According to a report by Dave Meltzer from his F4WOnline.com insider newsletter, there’s more than just a win bonus at stake for former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann when he squares off against former Sengoku middleweight champion Jorge Santiago. He’ll earn a TUF coaching gig opposite Michael Bisping if he has his hand raised Saturday night.
Since Chael Sonnen was knocked out of contention for the coaching slot when he was placed under an indefinite suspension by the California State Athletic Commission, the UFC’s back-up plan is to have Bisping and Stann as opposing coaches. Meltzer didn’t say whether it would be another “Team USA vs. Team UK” show, but it’s a good possibility considering Stann’s status as an All-American hero and Bisping’s as a cocky, spit-slinging Brit.
The question is, since the winner of a planned December Sonnen-Bisping bout was to get the next shot at Anderson Silva, does this mean that Bisping or Stann could get a title shot in the near future?
Now the UFC is jumping the shark.
Fitch hasn’t earned another title shot, so bring in Diaz who hasn’t fought in the UFC in years and give him one. And hey, while you’re at it, Joe Silva, Brian Stann and Michael Bisping haven’t had a shot yet. Why don’t you let them fight for one. Forget rankings and stupid details like that.