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A Fix For TUF 9 Is Right Under the UFC’s Nose

(High on the list of the last places you want to see Demian Maia: mounted on top of you.  Photo courtesy of NBC Sports.)

The UFC seems committed to offering the remaining “Ultimate Fighter” coaching spot to the winner of the Rich Franklin-Dan Henderson bout at UFC 93 this weekend, despite the fact that neither of them seem excited about getting the job, least of all Franklin.  That makes for not only an anti-climactic main event (just picture Franklin, if he wins, standing in the Octagon afterwards and making a face like your dad used to when you’d give him a tie for Christmas every year), but it’s also likely to carry over into making the inevitable season-ending coach fight into something of a bore.

The hell of it is, the solution to this problem is right in front of the UFC, and it’s Demian Maia.  He wants a shot at Michael Bisping, and probably wouldn’t mind the low pay and Vegas exile that comes with the coaching job.  What’s more, Bisping can’t seem to stop talking about Maia despite the fact that a fight with him isn’t on the horizon at the moment.  

Just check his comments to the UK’s Telegraph in a story published yesterday:

Rising star Damian Maia [sic], a submission expert with great striking skills, unbeaten in 10 fights, has been making loud noises within Bisping’s earshot.
“I don’t like the sound of those noises, and I will pacify him,” said Bisping. “Damian is a really nice guy, a gentleman and a sportsman. He wants to go as far as he can in this sport.  …A lot of people seem to want to call me out. I don’t want to sound arrogant but they get beaten or knocked out when they come up against me. Damian is a submission expert, but he won’t get me down, and he’ll get knocked out. He’ll just have to get to the back of the queue for now.”

Exactly why Maia, who’s undefeated in his MMA career, should have to wait while Henderson and Franklin fight at light heavyweight to see who will meet Bisping at middleweight, well, that’s unclear to everyone but the UFC brass.  It seems much more compelling to match two up-and-comers like Bisping and Maia against one another, and it also sounds like a more interesting clash of styles.  

Unfortunately, Dana White seems to have already made up his mind to ignore the great potential here and stay the course with his original plan, whether we (or Franklin and Henderson) like it.  That’s just what the TUF series needs.  A season where even the coaches don’t want to be there.

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Herald Foster- January 14, 2009 at 12:08 am
i really think everyone is missing the boat on this and dana is waiting to see how dennis kang does on saturday and thinking about having him start opposite bisbing. if kang wins impressively ill bet a nut of your choice that he will be the other coach.
Peetee- January 13, 2009 at 11:09 pm
If the nation vs. nation theme continues on TUF, why not USA vs. Brazil on Season 10? Then Maia would be a legit coach, or Wandy.
Darwin- January 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm
More Maia is good :D!

less alcohol induced antics on national TV is ALSO good.

(does XARM have a TUF-E-NUF type show? "DESPERATE-E-NUF?")
Kimbo is Crap- January 13, 2009 at 9:58 pm
yeah i was thinking leben. hes gotten better as a fighter lately and i think his loss to bisping was only because leben pressed him the hole time, giving him opprotunities to hit him. if leben just sat back like bisping, it would have been a god-awful boring ass draw all day. either way leben fits the bill. middle weight, american, and got some bad blood with bisping.
Kimbo is Crap- January 13, 2009 at 9:45 pm

step 1: steal underpants

step2: ????

step3: profits.

haha i think thats what you were referencing. good shit.
Goog- January 13, 2009 at 9:36 pm
@ Hal...

Better luck on the auditions this season. I hope you don't have to go to all 8 cities again. Try adding in that pelvic thrust you do on your My Pet Monster.
Ozone- January 13, 2009 at 6:41 pm
Damian Maia "Thats a new way to twist someone...ouch!" the rare end of the surname nickname
Clyde- January 13, 2009 at 4:02 pm
A good rule of thumb is to never bet on the british if it's important. I can only see the US vs UK ultimate fighter going one way. My only hope is that it's not 8 wrestlers from the states grinding out decision wins over british kickboxers.

As for anderson silva vs bisping, I'm going with silva in the 4th (or first if he feels like trying this time) by spontaneous combustion. This is of course in the highly unlikely event of bisping beating Hendo or Ace.
Cangriano- January 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm
Cocky british F***!
Jeremy- January 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm
I know someone who could coach the TUF cast -- Seth Petruzelli
not only does he have KO power but he's into the whole urine and semen eating stuff too.
Creamy CA Roll- January 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm
I got it. The perfect MW to coach opposite Bisping is CB Dollaway. Here's why:

1. He fits the US vs UK theme.
2. He is just as arrogant as Bisping without having achieved much.
3. He doesn't credit his opponents when they clearly beat him.
4. He has a voice that is so irritating that you question being able to watch the show.

Make it happen Dana!
Dana White- January 13, 2009 at 2:58 pm
I love American Idol....I watch it in the nude.
b2tharad- January 13, 2009 at 2:48 pm
Evans actually beat Bisping. It wasnt a draw. Bisping then tucked his tail and moved down to middleweight. I actually hope that Bisping wins the match after the show and then gets a title shot against silva in England just so he can get destroyed in front of his home crowd.
HAL- January 13, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Dude you really are a gigantic homo, American Idol? Come on dude, grow a set.
Hexed- January 13, 2009 at 1:42 pm
It's a shame the UFC doesn't make coaching TUF an attractive opportunity to seasoned fighters.

With TUF being the mainstream golden ticket (and proverbial cash cow), shouldn't they want the best, most talented fighters to WANT to be a part of it?

Shouldn't Dana White figure out a way to make Ace or Hendo want to ASK to coach the show?

In all reality, the answer isn't a difficult one:

1. $$$
2. Other coach is an attractive post-TUF match up (title holder, winner gets shot, etc.)
3. ???
4. Profit
Kyle B- January 13, 2009 at 1:28 pm
Considering that neither Henderson or Franklin really want to coach, they are essentially fighting to see who gets to fight Bisping. There is something inherently wrong with that.
Xrow- January 13, 2009 at 12:55 pm
@ W:

Rich and Dan really lost interest when they found out the marketing theme for the season was changed from "US vs UK" to "Golden Showers vs. Pearl Necklaces"
Old, Bald and Irish- January 13, 2009 at 12:52 pm
@ Piss in my own fruit tray

Dude, I was joking.

Speaking of Leben, he sure does need serious help and I hope he gets it because I do like him as a fighter. That guys got an iron skull.

I'm with ya on Bisping. I dunno what it is, but I don't care for Bisping. He's talented and he's got the record to back it up, but he just doesn't do it for me. I'm really jonesin' to see someone completely knock his block off.

Where's Anderson Silva when ya need him?
machete for hands- January 13, 2009 at 12:49 pm
TUF 9 wont start airing on tv till april
Piss in my own fruit tray- January 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm
OB&I with all due respect no one wants to see that juiced up parollee on TUF or even in the UFC anymore for that matter....I agree with almost all of your posts, and you always have me laughing, but that guy needs serious help....But as much as I hate Leben...I hate Bisping even more....Neither one should be coaching up and comers IMO.
Old, Bald and Irish- January 13, 2009 at 12:37 pm
Why not make it REALLY interesting and stick Chris Leben back in the TUF house and then have him re-fight Bisping!

Chris can show those noobs how to really go crazy!
Dangada Dang- January 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm
The only house that Leben will be going back into is Dr. Drew's "Celebrity" Rehab House.

Count it!!
Ouch! That hurts- January 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm
Demian "The Maia-nac" Maia, yeah, yeah, I know it's close to Sylvia's, but the difference is that Maia doesn't suck!
Goog- January 13, 2009 at 12:24 pm
Damian "Mama" Maia.
The voice in the wilderness- January 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm
Yeah but it was the lay and pray wrestler Rashad, they both sucked in that fight....if he fought Rashad right now he would get his head knocked off his shoulders....As far as a nickname for Maia I think The Gentle Assaisin would be a good name for him. He is always saying that his best win is the one where no one gets hurt...So call him the Gentle Assasin....