The Ultimate Mayhem

Posted: April 6, 2011 by ksteets in MMA, Sports
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While the latest season of the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter has only just begun, there’s been speculation for months about who the two rival coaches will be for season 14. Early speculation was that if Urijah Faber won his fight at UFC 128 vs Eddie Wineland, which he did do, he would get the much hoped for fight against bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz. There is no love lost between the two and they would have made a good choice for coaches for the next season. But after Faber’s win last month it was announced that him and Cruz will face off at UFC 132 on July 2, months before Ultimate Fighter season 14 will even air.

The other rumor floating around was that after his illegal knee and post fight spit attack against Jorge Rivera in Australia, TUF season 3 winner and season 9 coach Michael Bisping had other UFC starts lining up to face him. Chief among them Nate “The Great” Marquardt and a guy that can run his mouth just as well as Bisping can, Chael Sonnen. Bisping has already gone on record with Ariel Helwani in March saying he has absolutely no interest in fighting Marquardt, calling him a steroid cheat and a hypocrite. He was however very interested in a match up with Sonnen.

The problem with having an Ulimate Fighter featuring the two motormouths is that Sonnen is embroiled in his own personal troubles stemming charges in a money laundering scam and a failed drug test from UFC 17. While he has served his UFC imposed suspension, Sonnen still needs to get his fight license back from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which brings us to the next problem. Not only do the fighters need to have license to fight, they need a separate one to coach and executive director of the NSAC spoke with MMA Junkie today and advised them he’s not sure Sonnen would be granted a coaching license OR a fight license. He also went on to say they would take a long look at Bisping deciding if he would be approved to coach. Now what?

"Do you have any testosterone I can borrow?"

Well, let’s assume since it’s only one obstacle Bisping must overcome, he get’s approved for his coaching license and signs on for season 14. Who is his coaching rival and future opponent? Does the answer lie with UFC parent company Zuffa’s recent acquisition, Strikeforce?

On Monday, with an interview with Helwani on The MMA Hour, Strikeforce middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller expressed his desire to jump into the UFC middleweight division. Miller last had a fight in September at Dream 16. He was scheduled to fight Tim Kennedy in March but for reasons he doesn’t know the fight never happened. The Bully Beatdown star hinted that since he doesn’t seem to have the greatest working relationship with the Strikeforce hierarchy, a jump to the UFC and him as a coach would be much better than Sonnen and Bisping. “I’m way more entertaining, and I’ll beat both of those guys up.” he said.

"Tea and scones, Mr. Bisping?"

If I had a vote “Mayhem” would get mine. A Bisping vs. Miller season would be the best tv the UFC ever produced. Miller has the exposure from MTV’s Bully Beatdown and Bisping has been on 2 seasons of TUF already, neither fighter will hesitate to run his mouth and entertain the audience. Not only that, but with Miller’s MTV popularity and more playful nature he could easily play the good guy against Bisping’s villain. Say what you want about “The Count”, but he knows what his role is here in the states. He’ll gladly be the bad guy if that’s what it takes to hype the crowd. 

Now with all this being said, I’m not sure which barriers currently stand in the way of making this happen but since both organization’s are now under one banner I doubt that it’s nothing that can’t be done. C’mon Mr. White. Hook me up.

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