Memories of The Ultimate Fighter 3 are sure to surface in the newest season of the MMA reality series. According to The Sun, Michael Bisping, who will serve as coach of Team UK, blasted opposing coach Dan Henderson after the American said he'd turn the other cheek to bad behavior on the show.
Earlier, Hendo told The Sun:
"The coaches are buffered from all that - we're not living in the house. I probably won't hear about a lot of things but some of them I will. But you have to understand these guys are cooped up with no TV, no magazines, no books - nothing but each other to pick on - and that's what makes for good TV. Whatever keeps them happy in the house and keeps them sane is fine by me - as long as they work hard in the gym, that's all that matters."
Given last season's cast of trouble-makers - notably Junie Browning - Bisping's concerns seem justified. The majority of Browning's fame stemmed from his drunken tantrums and fights with housemates. Doesn't show well for a sport still trying to garner respect from those unknowledgeable about MMA.
Bisping's response to Henderson:
"I want my team to represent the sport of mixed martial arts well, represent themselves well and represent the UK well. I don't want any of the [crap] going on that went on last season - like trashing the house, getting wasted and all the rest of it. If guys are coming on there looking for TV time and all the rest of it, then don't bother turning up. I'm there to train serious fighters who want to fight and succeed in the UFC."
To the cast members of Team UK: have fun.
- Bisping blasts Dan's remarks (The Sun)