“I believe in Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Shit Talking”
We’re only one episode into TUF Season 13, and some are already disappointed by the kinder, gentler Brock Lesnar. Sure, we say we want the series to focus more on the fights and less on the drama, but a little tension always makes things more fun. Though it’s far too early to call this season a hit or a flop, the latest TUF rumors already have us eagerly anticipating next season.
According to reports from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, noted MMA heels Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping are on deck to tackle coaching duties for season 14 and potentially redefine everything we thought we knew about coaching beef. The likelihood of this pairing hinges largely on the CSAC Ruling and the outcome of Chael’s legal woes.
“The plan from Spike TV and UFC for the next season of Ultimate Fighter, which would air September through December, is to have Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping as coaches to build to a PPV match in December. The winner would likely be in line for the first middleweight title match of 2012.”
“Neither UFC nor Spike can publicly announce this due to Sonnen not being licensed in Nevada. … The decision, rumored for weeks, is controversial and will likely be heavily criticized if it does happen.”
As alluded to in the report, Sonnen’s had his share of legal/ethical problems as of late, but that hasn’t stopped him from angling for a return bout vs. Michael “Spitsping” with his usual flair. Bisping, never one to shy away from a bout of good-old fashioned shit talking, officially threw his hat in the ring with a comment in an Underground thread regarding a training camp photo of Sonnen and Jake Shields: “I think Jail just saw jake shields in the shower and cant take how large his balls were in relation to his..” Game on.
I think it’s fair to say that this season has potential for fireworks. Chael is a trash-talking media whore always eager to get his share of the spotlight. Bisping–who has been down this road before both as a contestant and a coach on The Ultimate Fighter–recently failed to take a ribbing in stride and things got a little out of hand in his match against Jorge Rivera. It’s safe to say that Chael’s barbs will sting much more than Rivera’s song and dance routines. Let’s hope there’s truth to the rumor and Dana puts this powder keg together.
- Chris Colemon