Michael Bisping will keep his rumored spot as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 but it will be opposite newly signed middleweight mouth-off Jason "Mayhem" Miller, which is currently slated for a Sept. 21, 2011 debut on Spike TV.
As per usual, Bisping and Miller, after verbally bashing each other throughout the season, will meet inside the Octagon to physically bash each other later this year.
But, unlike most seasons, when the two meet inside the cage it won't be on pay-per-view. Instead, for just the second time in the show's history, the coach vs. coach match-up will go down at the live Finale, tentatively scheduled for sometime this December.
Can't beat free fights, right?
TUF 14 will feature, for the very first time in the long history of the show, fighters from the bantamweight and featherweight divisions.
Bisping, a TUF veteran in every sense of the word (won TUF 3 and coached TUF 9), was always the first choice to coach the show, it would seem.
However, the UFC was hopeful they could put him opposite mouthy ex-Realtor Chael Sonnen and watch the ratings, which have been anemic all throughout season 13, shoot through the roof.
Unfortunately, Sonnen's poor standing with both the California and Nevada State Athletic Commission's put an end to all that talk, as he won't even be able to apply for his license again until June 29.
Filming, at that point, will already be underway.
One trash talker's loss is another big mouths gain, as "Mayhem" has stepped in to fill the void. And while he's not as infamous as Sonnen, his sometimes diarrhea of the mouth is equally as explosive.
Not only that, he's no noob to this reality show thing. Miller has been the host of MTV's "Bully Beatdown" for three seasons dating back to March 2009.
All the ingredients are there. Controversial? Check. Gimmicky? Check. Can't stop talking? Check.
Oh, and he's a damn good fighter, too.
Can a cocky Brit and a goofy American save the once popular Spike TV reality show? Or is it too little, too late for the program that "saved" the UFC? And who wins when the two square off at the conclusion of filming?
TUF 14 debuts on Sept. 21 via Spike TV. No date or venue has been named for the Bisping vs. Miller contest at this time, but is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details on the upcoming TUF 14 debut as they become available.