The UFC has scheduled a media conference call for 2 p.m. ET today to promote the upcoming season of the Ultimate Fighter. Coaches Michael Bisping and Jason "Mayhem" Miller are scheduled to participate on the call. UFC President Dana White is not listed in the official UFC press release.
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The Ultimate Fighter, now in its fourteenth season, debuts on Wednesday, September 21. This season will be the last on Spike TV. The show will move over to the FX cable network per the UFC's landmark deal with Fox.
Bisping and Miller will fight on the show's finale on December 3. Bisping last fought in February, earning a controversial TKO victory over Jorge Rivera at UFC 127. Miller returns to the UFC after his first and only fight in the company against Georges St. Pierre back at UFC 52. Miller hasn't fought since submitting the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba in Japan in last September.
I'm a complex character? Jesus fucking christ. You have multiple personalities.
Before the show I hated him. During the show I hated him. After the show I hated him. Now I look forward to kicking his ass.
I was more comfortable without the nationality angle of the first show I coached.
My team was all "real fighters." They weren't there to get air time. They wanted to improve.
I've never put an act on ever. I'm always me. That's why some people care for me and some people don't.
The show's about the fighters and giving them a chance to break into the big time.
Mayhem hasn't annoyed me to the same degree as Jorge Rivera. He just comes up with stupid shit constantly.
Rivera crossed a line. He got into family and stuff. Jason's not like this. He's just a bit idiotic.
When you coach, it makes your own technique better.
The more time I spent around Mayhem, the more he irritated me.
There was never any hesitation of accepting the coach role.
The reality is there's a downside. It means a ten-month layoff. It means a fight against Jason Miller.
Anderson Silva hasn't wiped out the MW division. He hasn't fought me yet. I think I match up well with him.
This was always a big opportunity for Jason. He went from fighting on the undercard to fighting on a main event with me.
The only thing I shouldn't have done in season 9 was squirt water in Damarques Johnson's face.
Other than that, I don't think I did anything wrong. I tried to make the show entertaining.
My coach changes had more to do with availability than anything else.
Bisping is a complex character. An individual you could write many tomes of knowledge on.
As the season wore on, I hated his guts. Then I didn't care. Now I hate his guts again.
I'm here. I've just been ignoring Mike's handiwork. I definitely got under his skin.
Me and Mike, with the personality clash, put a damn good show on.
Sounds like you're trying to sweeten me up so I don't beat you up as bad in December.
My first priority on the show was giving my full attention to the fighters. My second priority was putting on entertaining TV.
These fighters weren't the normal crop of TUF guys. Some of these guys had 30 fights. These were developed athletes.
There were some upsets. There were some guys who you (the media) have covered, and they didn't get into the house.
At the end of the day, it comes down to what's best for my career and what's best for the UFC's bottom line.
Looking as a TV viewer, I'm enthralled with the first two episodes of the show I've seen.
I have to tip my hat off to Bisping for signing off on this.
Honestly, I didn't watch Lesnar-dos Santos. I didn't feel any pressure to put on good TV.
I think they just did a better job casting this season.
I can't imagine the Lesnar-dos Santos conference call going a quarter as well as this one.
Are you asking me if I thought the fighters on his team were bullies? C'mon man.
The similarity between me and Mike is that I just try to be myself. And if you don't like it, I don't care.
They had a camera stuck on your face and a microphone stuck up your ass the entire time.
I can't speak for Mike, because I can't do that stupid accent.