MICHAEL BISPING is hot favourite to be named as one of the coaches on the new series of The Ultimate Fighter.
Season nine of the hit reality show - which sees mixed martial artists compete for a contract with the UFC - sees a change in the format with UK fighters taking on their American counterparts.
And TUF 3 winner Bisping is the fans' choice to coach the British stars entering the house later this year.
SunSport's Mark Gilbert said: "Michael Bisping is the only man the UFC should choose to coach the UK team on TUF 9.
"His charisma, fighting style and energetic persona make him the perfect choice to lead Britain's best upcoming mixed martial artists against the Americans.
"I've no doubts that Mike will be up to the task and he will prove to be a terrific coach if he accepts the role.
"He is the most exciting fighter on the UK's MMA scene and this opportunity could elevate him into the upper echelons of the UFC's middleweight division."
The UFC have not yet offered Bisping the coach's role on TUF 9 because he is scheduled to fight Chris Leben at UFC 89 at the Birmingham National Indoor Arena on October 18.
But SunSport understands Dana White will immediately hand the British star a contract to appear on the show if he overcomes Leben next month.
It is believed Dan Henderson will coach the US team, with the TUF 9 finale featuring him in a clash for the No1 middleweight contender's spot against Bisping, which could take place in December next year.
UFC commentator Mike Goldberg confirmed TUF 9: Team USA vs Team UK is on during the Ultimate Fight Night broadcast earlier this week.
Try outs for the show begin on October 20, and SunSport will be interviewing some of the wannabes attempting to break into the world's biggest MMA organisation later this year.
Kind of an odd pair. I think Andy vs. Bisping would have made more sense.