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Well, Damn: Chael Sonnen Unlikely to Coach TUF 14 Due to ‘Problems’


(This story doesn’t have much to do with Anderson Silva, but holy crap, remember when that happened?)

Sorry gang, but it looks like those rumors about Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping landing coaching spots for TUF 14 were too good to be true. Though the pairing would make for brilliant/insane reality television, Sonnen’s laundry list of personal problems will likely prohibit his participation. From a new MMAJunkie report:

UFC president Dana White today told MMAjunkie.com no decisions have been made about the head-coaching slots for the show, which debuts in September on Spike TV.

But White also said [Chael] Sonnen “has a ton of problems” to deal with, which makes a rumored “TUF 14″ coaching slot against Michael Bisping unlikely…

[D]ue to his failed drug test at UFC 117 (due to elevated testosterone levels), Sonnen recently concluded a six-month suspension he received from the California State Athletic Commission. However, he still has a sentencing date after pleading guilty to a federal money-laundering charge as part of a 2006 real-estate deal. (At Friday’s upcoming sentencing hearing, he’s expected to receive two years of probation, a $10,000 fine and the revocation of his real-estate license.)

Sonnen also would need to deal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and get re-licensed before he could coach on “TUF”…

UFC officials ultimately “froze” Sonnen’s contract in the wake of the real-estate charges, and the fighter has turned down most interview requests since news broke.

White admits the NSAC issue could be a problem for any coaching plans. He confirmed he recently met with Kizer to discuss Sonnen’s situation but didn’t divulge details of the outcome.

As of now, though, White said no decisions have been made about the coaching slots.

“We have no clue who will coach; Chael has a ton of problems (right now),” White said.

Sonnen has to be re-licensed by the NSAC before he can appear on TUF? Interesting. Meanwhile, that crazy-ass Jose Canseco can wreak havoc on any reality-show set he wants. Doesn’t seem fair…

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Insane_Merc- April 5, 2011 at 9:38 am
I agree make it happen Captain!!! Ur Dana White for Crist Sake!!
BBAD31- April 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm
Can't imagin a better season of The ultimate shit talker than one starring Sonnen and Spitsbing
RwilsonR- April 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm
No conspiracy or drama building to be had here. I think Dana is honestly just waiting until Chael's sentencing before he can decide on his future.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- April 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Yeah, and right up until the date of the announcement Dana White was also saying he hadn't even begun thinking about who the coaches would be for THIS season of TUF. Then of course we founf out he'd been discussing and planning and signing for weeks and weeks, and just lied to try to keep his secret. He admitted as much. He said he has to lie sometimes to the MMA media to throw them off.

I truly believe (and REALLY hope) that's the case here. Sonnen/Bisping owuld be awesome, and I can't wait for Sonnen to do a Dan Henderson on Bisping.
Stak40- April 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Yup thats right.
Get Off Me- April 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm
I gained a little more respect for Chael(as a fighter) after I saw what the Spider did to Vitor.
I still say the ribs didn't help much, but Chael pushed the Spider to the limit before he found himself unconcious.
ReX13- April 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm
Stak >> i was doing an impression of Silva putting nuts in my own mouth?
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Whatchoo trying to say, man?
Stak40- April 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm
Yeah Rex i remember that shit...also remember your mouth wide open doing your best impression of Silva putting his nuts in yo mouth. Kind of like this...http://www.cagepotato.com/just-how-bad-were-anderson-silvas-ribs-saturday-night/
ReX13- April 4, 2011 at 12:57 pm
^ See? He's still upset.
Stak40- April 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm
Fuck you CP for that PIC.. That shit aint necessary!!
LOKI- April 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm
All the stars are alligning for TUF to actually be not only watchable but entertaining and that D-bag Kieth Kizer-Soze is gonna ruin it.
ReX13- April 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm
i do remember when that happened....and it was awesome. Stak40 and BossNasty were ready to piss themselves for 22 minutes.
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Then things went downhill...
CZ- April 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm
I might be grasping at straws here, but maybe is just saying these things to make the possible announcement more climactic? How many times has he flat out said something that turned out to be utter bullshit, just for the sake of it being a bigger deal. Personally, I think if Friday goes well for Sonnen, Dana Banayna will definitely make these two coaches.
Tuggernuts- April 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm
Come on Dana, just make it happen already
RearNakedSpoon- April 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm
Best caption ever.
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