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Bisping and Henderson Figure Their Fight Will Sell Itself

Last night’s season finale of The Ultimate Fighter ended with each coach telling us exactly what he thinks of the other guy; basically, Dan Henderson thinks Michael Bisping‘s a douchebag, and Bisping thinks Henderson’s time has passed. And maybe they’re both right. But with three weeks left until they face each other at UFC 100, tensions aren’t exactly building. Here’s a highlight from a media conference call held earlier today, via MMA Fanhouse:

"He does like to talk a lot," Henderson said of Bisping, before adding, "I’ve always said that he’s an alright guy and a very good fighter, and a very tough person. Maybe that was something that was the result of some of the things that happened on the show, being together too long. But I don’t dislike him at all. I don’t think calling him a douche bag means I hate him or anything like that."
For his part, Bisping said there were no hard feelings, and that he doesn’t view his UFC 100 fight with Henderson as a grudge match. "I’ve always respected him as a fighter and I respect him as a person," Bisping said of Henderson. "He’s not the first guy to call me a douche bag and I doubt he’ll be the last, so I didn’t lose much sleep over that."

Ortiz/Shamrock it ain’t. If you felt that Team U.S. vs. Team U.K. was one of the least interesting seasons of TUF, blame the coaches. Dan Henderson turned out to be just as deadpan and wooden as we feared he would be, and Michael Bisping — prone to bouts of thin-skinned sensitivity and childish gloating — turned out to be somewhat less likeable than we hoped he would be. Sure, we want to see these two fight, but not any more than we did when the show started.

The dynamics were weird all around this season. House destruction was kept to an absolute minimum. (That’s what we wanted, right?) The intense rivalry between the American and British teams that we were promised only decreased over time, until some guys were literally defecting and others signed shirts to remember each other by. What is this after-school special I-guess-we’re-the-same-after-all bullshit anyway? Only Damarques Johnson seemed to keep his edge. He was also the most insightful and charismatic among the relatively meatheaded Americans, and one of only two fighters in the house who actually looked ready to fight in the UFC, Andre Winner being the other one.

Is that what made this season fall a bit flat? The fact that so few genuine prospects were produced? We didn’t even get a "reality star" type in the vein of Junie Browning. (Not that we need another one.) I know I’m looking forward to the heavyweight circus scheduled for next season — as well as the heat between coaches Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans. But what can be done to pep up seasons 11-14? More established fighters like Roy Nelson and Wes Sims instead of unknown auditioners? A season of women? A rule that the coaches have to hate each other?


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Nippletwist- June 19, 2009 at 1:08 pm
an all female season should def happen, that'd be epic and huge for womens mma
timewaster- June 19, 2009 at 7:25 am
I honestly do not agree with nationalizing the sport where you have UK vs USA or Brazil vs Japan, although it might sell more to viewers but its not good for the sport in a sense MMA is all about the fighters themself. You do not want the mainstream viewers to look at MMA that way.

On the other hand, I like how more mature this show was and the fighters were more professional then those of other seasons. This is the idea that you are trying to market no?
Clyde- June 19, 2009 at 5:17 am
As a brit, I was originally hoping for a complete sweep of the tournament followed by Bisping kicking Hendo's ass (although I realised neither of those was that likeley). But now, all I want is for Hendo so beat the fuck out of the whiny, wrong side of the pennines living cunt.
BackbaconBilly- June 19, 2009 at 3:24 am
I am not a fan of either fighter ,but have grown to dislike Douchebing more and more every show. As for the talent... both teams sucked, nothing remotely stood out as being a potential future threat, hell I don't think I ever saw a fighter actually listen to their coach in any fight. Best thing about this season is that its over and hopefully Dan will lay a beatdown on that Wolf'slair wanker.
Koeikan- June 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm
shrug...I liked Hendo on the show.
Rev_Darren- June 18, 2009 at 8:27 pm
Has there ever been a fight that displayed a better set of butt-chins take place in the octagon?
UFC fan- June 18, 2009 at 4:21 pm
maybe he smelled flowers and vinegar when pisspenis walked by.
Daddy_jeffy- June 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm
C'mon Portland, don't be so douchie.
portland mma- June 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm
douche nozzle isn't so sweet either.
ReDx- June 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm
There are a few ways he could have incorporated douche...

-He could have said he's a giant bag of douches

-He has a high level of douchebaggery
UFC fan- June 18, 2009 at 3:31 pm
I think the best thing to come of this season will be the coaches fight. No one was dominant, no one stood out as the best of the bunch. It just seemed boring. all the pompous flag waving and fake anger towards England, and them to the US is so goofy and boring.
Dante- June 18, 2009 at 3:07 pm
Too bad none of the fighters this season had cardio. If they were able to go three rounds, they had no real talent.

portland mma- June 18, 2009 at 2:57 pm
Roy Nelson has got to be one of the toughest fat asses ever, the dude looks like a fat beast but he's got decent cardio.
Armbreaker- June 18, 2009 at 2:51 pm
Bring on Big County, Kimbo, and the other heavyweights.
ArmFarmer- June 18, 2009 at 2:45 pm
I don't get it.

"This didn't happen which sucked.. but we didn't want that to happen to begin with, this happened which wasn't cool.. but that was what we were hoping for. ect."

If they gave you what you wanted and got rid of the bullshit then why complain? This season was basically what everyone has been asking for. I thought it was just as entertaining as any other season. Not really more entertaining, but just as entertaining and a lot less stupid.
portland mma- June 18, 2009 at 2:44 pm
Dan seemed like such a cool guy, not a really exciting person but he seemed cool as shit. The count on the other hand seemed like, well for lack of a better word a douche bag. He looked like such a fucking idiot when he did that shit to Demarques and every single guy in the room thought it was stupid as shit to do.
Anonymous- June 18, 2009 at 2:36 pm
Sorry, where is this chasm of difference between Ross Pearson and Andre Winner? Andre had a much easier route to the final than Ross, right from the pre-lims to the semis.
Fedor vs. Bas- June 18, 2009 at 2:23 pm
I liked the fact that the season had less "house antics." I would rather see more traning, sparring and fighter personalities than another Junie Borwning.
Roe Jogan- June 18, 2009 at 2:17 pm
They could remove the house situation all together.

Set it up like an actual tournament.

Show each fighters home life and gym life and training up until the fight.

Sorta like they did with GSP/PENN. Documentary style.

That's more interesting to me. I could care less about the high school antics.
Sheps- June 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm
Whoever wrote this article is retarded, this season was by far the most interesting of all the TUF's and Demarqes Johnson was the most "insightful" and "Charismatic".

Are you fucking serious? The guy completly came off as some humorless douchebag who talks way too much shit and is just out right handicapped for trash talking people, literally because they are different.

The guy is about as mature as a 6 year old in a toy store, he comes off as a complete moron. Out of all the fighters, Frank Lester had to be the most fun to watch, at first, sure he was a meat head but by the end they actually showed his human side, wheras De-marques came off as a twat the entire show.
Pingu- June 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm
I loved this season, mainly because the UK vs US deal gave me a reason to give a shit - I was automatically rooting for 8 dudes, and 3 of them are in the finale. Other TUF's where it may as well be 16 random guys, why the hell would I care? Alright, the one with Bisping gave me one dude, but that's it. Liked the format, liked the idea, liked how the Americans got shown up to be, at best, incohesive, liked how Dana recognised pretty fucking early on what the deal was as far as the UK being ahead of the game.
agentsmith- June 18, 2009 at 2:10 pm
Meohfumado is correct, there really is no synonym for "douchebag".
Daddy_jeffy- June 18, 2009 at 2:10 pm
@ Meohfumado

I think Douche Nozzle is a better term, as this is truly the business end. The bag is just an idle receptacle.
sxjohnson- June 18, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Bens, I have to disagree... this season was good. I actually looked forward to each episode because it wasn't a stupid reality circus like last season (which I avoided like the plague because of Junie). I'm glad it was what -I feel- TUF should be: a show about fighters training and fighting and occasionally producing crazy antics from being stuck in a house for 6 weeks with nothing to do. I'm tired of the crazy-drunken bull shicaca. Dudes need to grow the Fk up and show what they are there for: becoming the next UFC contender, not the next fool on "The Soup". There's enough bull shit reality shows as is, let's keep TUF like this season.

I was less than happy to see Kimbo is on next season (along with others I feel are probably only there for the T.V. exposure). Hopefully it's better than I'm expecting it to be.

Meohfumado- June 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm
"For lack of a better term...a douchebag..."

No, no Hendo...there is no better term. Douchebag is a great term in an of itself! That it sums Bisping up so succinctly only makes it more win!