Michael Bisping was in line to coach The Ultimate Fighter 14 opposite fellow contender Chael Sonnen before squaring off for a shot at the middleweight title, but those plans were dashed by Wednesday’s news that Sonnen’s suspension in California would continue indefinitely.
“I’m disappointed,” Bisping told MMA Fighting. “It’s a shame for the guy. I really do feel for him. We’re all human beings; we all make mistakes. He’s being punished, and OK, he’s made some very, very bad decisions lately, but no one’s perfect — I’m certainly not perfect — and I feel for the guy…He’s an exciting fighter, and I think it’s a shame for him; it’s a shame for mixed martial arts.”
With Sonnen out and Nate Marquardt dropping to welterweight, Bisping is waiting to hear from the UFC on whether he’ll still coach TUF and who he’ll be facing next, but wants to return to the Octagon as soon as possible.
“I’m sitting by the phone, waiting for a call from the UFC. I’m very, very eager to know when I’m going to fight again or whether I’m going to coach The Ultimate Fighter. I’m not sure what’s happening, but I’m very, very eager. I still have been training for a while. I love to fight and I can’t wait to fight again.”
Strikeforce’s Tim Kennedy became the latest fighter to call out Bisping in an exchange on Twitter on Wednesday.
Would you like to see Kennedy cross over to face Bisping, and should they be coaches on TUF 14, which features bantamweights and featherweights?