On this week’s episode of the Ultimate Fighter, Michael Bisping improved his reputation as an awesome coach by beating the shit out of Stephan Bass, the guy who was set to fight a few days from then. “You wanna just completely gas me so I can’t fight???” guy asks Bisping. But cardio is important! Just look how badly it went for Stephen when he shockingly had no energy to fight Dennis Bermudez. Funny enough, Bermudez did exactly what Bisping did to Bass in the gif above. Guess they should have trained those positions even more, huh?
Things didn’t get much better for Bisping in the second fight of the episode when his number 1 pick, Louis Gaudinot, got taken out by Dustin ‘Jesus Freak’ Pague. That makes Mayhem 4-0 thus far this season, leading many to think this might be the year Ken Shamrock finally gets knocked off his perch as poopiest TUF coach evar.
I don’t 100% blame Bisping for his team’s failures. Sure, his cornering style is about as helpful as a dad screaming “SWING! SWING YOU DUMB SHIT!” at his kid during softball games. And if he didn’t totally wear Stephen Bass out, he at least borked the dumb kid’s brain and psyched him out. As far as the Gaudinot loss goes, if you’re educated enough about your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, getting to pick the matchups gives you a crazy, crazy advantage. Jason Miller has thus far proven he knows how to matchmake. He’s also proven why letting coaches pick the fights isn’t exactly the fairest way to run things on TUF. The American Idol style voting system for next season may be kinda dumb, but at least it will stop one coach from using pick control to crush the other.
Next week, a weigh-in brawl has even the coaches getting in on the shoving. Good thing Phoenix Jones ain’t around or there’d be a pepper-sprayin all right. They’d all get pepper sprayed real good.