September 19, 2008

by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
When it was announced on Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night that the 9th installment of the popular “Ultimate Fighter” series would feature a United States vs. United Kingdom format, the buzz began immediately as to who would serve as coaches.

The first choice that comes to mind for the U.K. team is former “Ultimate Fighter” season 3 winner, Michael Bisping, who is currently training for his UFC 89 bout against Chris Leben.

In an interview with MMAWeekly.com, Bisping disclosed that he would be interested in the position as coach, but as of right now he hasn’t been offered the spot.

“Definitely, I’m open to things,” Bisping said about the coaching opportunity. “I’ll be honest I haven’t heard anything, no one’s said anything to me. Right now I’m just focused on my fight, and I’m 100% focused on my fight right now. The UFC hasn’t said anything to me and I don’t know anything about it. But you know, it could be a possibility, but like I said I haven’t heard a thing.”

Bisping says he learned about the concept of the latest version of the popular reality show along with everybody else earlier this week and he looks forward to it.

“I saw it all over the internet the other night, U.K. vs. the U.S., I think it’s an amazing idea,” commented Bisping. “I think it might inject a little bit of life into the “Ultimate Fighter”. The “Ultimate Fighter” is a great show, but obviously you know it’s season after season, maybe this can mix it up a little bit.”

“I think it will make some funny goings on in the house as well you know. All to do with the language barrier and the cultural differences and things like that. I think it’s a great idea and I look forward to seeing it.”

One of the biggest factors about this season in Bisping’s mind is the chance for more British fighters to get on the big stage in the UFC. Many fighters have already debuted for the juggernaut promotion, but this could be the best opening yet.

“It’s going to give a lot of opportunities to a lot of U.K. fighters,” Bisping stated.

Bisping is currently working with Team Wolfslair to prepare him for the Oct 18 match-up against another “Ultimate Fighter” alum in Chris Leben. Once the fight is over, more details about the possibility of Bisping as a coach could start to surface.