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Old 05-29-2011, 03:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Bisping vs Miller to headline TUF 14 finale, will not be on PPV

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LAS VEGAS The UFC made its coaches for Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter" official on Friday. And after UFC 130, it was revealed they'll fight each other on the reality series' live finale card and not on a pay-per-view, as has become customary.

UFC president Dana White said after the post-fight press conference that Michael Bisping and Jason "Mayhem" Miller will headline the TUF 14 Finale, which is likely to take place in early December.

"What we're going to do this season of 'The Ultimate Fighter' is, the coaches will fight on the finale," White said. "It's what we were planning on doing anyway. We've done it before."

White said the decision was made for just the upcoming season of TUF and wouldn't necessarily apply to future seasons. For instance, if future coaches were going to fight for a title, it likely would not take place on a TUF Finale show. After Season 4 of the reality series, coaches BJ Penn and Jens Pulver fought on the finale.

White said the process of selecting the next coaches had plenty of bumps in the road, not the least of which was Chael Sonnen's current suspension by the California State Athletic Commission. Sonnen was rumored to coach against Bisping on the show, which will feature bantamweights and featherweights and will begin taping this summer.

"When we go through the process of making coaches, there are all these different guys we look at," White said. "People were talking about some of the lighter weight champions (as coaches), but a lot of things play factor in what happens the Chael Sonnen incident, fights, schedules, injuries.

In the end, he settled on Bisping, who coached on Season 9 against Dan Henderson, and Miller, who signed with the UFC after leaving Strikeforce earlier this spring. Miller, the host of the "Bully Beatdown" program on MTV, is a famous talker plenty outlandish and brash. But White said it wasn't just about making good television with wars of words between coaches.

"There's more that goes into it than just, 'Are these guys going to act goofy and talk to each other?'" White said. "I'm not really into the coaches acting goofy. It's going to happen with the (contestants) anyway."

Season 13 of "The Ultimate Fighter," with coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos, finishes its broadcast run on Wednesday with the semifinals. On Saturday, the live finale takes place at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas. Lesnar and dos Santos were scheduled to headline UFC 131 on June 11, but Lesnar had to pull out with a relapse of diverticulitis. He had surgery to remove a portion of his colon on Friday, though doctors say he may be back fighting by January.
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Great move in my opinion, gives the finale a bit more attention and momentum behind it. The Pulver/Penn II fight was good for ratings and the profile of TUF. This fight in theory should do as well, if not, better.

Plus if the TUF series builds up the two coaches fight, then there would be less of a wait.
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I think it's great that they bring back the coaches fight on the finale. I've been missing it and the finales has not felt complete because of the lack of it. Say what you will, but I think the coaches are parts of the teams as well, and should be contestants on the finale.
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The contestants going into the finales aren't established fighters in terms of the mainstream, and don't have the drawing power on an actual UFC card. We get exposure to them via the show but we never seen how they would handle being part of a UFC event...so won't draw as much of an audience (in theory).

Having the coaches fight help bulk up the exposure the finale would get....I hope
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Great move by the UFC. Never understood why they stopped doing this in te first place.

Reckon Bisping gets a shot with a win here?
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Bisping probably should not get a title shot with a win here, I'm certainly not suggesting Jason Miller is a can - but he needs to establish (re-establish?) himself in the UFC before being considered someone who you can get a title shot from beating.

There are pros and cons for Bisping, pros are being a TUF coach and a potential title shot if he wins but the big con is that he probably isn't going to get a title shot and he really should be fighting someone who can guarantee him a shot.

I hope Bisping puts 100% effort into being a good coach and ignores any opportunity for shit talk, I'm convinced Bisping is a top coach. Hopefully some of the contestants who don't want to be on Bispings team (probably the majority) can be won over by his coaching.
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It's funny seeing Sonnen butthurt, and still slinging insults.

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@sonnench - Comment on Mayhem how? In terms of his coaching contract, or generally not being worth the gas that brings his $.50 hair dye from China?
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@sonnench - I buy a couple on "The Bachelor" before I buy Miller as a Coach. Ten bucks says that he brings Bisping a rose on the season finale.
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Mayhem should win a fight in the UFC before he starts talking shit, hopefully Bisping finishes this overrated clown.
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Great move by the UFC. Never understood why they stopped doing this in te first place.

Reckon Bisping gets a shot with a win here?
Mayhem is a tough guy and a good fighter, however a win over him shouldn't mean anything for a title shot.

Bisping needs to start fighting a top 5 guy already and most important WIN! He still loses badly against Wandy (not even close top 5) and Hendo.

Then we can talk about a title shot..
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Do people actually think bisping has a chance in hell against mayhem? lol
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