Michael "The Count" Bisping was recently offered to be a coach of the next Ultimate Fighter season on Spike TV. Season 9 of the Ultimate Fighter has been named "U.S. vs. the U.K." so it seemed rather obvious that Bisping would be called in to coach the British team.
No official date has been released as far as when season 9 will start, especially because the second coach has not yet been selected. The second coaching spot for the TUF 9 show will be given to the winner between Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson, a battle slated to take place on January 17, 2009 at the O2 in Dublin, Ireland.
Bisping talks about how he is going to take his role as a coach on another level. The fighters joining the U.K. team are in for a treat as he plans to take things very seriously. Fighting in the UFC isn’t easy, which means hardcore training and no fooling around. He will be bringing in top-notch trainers to work on the fighter’s all-around strength and conditioning.
Here’s a snip from Michael Bisping himself as he talks to mmaweekly radio about taking the U.K. coach position for the next TUF season:
"When I found out I was going to be a coach, I was very excited. I know I’m going to have a good time. I’m going to enjoy it…I think it’s going to help me out as a fighter. I enjoy coaching. It’s going to help my career, so everything’s good. I can’t see any negative aspects to it…I’m definitely planning on being a tough coach to be honest. I’m going to train these guys the way I train for a fight. The people are going to see I don’t mess around. It’s all business when I train for a fight, and that’s the way I’m going to train these guys…If anyone’s coming on the show just to get a bit of airtime and be on TV, then they might as well not bother turning up. Because there’s going to be a lot of six o’clock in the morning runs, and just a lot of hard work. Blood, sweat and tears, definitely…I twas pretty much a no brainer to be honest. The Wolfslair coaches do a fantastic job with me, so you know I’ve got to pay homage to the Wolfslair, and I’m respecting my coaches…so on the grappling side of things I’ll be bringing in Mario Sukata, who is my Jiu-Jitsu and my wrestling coach. Fantastic coach, he’s a bit of a legend in Brazil, so he’ll be doing that side of things, and Dave Jackson, who’s a Thai boxing coach, he’ll be coming out there and helping out with the striking side of things…I’ve got a lot of friends out in the states who might be stopping by from time to time, coming in and offering their experiences…So Jan. 17 in Dublin, (then) I’ll probably go home, pack some things, throw some stuff in the suitcase, and then yeah probably straight in to Vegas, probably within a week."