The UFC announced that popular British middleweight Michael Bisping will be one of the coaches on next season’s “The Ultimate Fighter” TV reality series. The season will focus on welterweight and middleweight fighters from the U.S. and the U.K. It is almost a foregone conclusion that Bisping would be the U.K. coach, as he is the UFC’s biggest asset for growth in England. Bisping cemented his spot on the show after his victory over Chris Leben at UFC 89 this past weekend.
Bisping was the light heavyweight champion of “TUF Season 3” when he defeated Josh Haynes. After posting a solid 3-1 record in the talent rich 205-pound division, Bisping decided to make a very intelligent career move, and dropped to the less talented 185-pound weight class. Not only is this Bisping’s natural weight division, but it will also be a much easier road to a title shot.
It is believed that Bisping’s rival coach will be the winner of the Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson bout at UFC 93. Franklin was a coach on the second season of the popular reality show, however this would be a great opportunity for him to reconnect with fans, as his career has not been the same since his two devastating losses to current middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Henderson is a MMA veteran, however most of his success has happened in Japan. UFC fans primarily know him from his losses to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and the aforementioned Silva. TUF would provide great exposure for Henderson as well.