A recent report written by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer for f4wonline.com stated that Michael Bisping and Chael Sonnen were slotted for the coaching spots for the fourteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. UFC President Dana White spoke with MMAJunkie.com about the report, and noted that Sonnen coaching the season would be unlikely.
“We have no clue who will coach; Chael has a ton of problems (right now),” said White.
Sonnen has been in hot water since being disciplined by the NSAC following his August submission loss to Anderson Silva over not properly disclosing his usage of synthetic testosterone for testosterone replacement therapy. Shortly thereafter, Sonnen plead guilty to money laundering in a real estate fraud case, the implications of which are still playing out. Currently, the controversial Oregonian is serving a UFC-mandated suspension while his legal woes are sorted out. He is due in front of a judge on April 8 for sentencing.
Bisping was recently surrounded by his own controversy, albeit with less severe implications and repercussions. “The Count” lost his cool following a TKO win over Jorge Rivera at UFC 127 as a result of Rivera’s taunting YouTube videos, which were released during the build up of the fight. After landing an illegal knee during the fight that some have speculated was purposeful, Bisping launched a verbal tirade against Rivera and eventually spat at his cornermen. Bisping forfeited his bonuses for the fight due to his actions.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.