During Ultimate Fight Night 15, the UFC announced that the next season of the Ultimate Fighter will match up fighters from the U.S. with fighters from the United Kingdom. This move makes sense, as it is directly in line with Zuffa's strategy to expand the UFC across the Atlantic. So who will coach next season?
A report coming out of England says that if Michael Bisping defeats Chris Leben at UFC 89, he will be offered the job of coaching Team UK, with Dan Henderson serving as the American coach. That idea will work out swimmingly if Bisping wins, but what if he doesn't? No other British fighter is remotely as popular or as accomplished as Bisping. This strategy could blow up in Dana White's face.
I truly hope that Bisping beats Leben, not only because I'd like to see Leben knocked out, but also because Bisping would make an excellent coach. Like Forrest Griffin, he understands the pressures and demands of the Ultimate Fighter, having won season three. He has grown tremendously as a fighter since his TUF days. Not to mention, his interviews are generally hilarious, and that makes any reality show better.
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