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TUF 14: Team Mayhem vs. Team 209 — Why It Has to Happen

By CagePotato contributor Jason Moles

Fans have been clamoring for the UFC to announce the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 14 since the featherweight/bantamweight season was announced earlier this month. Many would argue that after Urijah Faber’s dominant performance over Eddie Wineland in his UFC debut, it’s a foregone conclusion that he will face off against arch-rival and current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Others have suggested recently that it would be a missed opportunity if Zuffa drafts anyone other than newly crowned UFC light-heavyweight champ Jon “Bones” Jones and “Suga” Rashad Evans. Those are both excellent choices, but that’s not what we really want to see, now is it?

The best matchup is one in which the built-in marketing would compel the most casual of fans to tune in to Spike on Wednesday nights. Ever since Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller uttered the fateful words “Where’s my rematch, buddy?” to Cesar Gracie fighter Jake Shields on live television (as Gus Johnson so infamously reminded us), you can’t mention him and not automatically think of Nick Diaz. The Stockton native repping the 209 essentially jumped the Bully Beatdown host in what many consider the largest black mark on our sport. It didn’t stop there either.

Countless interviews and appearances over the past year have prompted the same question: “When are you two going to settle this in the cage and fight?” Add in a few YouTube videos on top of an epic custom t-shirt and you have yourself a nice little beef. Wait, there’s more! I would be remiss if I forgot to remind you of the time Diaz hurled a water bottle at Miller’s head backstage at a Strikeforce event. The aforementioned is all prelude that demands a culmination in the cage.

An organic dislike for one another makes Miller and Diaz the perfect couple to share the screen. Fireworks will go off every time these two are in the same building, let alone the same gym, which brings me to my next point. Ratings.

The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights aired during the reality show’s tenth season. The ratings jumped off the charts compared to the first nine seasons for one reason and one reason alone: Kimbo Slice. When it was all said and done, the success was attributed to the YouTube sensation with a beard longer than his MMA record. Fans tuned in week after week in anticipation that they’d catch a glimpse of Kimbo fighting, whether in the Octagon or in the backyard. Kimbo had a certain X-factor, a mystique if you will, that drew in fans.

Fast forward a couple seasons later and TUF ratings have fallen back to Earth. Spike execs can’t be thrilled to have retained so few season 10 fans. They need to somehow re-create the magic, hype, and fan interest that appears to have gone by the wayside for the UFC’s Trojan Horse into mainstream acceptance. They need a little ‘Mayhem’ to bolster the ratings and inject life into an otherwise stale show that is showing the early signs of terminal illness. Miller’s experience hosting a show on MTV makes him a natural on the camera, his black belt in BJJ makes him a natural on the ground.

Diaz is a loose cannon that has not let love of horticulture hold him back. With the Strikeforce welterweight strap in tow, middle fingers in the air, and perpetual mean mug, fans are sure to be entertained if only by the weird $&#@ that comes out of his mouth. The guy who’s responsible for bleeping words should demand a raise in advance.

Above all, the reason Dana needs to choose Jason Miler and Nick Diaz as the next coaches for The Ultimate Fighter is because it’s what the fans want. You show me a guy who says otherwise and I’ll show you a guy who thinks an Americana is a drink at Starbucks. Sure, the fans who think they’re hardcore because they were around for the WEC PPV or remember when Rashad Evans and Jon Jones trained together at Jackson’s might disagree. Don’t pay attention to them. They’re still waiting for mommy to give them their allowance so they can go buy the newest Gatorade even though it tastes like crap — but GSP is on the commercial so it must be good.

I can hear the trolls now whining about Strikeforce fighters staying put and TUF being a UFC product. I’m of the opinion that ‘business as usual’ doesn’t have to mean that you continue to let Strikeforce suck balls. If we must get all ticky-tacky on the details, then make a reality show on Showtime. Miller and Diaz can coach all of the guys on the Challenger cards. Winner gets to be on an event people actually care about — Bellator. I kid, but in all seriousness, I think I speak on behalf of all MMA fans when I say I don’t care how in the Hell they get these two guys in the cage as long as they do.

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ktronics- March 25, 2011 at 12:20 am
@Clyde NICE!

While the idea is AMAZING and Mayhem is tailor made for TUF I just don't think that Diaz would ever be able to commit to it. Jones/Evans presents its own problems. I really think the UFC wants to push Jones and keeping him on the shelf for too long isn't smart. Given how he looked against Shogun.... toss him in soon against a recovering Rashad. Another convincing win then he can coach the next TUF against the LHW flavor of the week.
k-onda- March 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm
You seem to have forgotten the fact that ruins this all - Diaz on camera, Diaz in an interview, whatever, Diaz on TV would be equal to watching that black and white fuzz that used to appear on old TV sets, he doesn't play along - remember? That's his whole schtick
hollywoodmarcin- March 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm
@LOKI haha okay now your talking. I would like to see him step up in competition though, I mean he does have talent.
PeteTiarks- March 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm
"You show me a guy who says otherwise and I’ll show you a guy who thinks an Americana is a drink at Starbucks."

You show me a guy who says otherwise and I’ll show you a guy who thinks Johnny Bones Jones is a gay porno.
JDubba42047- March 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm
I would watch it for sure!
mikeymillions- March 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm
Completely agree with this idea and its post like these that remind me why I LOVE CP!
PERPATRAITOR- March 24, 2011 at 11:31 am
Diaz is a great coach. Watch his videos on YouTube. Go to He isn't only training but also teaching. Miller could make 170. Remember his GSP fight!? He did better than Fitch lol. Diaz vs Miller ftw.
El Guapo- March 24, 2011 at 11:05 am
"Yeah, y'know. Coaching the ultimate Fighter's like... I dunno. I mean, yeah, I'll do it. But not cause they want me to, y'know? I dunno."
RwilsonR- March 24, 2011 at 10:28 am
Dana's not throwing that kind of marketing behind two fighters he can't control, and who will likely be middle of the pack in the UFC.
@ LOKI - what shayes99 said. More like Rich Franklin is nice enough to do gay-ass catch-weight fights for the UFC.
mDino- March 24, 2011 at 10:15 am
@karma. me try again? how bout you try handing out some more resumes bud. no one is hanging off ur nuts. ur heads become inflated, and as of yet, youve done nothing! get on to tuf and then i'll leave you alone. although i bet youll get choked out quicker than marc stevens
uzithrasha- March 24, 2011 at 10:11 am
Never thought about it till now. Holy shit that would be sick. DIAZ all day. Needs to go to the ufc already
mDino- March 24, 2011 at 10:08 am
@pancake. LOL true or atleast emptying the garbage.
edhedicus- March 24, 2011 at 9:38 am
I have 3 words for this idea..... FUN FUN FUN!!!!! But I have been wondering, and I am a Diaz-as-a-fighter-not-as-a-douchebag-public-persona fan, why would he come up in weight to get the easy win against Shamrock but not come up to fight Miller? Everyone wants to see these 2 punch each other. In reality, they probably kick it and spark a bowl together frequently....
And Jones v Evans on there would be a snooze fest. If Jones is going to be the face of UFC, and by proxy the face of MMA, Big Poppa wont let even chance him coming off as the heel.
shayes99- March 24, 2011 at 9:02 am
@Loki the catch-weight matches were for Wanderlei and Vitor coming down from 205, not for Rich moving up. As for the topic, it would be by far the most entertaining TUF season yet.
LOKI- March 24, 2011 at 9:00 am
@hollywoodmarcin-Perhaps I should have said his last win that wasnt a work. Sorry about that.
agentsmith- March 24, 2011 at 8:51 am
I'd say the biggest problem isn't that they're both with Strikeforce, but whether Showtime would allow them to appear on Spike in this context. You're not just talking about different promotions, you're talking about different TV stations too. Not sure how much control Showtime has over this kinda thing, but I wouldn't be surprised if they're not keen on the idea.
Douchey McDoucherton- March 24, 2011 at 8:49 am
@mat84 he used the money to buy a hooker, some meth, and finish his tattoo sleeve.
hollywoodmarcin- March 24, 2011 at 8:39 am
@LOKI uhhh Kazushi Sakuraba a legend..past his prime? yeah..but it was pretty easy to remember his last win..just sayin
O Chan- March 24, 2011 at 8:39 am
I can just see the house... Diaz letting his Stockton 209 boys crashing in the house. *HIGH* Comedy... Get it?
intercept440- March 24, 2011 at 8:31 am
sorry karma, if miller and diaz ever fight miller will take it i think, but alas, there not eva going to fight cause your stockton homie is actaully scared of him i think
mat84- March 24, 2011 at 8:27 am
what happenend with karmaatemykat thought he was on tuf is he still on how far did he make it i only seen one article someone let me know
KarmaAteMyCat- March 24, 2011 at 8:21 am
Personal attack*

Stupid mistakes.
KarmaAteMyCat- March 24, 2011 at 8:17 am
Diaz would savage Miller I think and I openly admit I dislike Miller as a person! I respect him as a fighter I think thats something owed to everyone who gets in the cage all the way from Georges to our JailBird WarMachine it's just owed. Make all the person attacks you want it's irrelevant you don't like me as a person sweet! Welcome to the club! Remember if your gonna hang on my nutts you gotta pay rent room and board is not free douchebag. that aside come on this is a kewl idea though I think Jones and Evans have a better chance then anyone mentioned in the article Just saying. All that aside.
Jugger- March 24, 2011 at 7:58 am
After the season in which they drank each other's piss and ate semen-flavored fruit slices, a Diaz vs. Miller season would be the logical way to lower the denominator even further.
PurplePancake- March 24, 2011 at 7:57 am

I thought they gave jobs to people with mental handicaps sweeping the floor at McDonalds. I'm not sure why he doesn't have one then...