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Old 09-19-2008, 10:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping likely coaches for TUF 9

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...cle1711930.ece

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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.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i dont think that happening because leben will ko Bisping and even if bisping wins , hendo will no doubt beat him
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Oh man please don't tell me this is true. I really was salivating over the possible Hendo-Marquardt match-up. Bisping makes sense and I am honestly glad they aren't tying up title holders for this go 'round.

With Ace being at LHW who will they match up with Nate? Plus I see Okami getting screwed in this. They will probably bump Okami for this which I think sucks.

I know most people here don't think Okami has any shot against Silva but I do. And no it's not based on the DQ so drop that argument.
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What IF Silva loses to cotte? man that will destroy danas plans
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Kind of an odd pair. I think Andy vs. Bisping would have made more sense.
Do you mean Andy as in Anderson Silva? Why would that make more sense if this is the US vs. UK? I think Dan is a good choice but I wouldn't mind seeing Marquardt as a coach so they can try and get him more known.
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I am not sure the timeline on this but I sure hope neither Okami nor Marquardt gets screwed on this. I am hoping there will be time for both Okami and Marquardt to get a title shot before the winner of this fight which seems likely.

With Silva fighting Cote in Oct he could most likely defend
against Okami in Jan/Feb and against Marquardt in May/June. That should allow time for the show to tape, Bisping and Hendo to fight, and then recovery time for them to setup a fight with Silva/Marquardt since Nate will take the strap
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Do you mean Andy as in Anderson Silva? Why would that make more sense if this is the US vs. UK? I think Dan is a good choice but I wouldn't mind seeing Marquardt as a coach so they can try and get him more known.
dude he obviosly means andy wang, the second greatest Tuf'er of all time.

on another note, id rather see USA vs canada for Tuf 9
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Do you mean Andy as in Anderson Silva? Why would that make more sense if this is the US vs. UK? I think Dan is a good choice but I wouldn't mind seeing Marquardt as a coach so they can try and get him more known.
I meant in terms of a title fight. It would have made more sense to promote a Bisping vs. Anderson title fight through TUF, then a Hendo vs. Bisping #1 contendar fight.
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honestly i would rather see Japan vs USa i think japan got more talented fighters than UK no offense to uk
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The UFC is paying Hendo alot of money and need to promote him, he lost his 1st 2 UFC fights and then beat a fighter who is not known to casual fans. Making Hendo the coach makes alot of sense IMO. Bisping is obviously a no-brainer to coach the UK team.

I don't see Bisping beating Leban though, so who knows. If he does, Hendo is going to give him the beating of his life.
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