The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Coaching Matchups Fans Want to See

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIJune 4, 2011

The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Coaching Matchups Fans Want to See

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    As much as the Ultimate Fighter has been known for giving unknown MMA fighters a chance to fight for a UFC contract, it has also been know for the teams coaches going at it. 

    Some coaches are picked because of title implications. Others just make for good tv or have grudges with one another.

    This season of TUF was a letdown for many. Some of the fighters and coaches alike lacked the personality and flare that past seasons have brought us.

    Both Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos have been respectful to each other making for boring television.

    This season’s relatively calmness could change next season when Michael Bisping coaches against Jason “Mayhem” Miller.  Both guys are known for their personalities, and have the ability to work their opponents' nerves.

    Here are some other coaching match ups that people may want to see.

Chael Sonnen Vs. Michael Bisping

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    Thanks to his current court trouble, there is no telling if Sonnen will ever be back in the octagon again. It is a shame too because Sonnen could have been the opposing coach to Michael Bisping in the upcoming season of the Ultimate fighter.

    Fans love to hate both guys, and the trash talk between them could have been an all time record for the show.

    Bisping knows how to push people's buttons. Just ask Dan Henderson and company what it felt like to be opposite of him during filming. 

    He received a taste of his own medicine when Jorge Rivera mocked him before their fight at UFC 127. Bisping did not take it too well, and received a ton of heat for his actions during and after the fight.  

    Many fighters including Sonnen wanted to fight Bisping after the fight. What could have made this match up great is their both jerks who keep riding their opponents until fight night.

    While Sonnen’s MMA Career is on hold, we have to sit back and think about what could have been.

Urijah Faber Vs. Dominick Cruz

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    Who knows what could have been had these two been the ones to coach the most recent season of TUF.

    Faber and Cruz would have been a great way to introduce the lighter weight classes to the mainstream.

    Both guys have already fought once with Faber getting the better of Cruz. They’re dislike of each other would build even more after six weeks of filming on TV.

    Although we did not get to see them coach, we will have a chance to see them go at it again at UFC 132. 

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs Jon Jones

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    From a coaching standpoint this wouldn’t make sense at all. Jackson has proved twice he’s a horrible coach. Anybody who picks Kimbo Slice as their first pick then invests all their time into him deserves to lose almost every fight.

    Although Jones is a champion, he is only 23 and still learning.

    Rampage is pure comedy and dangerous if you’re a door.  Coaching on the show would give Jones more time to shine as well.

    These two coaching could build their title match up as well. Imagine if Dana White brought in Rashad Evans as a special guest judge and watch the tension rise even more.

Nick Diaz vs. Georges St-Pierre

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    Georges St-Pierre is one of the most humble fighters in the world as well as one of, if not the best in the world. Diaz is also one of the best, but very far from humble.

    Compared to Diaz, Josh Koscheck was tame while he coached the show against St-Pierre. Diaz trash talk would be heightened because St-Pierre beat his teammate, Jake Shields.

    It would be interesting to see how Diaz coaches other fighters. He’s good at boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but is also known for letting his guard down to taunt other fighters. Imagine him telling one of his guys to let the opposing fighter take his best shot.

    Diaz loves to trash talk. GSP on the other hand lets his talking get done in the cage. It would be interesting to see if Diaz is the fighter who can finally get under GSP’s skin. 

Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva

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    It is the super-fight of the century that may never happen. A fight between St-Pierre and Silva will not happen this year. But who knows what the future may hold.

    Some people are sick and tired of hearing about it. Others hope and pray it can happen one day.

    If the fight does happen, having them coach on TUF could be used to hype the fight up.

    It would be interesting to see how Silva reacts to coaching. He could bring in fellow Black House gym members and maybe even Steven Seagal to help train. We could also see how much English Silva really knows.

    Knowing that both guys would be respectful of each other, it could possibly be a snoozefest. But it could also be one way to hype up a super-fight between the two.

Guida/Pettis vs. Edgar/Maynard

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    The lightweight division is one of the deepest divisions in the UFC. Tonight we’ll see two of the top fighters in the division go at it in what could be a title eliminator.

    Clay Guida/Anthony Petitis taking on the winner of Frankie Edgar/Gray Maynard could be the next lightweight title match.

    Personally I would love to see a lightweight match between Edgar and Guida just because both of these guys have a ton of energy, and keep going no matter how much you throw at them.

    Imagine if they bring that same intensity to them into the coaching world. 


    Who else would you want to see coach The Ultimate Fighter? Leave suggestions or comments!