After month’s of speculation, commission hearings and lobbying from various fighters, the coaches for the next season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” have been revealed.
Current UFC middleweights Michael “The Count” Bisping (21-3) and Jason “Mayhem” Miller (24-7, 1 NC) were confirmed by UFC President Dana White on Friday as the coaches for season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter reality show.
TUF 14, which will begin filming in June, is expected to feature both featherweight and bantamweight contestants for the very first time.
At the conclusion of the season, coaches Bisping and Miller will face off on a yet to be determined card and date.
Miller had been scheduled to face Aaron Simpson at UFC 132. That bout will no longer take place, however, Simpson will remain on the card against a new opponent.
Bisping made his UFC debut in June 2006 when he defeated Josh Haynes to become The Ultimate Fighter season two champion. Now, five years later, “The Count” has come full circle from contestant to coach.
Bisping is currently on a three-fight win streak, most recently defeating Jorge Rivera via second round TKO at UFC 127 in February.
Miller, also widely known as host of the wildly popular “Bully Beatdown” on MTV, fought once for the UFC back in 2005, losing a unanimous decision to Georges St-Pierre.
He has gone 12-3, 1 NC since then, and has spent the last couple of years fighting for DREAM in Japan and Strikeforce. Miller is currently on a two fight win streak , most recently submitting Kazushi Sakuraba at DREAM 16 last September.
White recently stated the plan was to have Chael Sonnen coach opposite Bisping, but due to Sonnen’s on-going issues with the California State Athletic Commission he was ineligible.
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