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Rumor Watch: Chael Sonnen & Michael Bisping Tapped As Likely Coaches For TUF 14

“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.

Meltzer reports:

“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

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mDino- April 4, 2011 at 10:16 am
Karmaatemycat is the biggest hater on this site. drop to 105lbs and maybe youll have a successful mma future.
putty- April 4, 2011 at 8:17 am
No wonder CP is not in the top ten mma websites. Shjt writers.
Fedor Penn- April 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm
Sonnen will destroy Bisping in a one sided decision or a late TKO via GnP. I will enjoy Bisping crying about Sonnen laying on him for 3 rounds, as all Brits do after being exposed over and over for their lack of wrestling. I think they should give Bisping Nate instead but either fight Bisping gets dominated.
ArmFarmer- April 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm
There should be a rule against beltholders and #1 contenders coaching on tuf. If you want to keep shoving your stupid reality show down our throats that's fine, but leave the championship fights out of it. There's no reason to delay title fights for months so you can train noobs that probably won't go anywhere in the sport anyway (stevenson, bonnar, danzig, speers and so on) No other sport does shit like that, it's just stupid.

The last episode of tuf I saw was when page and rashad were coaches.. I just don't care anymore.. but that's just me.
Sopapo- April 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm
I would watch that season. nough said
ExpectJesusBro- April 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Hello all.
Please feel free to critic my spelling and grammar at will. I am new here and would expect no less that the usual internet banter from you foolish potato-ites. but, all that aside. after my initiation beating please notice the part of the article that read's... “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.”

This is just the UFC tossing us hints to look one way, while they pull our shirts over our heads and put in brock lesnar again. I second the Jones vs Evans TUF even though i think theres already enough hype to make an interesting match and not enough time to waste having the belt in a hold pattern any longer...i see the part about a number one contender status being the only plausible outcome of the deal...
KarmaAteMyCat- April 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm
It's okay we get it your a fan of fighters not fights. I gotcha. Thanks for the input.
CaptnJonesy- April 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm
Bisping against Sonnen? Why not just have Tim Sylvia go at it with Cain Velasquez. If they're going to have a returning coach it's going to be Rashad Evans Vs Jon Jones
dim mak- April 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm
Will Sonnen teach them how to defraud people while pinning the crime on their mothers? Will he teach them how to cheat PED tests? Will he demonstrate how to grind out brutally boring decisions? Let's hope this is just a stupid rumor. Chael Sonnen would be a horrible spokesperson for the sport generally and the UFC specifically. I'd refuse to watch.
Clyde- April 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm
@snackdaddy, it's that last point on Bisping's weakness that tips it really. Yes he can wear people down, but if you look how he was hitting Rivera at the end of that fight, Chael's just going to take him down there. If he had that power to just put Chael out with one punch, I'd like his chances a lot better. And as I've said before, that cardio may not look so great after a few minutes on his back getting worked over.

RWR: yeah, hopefully they won't do the US Vs UK thing again.

Chael via unanimous decision is my prediction. And I agree he'll win the shit talking too. Bisping tries to twist the truth, Chael is not limited by such trivial things.
KarmaAteMyCat- April 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm
I just wanna start off by saying that when you consider that we're talking about reality television objectivity goes right out the window. Now when you figure in the fact that you have Chael on one side and Bisping on the other as coach's for the Ultimate fighter rational and objectivity are the farthest things I can possibly use to evaluate this situation. Honestly all the haters posting the I hope Chael and Bisping both get serious injury crap are no better then the two fighters in question. Wishing harm on another individual who has done you or yours no wrong is just plain ignorant so keep that in mind. All hateful shit aside if Bisping wants to beat Chael he is going to have to find himself an American based camp with an amazing wrestling clinic. Now considering that Team Quest is out of the question that leaves two real options Jackson's or Xtreme Couture. Honestly I don't think anyone in the 180 division can avoid Chaels takedowns and I don't see Bisping winning this fight however I sure as hell will be turning on my cable Package for just this occasion.
Oh and Just for haters sake!
Karma OUT!
Badger- April 3, 2011 at 11:58 am
I'm not disappointed with the kinder, gentler Brock. I am disappointed that the guys didn't have to fight in to the house. If they would have had to fight in, the premier episode wouldn't have looked like an open audition for Jersey Shore. They clearly just picked a bunch of douche-b fighters for ratings. While I understand the need for ratings, let's not sacrifice quality fighters for "interesting" fighters. This will be the worst season yet.
k-onda- April 3, 2011 at 11:55 am
I want I want I want - it's like watching two galaxies with no redeemable qualities collide.
SnackDaddy- April 3, 2011 at 11:03 am
All right, let's look at this objectively for a minute.
Bisping has great cardio, probably as good if not better tan Sonnen (or anyone else in the division)
Bisping is a great striker. His boxing is crisp. The guy looks of the Frankie Edgar of the middle weight division and when he settles into his rythem, he's hard to dodge
Bisping has great takedown defence. He hasn't been taken down in his last four fights if i remember correctly.
Bisping is probably almost as strong as a non-roid-taking Sonnen so fighting off his back shouldn't be a problem.
Bisping has decent kicks. He's one of the few guys who does the one-two-three kick, where you attack the calf, then the ribs and then the head, pretty well.
Bispings weakness, which is a pretty big one in my opinion, is he lacks the KO power in his strikes and he has a relatively soft chin. He is more of a rythem fighter than a kockout artist.
Don't underestimate Bisping, this has all the makings of a close fight.
*Sits and weights for the onslaught*
Mdollas- April 3, 2011 at 10:59 am
Garbage article....there were some fights last night? how bout some coverage?
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- April 3, 2011 at 10:59 am
bisping is a B- fighter at best and doesn't deserve to be a TUF coach again. I'm sure most fans will want to see chael go for the belt again.
myklhoey- April 3, 2011 at 10:56 am
if they want ratings, they should have karma ate my cat and sudos kfc coach
ArmFarmer- April 3, 2011 at 10:44 am
Again, let it be known that Bisping has no chance in hell of winning this fight. We already know he can take him down at will, due to that Bisping will be hesitant to throw while Chael has nothing to worry about (like with Anderson), and it's only 15 minutes so he's not going to gas. If you bet on Bisping you are throwing your moeny away.
ArmFarmer- April 3, 2011 at 10:42 am
Bisping has no chance against Chael. None. It's going to put a real damper on all the drama during the reality showing.. knowing without a doubt who's going to win the fight. Probably just going to feel sorry for Bisping the whole time, because he's probably gonna lose the trash talk war too, get all fired up, and then you know he has no chance to win in the cage either. Poor Bispings gettin the short end of the stick on this one, no doubt about it.
Spicymeatball- April 3, 2011 at 10:40 am
Bisping doesn't deserve a title shot.
Komodo- April 3, 2011 at 10:40 am
Good grief.... please let that happen. Sonnen would troll Bisping into another dimension. Could make for some quality fireworks either way come the finale.
LordCoSaX- April 3, 2011 at 10:12 am
Greatest TUF season ever if this happens. Im sure Chael would make a great coach and would access to great guest coaches (randy, maybe forrest maybe shields). Plus the trash talk would be extremely one sided with bisping resoting to squirting water in Chael's face or spitting at him.
Reverend_Clint- April 3, 2011 at 9:45 am
i feel sorry for anyone on bispings team... spitting is all they will learn
BigBalluh- April 3, 2011 at 9:34 am
Well Dino, chael still scams everybody by out wrestling people and getting subbed every other fight
mDino- April 3, 2011 at 9:25 am
all the tuf contestants lose, but both bisping and sonnen get movie roles for their performances.