Hendo v. Ace winner is the coach for TUF9 ... or maybe not

Steve Cofield
January 6, 2009

There's been a lot of beating around the bush about the U.S. coach for The Ultimate Fighter 9 - U.K. v. U.S. It only makes sense that the Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin UFC 93 battle is for the spot on the reality show with an eventual fight against British prospect Michael Bisping coming at the end of the season. Henderson was tight-lipped about the plan when Cage Writer spoke with him back at UFC 90 and rumors were that Franklin had no interest in the role.

According to Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press it sounds like the plan is in place or is it:

At this stage, it looks like the Franklin-Henderson winner Jan. 17 in Dublin can look forward to a TV gig - and a diet down the line. The two men meet at light-heavyweight in Dublin. The winner gets a shot as coach of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality TV show. But it appears they will have to move down to middleweight to do it.

In a Monday convo, Franklin still wouldn't spill the beans:

"To the best of my knowledge, I believe that's the way things are going to work. What are the UFC's plans with myself if I do end up being the coach? My answer to that is I have no clue."

It seems far-fetched that Franklin has no idea because Henderson knows his fate:

"That's what it's looking like ... I win, I'm the coach. I have no idea beyond that."

So Henderson wins, he's in. If Franklin does, who the hell knows? Huh? Can this be true or is Franklin a rock solid vault? We could find out more today during the UFC 93 teleconference.

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