UFC President Dana White told The Underground at MMA.TV that Michael Bisping will coach on the The 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter, which will be the first season to feature the bantamweight and featherweight divisions, against Jason “Mayhem” Miller. UFC President Dana White also revealed after Saturday’s UFC 130 event that coaches Bisping and Miller will meet at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale in December instead of at the next pay-per-view event after that. This only happened because of Chael Sonnen’s suspension debacle. Miller is a decent replacement, but all his smack will be manufactured. Sonnen and Bisping would’ve been some real heat. Oh well, can’t be any worse than TUF 13 can it?
UFC President Dana White discussed the UFC’s next TV deal. “We’re in negotiations right now, so we’re still talking. Should be wrapped up in the next 6 months…We want to be with somebody we can grow with like we have with Spike. We’ve had a great relationship with Spike and done great things there, so hopefully we can figure things out…Our deal has always been we could do fights on network television, we’ve just never come to a deal with network television. We’re not going to make dumb deals that don’t make sense.” This does not mean the UFC is leaving Spike, so no one panic. While that’s a possibility, I’m sure it’s posturing for a better deal. I’m thinking they want a deal to stay on Spike, but still be able to explore other avenues, such as network television.
Miguel Torres posted on his Twitter account that he thought he beat Demetrious Johnson. “Sorry guys, I f***ed up and let the judges decide my fate. Johnson did a good job and had a great game plan. Rewatched my fight, think I won based on effective attacks, sweeps & position control.” I agree 100%. Torres won that fight. Even with monitors, the judges still failed.
MMAJunkie.com is reporting that Dan Henderson vs. Fedor Emelianenko is set to be a heavyweight fight, not a catchweight of 220lbs as had been initially reported. It headlines an event from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. on July 30, airing live on Showtime. Yeah, well 220lbs is technically heavyweight anyway so no big deal. I guess Fedor will have to lose 10lbs, but he should probably do that anyway.
Nutrionist Mike Dolce would like a chance to work with Roy Nelson. “I can get him down easily if he wants to be a chiseled heavyweight. I can certainly do that. If he wants to be a light heavyweight I can do that. I could probably get him down to middleweight depending on what his goals are.” This should probably happen, but middleweight? That would be a task and Nelson would have to be out of action for a long time. Get him to 205.