Maia Might be Headed To Coach "TUF 9"

Written by Tom Ngo
November 18th, 2008

After submitting Nate Quarry in 1stRound of their UFC 91 bout, middleweight Demian Maia has now placed himself amongst the division’s elite. Although his impressive 9-0 record has not quite earned him a title shot, it may have earned him a spot as Michael Bisping’s rival coach on next season’s “The Ultimate Fighter 9.”

“Look, there are a lot of things we have going on,” UFC president Dana White stated at the UFC 91 post-fight press conference. “We’re starting to do ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ in other countries. We’re making this expansion now into all these different countries. … Yeah, we’ve got a lot of stuff going on.”

Is one of the things that he has going on putting Maia on their hit reality TV show?

“It could be,” White sheepishly stated as he flashed a giant grin.

Originally, it was thought that the winner of the Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson fight at January’s UFC 93 event would coach opposite of Bisping, however neither of the MMA vets seem too thrilled at that prospect.

The show would be a great opportunity for the little known Maia to make a better name for himself amongst UFC fans. In addition, an end of the season win over a fellow rising star in Bisping may cement his place in line for champion Anderson Silva’s title.

“Maybe Michael Bisping is a good fight for me,” Maia concurred.

Howver, White thought that it was premature to put Maia in the Octagon with the division’s best at this stage in the game.

“…I would like to see Demian fight a couple more fights before he fights Anderson Silva,” said White.

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