Dana White shoots down Stephan Bonnar's request to coach next season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF)

Jan. 31, 2009; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Stephan Bonnar prior to his fight against Jon Jones (not pictured) during the light heavyweight swing bout in UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Stephan Bonnar has been campaigning to get himself back in front of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) cameras opposite longtime rival and original castmate Forrest Griffin.

Ain't happening.

That's according to UFC President Dana White, who heard "The American Psycho's" pleas to bring things "full circle" and chose to ignore them, probably because he wants to keep the coaching criteria limited to "champions."

From the UFC 146 post-fight press conference (via MMA Weekly):

"I know that's what he wants. No. Sorry, Stephan. We usually bring in guys that are champions. Stephan and Forrest, believe me, you guys know I love Stephan and Forrest. We celebrate Stephan and Forrest every day. But it's not going to happen."

Bonnar and Griffin are partly responsible for kicking the TUF series into overdrive following their epic three-round war on Spike TV to conclude the very first season. Griffin was able to secure the close victory and again outworked Bonnar in their rematch just over a year later.

The good news, is that Bonnar has won three consecutive fights, so while he won't be lighting up the TUF cameras anytime soon, he should get a prominent spot on an upcoming fight card.

Stay tuned.

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