Michael Bisping. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC President Dana White has confirmed that British middleweight sensation Michael Bisping will serve as one of the coaches on the upcoming ninth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” regardless of the outcome of his fight against Chris Leben this weekend according to Fighters Only Magazine.
From the article:
Win, lose or draw, he will coach the British team,” White revealed.
White then revealed that Bisping’s opposite number on TUF 9 will be either Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson.
“We’re looking for the right fight,” he said, explaining that the chosen coach would have to be a “step up” from Bisping’s previous opponents. Asked if Henderson and Franklin were the two names on the shortlist, he confirmed: “That is who we are looking at.”
Henderson was previously rumored to be one of the UFC’s choices for the spot and a win over Rich Franklin in January would essentially make it a done deal. However a Franklin win would create a tough situation, considering it would be Franklin’s second straight victory over a highly rated opponent in the light heavyweight division. Would either Franklin or Bisping be willing to move up or down a weight class in order to be on the show again?