Often controversial UFC middleweight Michael “The Count” Bisping is currently embarking on his second season as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter reality series, which airs on Spike TV.
This season, the show’s fourteenth and the first showcasing bantamweight and featherweight fighters, will pit a crew manned by Bisping against a team helmed by MTV star and MMA vet Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Upon the conclusion of the show’s airing, Miller and Bisping will face off at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, in what will be Miller’s first fight back in the UFC since his initial and only appearance in the promotion against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 52 in 2005.
Though Miller’s career has spanned many of MMA’s top promotions, he carries a large following and has proven himself to be a wily competitor, Bisping admitted during a recent conversation with ESPN’s Steve Cofield that he was less than thrilled by the prospect of facing “Mayhem.”
“I can fully understand it,” Bisping said in regards to the UFC’s choice to put Miller in as a “TUF” coach. “The guy’s obviously, well, he does ‘Bully Beatdown.’ He does the TV show, so he’s got a bit of got a bit of a crossover appeal, if you will.
“I wasn’t overly excited that he’s going to be my next fight,” he continued. “I wanted somebody like Chael Sonnen or possibly the winner of [Yushin] Okami and Anderson [Silva] —- you know, somebody of that stature in the middleweight division. But I can understand from a business perspective the UFC’s decision to do, you know, to give ‘Mayhem’ the shot. It’s a double-edged sword. It will be good for the show, but it wasn’t the opponent I wanted though.”
The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale will likely go down on December 3 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.