Michael “The Count” Bisping has about as deep a history with The Ultimate Fighter series as anyone tied to the show.
After appearing as a contestant on and eventually winning the third installment of the long-running series, Bisping served as a coach opposite Dan Henderson on the ninth season of the show, helming a team of fighters from the UK against a team of all-American fighters. Now, Bisping is featured as a coach on the fourteenth season of the show coaching a team of featherweights and bantamweights against Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
Last night, the first episode of the fourteenth season aired and, at a special screening of the show in Denver, Bisping spoke with FightLine.com about the differences between coaching the ninth and fourteenth seasons of the show.
“A big difference was that that season [season 9] was with Dan Henderson and this one’s with Miller,” said Bisping. “The other difference was that Henderson didn’t like to talk and he [Miller] talks too much. That season  we did middleweight and welterweights, while with this one it was with featherweights and bantamweights. Obviously that time they did the US vs. UK, which this time it’s me vs. Miller. Other than that, ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ is a well oiled machine, and in a lot of ways they were the same apart from the different weight classes and the different coaches and contestants.”
The Ultimate Fighter 14 airs every Wednesday on Spike TV at 9/8 Central; FightLine.com will be back every week with recaps of each episode, complete with breakdowns of the fights – so don’t forget to check that out.