The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Michael Bisping and former PRIDE champion Dan Henderson are likely to land roles as coaches on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter, which will feature welterweights (170 pounds) and middleweights (185 pounds) in a United States versus United Kingdom format.
According to The Sun, Bisping will be offered the position if he gets past Chris Leben in the UFC 89 main event in October while Henderson is likely to be tapped to coach the US team. Bisping and Henderson will then clash in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale to determine the promotion’s top middleweight contender.
Auditions for the series will take place on October 20th in London, England and on October 27th in Chicago, Illinois.
The Ultimate Fighter 9 will begin filming later this year or in early-2009 for an anticipated April 2009 debut.