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Bisping and Henderson Rumored as ‘TUF 9′ Coaches

(Will Michael Bisping follow in Forrest Griffin‘s footsteps? Photo courtesy of


Michael Bisping is hot favourite to be named as one of the coaches on the new series of The Ultimate Fighter

The UFC have not yet offered Bisping the coach’s role on TUF 9 because he is scheduled to fight Chris Leben at UFC 89 at the Birmingham National Indoor Arena on October 18.

But SunSport understands Dana White will immediately hand the British star a contract to appear on the show if he overcomes Leben next month.

It is believed Dan Henderson will coach the US team, with the TUF 9 finale featuring him in a clash for the #1 middleweight contender’s spot against Bisping, which could take place in December next year.

As the UFC’s only British star, it makes sense that the TUF 3 winner would be chosen as a coach for the “U.S. vs. U.K.” season of The Ultimate Fighter. But it also makes you wonder who will be picked to lead the British team if Bisping loses to Leben. We’re assuming it would still be Bisping — but then would a fight between him and Hendo really be a #1 contender match? When contacted by MMA Weekly, The Count confirmed that he hadn’t been made an offer yet, but he’d certainly be open to one:

“I saw it all over the internet the other night, U.K. vs. the U.S., I think it’s an amazing idea,” commented Bisping. “I think it might inject a little bit of life into the “Ultimate Fighter”. The “Ultimate Fighter” is a great show, but obviously you know it’s season after season, maybe this can mix it up a little bit. I think it will make some funny goings on in the house as well you know. All to do with the language barrier and the cultural differences and things like that. I think it’s a great idea and I look forward to seeing it.”

If this rumor turns out to be true, the best part about a Bisping vs. Hendo season of TUF is that it doesn’t tie up a championship belt like past seasons of the show have. Anderson Silva would still be free to defend his middleweight title and book light-heavyweight superfights as he pleases. Bisping is already popular enough to challenge for the title, and a win over Dan Henderson would cement his credibility. Unfortunately, there’s the even more likely scenario that Henderson would beat Bisping — and few fans are demanding a Silva/Henderson rematch at this point. Would you rather see Hendo get destroyed again, or Bisping get destroyed for the first time?

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keithly- October 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm
Hendo dominated the first round with silva in case u missed that but got caught because he faded. Henderson will be the one to knock off silva if they give him the rematch.
Smart arse- September 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm
i think Ian Freeman will coach team UK
he was coaching the british team for the IFL
and he did fight Frank Mir at UFC 38 (i think)
TUF Guy- September 21, 2008 at 7:20 pm
Chick on the right has nice little melons.
thekendoll- September 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm
I'm with chefdaddy. The girl on the right should replace Edith.

She reminds me of Barbie. *sigh*
@ Who- September 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm
I agree that bitch is huge! Why doesn't she fight bisping? or leben?.... Hell why not fight them at the same time, she's hungry!
chefdaddy- September 21, 2008 at 11:05 am
and the girl on the right is?????
Dakyn- September 21, 2008 at 9:21 am
@cr_trinity: Loving the Orwellian reference there.

It's off topic but it always makes me laugh how people get so invested in politics and emotionally attach themselves to a specific party. What's even more amusing is how a party claims to be "democratic" or "republican" or "liberal" and then find themselves in the situation where they either have to dedicate themselves to a purely 1 dimensional mode of thinking; I.E. all liberal policies, or contradict their agenda and get slammed for being autonomous logical people and having views which come from a whole array of political stances. (The latter of which can be seen in the British Conservative Party where David Cameron is/was constantly being attacked for being "too left").

In my opinion, and i'm kinda quoting Chris Rock here, anyone who aligns or declares themselves to a political stance, like right, left, liberal, conservative BEFORE they here the issue at hand is a complete idiot.

Back on to topic - There is a language barrier and its not just down to accent/dialect either. American English and British English are too different languages. I study English Language at university and they refer to the different forms of the English language around the globe as "Englishes" Indian, Singaporean, Canadian, American and British English are all different (Indian English has been given the term Hinglish I think). Not to mention some of the British accents and dialects (if you can call the varying use of slang a "dialect"). Pointon's stoke accent is not only ugly as hell but hard for ME to understand and I only live 50 miles from the place!! And for all you American's how've never had the... pleasure of hearing Liverpudlian, Geordie and the Black Country dialects... hah you're in for a big surprise.

I'm really looking forward to Team UK Vrs Team US. I'm hoping it'll give all the American's a reason to show more respect to British fighters and all being well two of my training partners might be appearing in the middleweights.

Bisping is the only logical choice for a coach for Team UK, although I can't see why an American couldn't coach the British team - it's not like its all that serious or that the eventual winner would really prove anything. Which is important to remember lest everyone starts getting all patriotic about it and people start chanting "U.S.A" or wearing Union Jack/St George T-shirts ***shudders***
cr_trinity- September 21, 2008 at 7:43 am
All of you who still believe in the Political Process are dumbasses. Wjy don't you fucks discuss the upcominh North American Union? oh, that's right. Most of y'all live in 6:00 news Land, where extraneous insignificant shit like who coaches one of the worst fucking shows of all time takes up what limited brain capacity that you have.

You don't vote new parties in. You vote the old ones out because you're sick of the corruption. Then you "live" in hope that the same corruption won't be continued by the "New" regime. You have to rely on hyperbole; it's amazing that most people acknowledge the tendency of government to lie, yet doublethink their way pst it when a candidate they are emotionally attached to gives them yet another bag of shit for them to ponder over.

Most of you are complete dumbasses who already enjoy totalitarianism. Enjoy letting down your children, and their children as well Cracker Scum.
w- September 21, 2008 at 6:26 am
UFC Fan, your just an ignorant ass, in all aspects of the word. I'm not voting for Obama, but everytime I read posts on this blog -- you continually come off as a fool with something up his ass.

That just had to be said
Can't we all just get along- September 21, 2008 at 4:08 am
and find out who that chick on the left is ?
UFC fan- September 21, 2008 at 2:34 am
"# tallkitchenbags Says:
September 21st, 2008 at 5:34 pm

a certain portion of the american populace (mostly dumb ass republican sh*tbags that have never traveled) like to think they are the best at everything. they also happen to be so illiterate that they probably won’t understand the british fighters. WAR OBAMA!!!!"

fuck you...obama is trash, his momma was a white hooker who hung out with blacks for drugs and dicks. Obama's father was a piece of shit who would fuck anything and knock it up , and thats what he did to Obamas momma...then left them!
Anyone who thinks they want change so bad they gotta vote Obama is a fucking mental reject.
One good thing about it will be IF his black ass gets elected the black people will see that even with a black president they are not gonna get everything just handed to them still...get a damn job! avote for Obama is a vote for trash bag whores.
MMA FAN- September 21, 2008 at 1:23 am
its hard to imagine cote winning that fight, but i guess a few lucky strikes could make anyone loose. Wont happend thou
The Bloc- September 21, 2008 at 1:15 am
"L Grant Says:
September 21st, 2008 at 11:51 am

Why is everyone counting out Cote?"

LOL i dunno...i like Cote, but somehow i dont see him win this fight and i guess im not the only one. I cant wait to see the betting odds on that fight lol
Me- September 21, 2008 at 1:03 am
I am a portion of the american populace
I am a republican
I have never traveled outside the US (except to Mexico twice)
I do not think that we are the best at everything
I am literate and actually enjoy the british tongue
Obama sucks.
Not a big fan of McCain either
Unsure about Palin, but she seems almost normal (which is good)
shutupandfight- September 21, 2008 at 1:00 am
might be Sinade O'Conner...i dunno.
shutupandfight- September 21, 2008 at 12:56 am
i think it's Michael Bisping.
Who- September 21, 2008 at 12:48 am
who's that girl on the left?

jesus christ- September 20, 2008 at 11:58 pm
bisping gona beat leben like a dog and turn him in to THE CRIPPLE.ufc man suck my fat one u paki bastard all remember yr name and am gona rip fuck outa u and all bispings haters when he beats him down. i can already smell the victory fucking stanks stronger than yr mums fanny man
Bill C.- September 20, 2008 at 11:56 pm
I still think that Hendo has the best chance of beating Silva. He definitely won Round 1 in their first fight. He can definitely hold his own, again. Hendo matches up very well against Silva, and I could see it going differently if they were to fight, again.
Scott Whitt- September 20, 2008 at 11:52 pm
Of course Bisping should be made a coach, he has so many big wins behind him. I guess the next season will be filmed in the UK since that is the only place that Bisping is allowed to appear. I don't know why Dana insist in ramming this guy down everyone's throat. I would rather watch a Houston Alexander wrestling clinic than Bisping.
tallkitchenbags- September 20, 2008 at 11:34 pm
a certain portion of the american populace (mostly dumb ass republican sh*tbags that have never traveled) like to think they are the best at everything. they also happen to be so illiterate that they probably won't understand the british fighters. WAR OBAMA!!!!
hooligun- September 20, 2008 at 10:21 pm
"FACT" lol you twat. Look it up in a dictionary .....
MMA FAN- September 20, 2008 at 9:58 pm
Bisping will get destroyed by leben. FACT
Mythor- September 20, 2008 at 9:54 pm
Considering they added subtitles to about 50% of what Bisping said in TUF3 (and 95% of fellow brit Ross Pointon's utterings) I think Bisping is spot on for thinking there's room for some misunderstandings between the US and UK fighters.
Remember, the UK isn't one homogenous accent, there's some really wild variations. Just like someone from the US's deep south sounds different to a New Yorker.

Whether Bisping coaches them or not, put me down as another person interested in seeing a UK v US series. Though I'll miss the qualification fights of more recent series. Hopefully they'll do something similar, just with UK v UK and US v US fighters. No more pussies getting through to the house, thanks.
Dildo_Slice- September 20, 2008 at 9:01 pm
"Hendo get destroyed again"????
He won the first round in that fight no doubt, and did good in the second until he got caught in the end. Ever since that fight I wanted to see a rematch, I believe he has the style to stop silva.