting a title shot and that was taken away from him today when the CSAC decided to keep Sonnen on the bench for even longer. Maybe he’ll still get it, but that remains to be seen.
I really have mixed emotions about the whole situation. On one hand, I think Sonnen got what was coming to him. But on the other, the selfish fan in me really would have liked to see Sonnen and Bisping on The Ultimate Fighter. It’s probably about the only thing that could persuade me to watch it again. That coaching pair would have been dynamite.
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