The next season of the Ultimate Fighter is set to feature a colorful coach known for his outspoken ways and controversial behavior inside the ring. Whether the previous sentence refers to Jason “Mayhem” Miller or Michael Bisping – perhaps both – will be left up to the reader’s discretion. However, what is certain is their participation upcoming participation on the popular reality show with the pairing expected to eventually culminate in a fight towards the end of 2011.
News of the coaching selection was confirmed by Dana White through a conversation with The Underground.
Miller had been previously scheduled to face Aaron Simpson at UFC 132 in his return to the promotion after a successful run outside of the UFC but today’s news likely means “Mayhem” will be replaced in the affair though nothing official has been announced.
“Guess my fight is off with (Miller),” Simpson wrote on Twitter in response to the situation. “Was looking forward to it. It is a smart move for him. He will beat Bisping. Wish him the best of luck.”
“Sucks for me,” he glumly added shortly thereafter.
When Miller finally meets Bisping after the season he will have been out of action for nearly fifteen months with his last fight coming against Kazushi Sakuraba at DREAM 16 in September 2010. Prior to the two-minute victory the host of MTV’s “Bully Beatdown” had won eleven of his previous fourteen fights (minus a No Contest) including in-ring success against Niko Vitale, Tim Kennedy, and Robbie Lawler.
Though the announcement of Miller may have come as a relative surprise, Bisping’s role as an Ultimate Fighter 14 coach had been long rumored with Chael Sonnen originally playing the role of adversary before his latest licensing issues with the CSAC prevented his partaking in the show.
TUF 14 will feature the UFC’s newest divisional additions with bantamweights and featherweights filling the fighter slots. Filming is scheduled to start next month with the debut coming at some point in September.
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