UFC resident troublemaker's Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping were rumored to be in the running for coaches of The Ultimate Fighter season 14. Yesterday though, MMA Junkie posted an interview with the Nevada State Athletic Commission's Keith Kizer that didn't paint a pretty picture for the "gangster from Oregon". UFC president Dana White, Chael Sonnen, and members of the NSAC met to discuss Sonnen's situation:
"With his explanations, I don't know how productive of a meeting it was," NSAC executive director Keith Kizer told MMAjunkie.com. "I really did expect a much more constructive meeting out of that. But it just wasn't there. I think Zuffa tried; I know we tried. I put the blame completely on Mr. Sonnen."
Things started off on the wrong foot, according to the NSAC head, when Sonnen, who's been heavily rumored to coach "TUF 14" opposite Michael Bisping, deflected initial questions about lying to the California State Athletic Commission during a hearing this past December. At the hearing, which followed Sonnen's failed UFC 117 drug test, his his one-year suspension was halved.
At the hearing, Sonnen claimed he had spoken to Kizer about his use of testosterone prior to his fight with Nate Marquardt at UFC 109 and had received a verbal greenlight. He said the same in a subsequent interview with HDNet's "Inside MMA" program.
Kizer, though, denied ever speaking to Sonnen about the issue in an interview with MMAjunkie.com shortly after the fighter's hearing.
"His point was, 'Well, you and I have never talked before right now, but I don't think I lied,'" Kizer said.
"Then he gave some very strange story and claimed, 'My manager and you talked about therapeutic exemptions, and therefore, I just used the wrong word. I should have said 'my' instead of 'I.' As in 'my manager' instead of 'I.'
"I was very straight with him, saying, 'That's a ridiculous explanation.'"
Why is it that every guy I know accused of money laundering never lies, just misspeaks? I have no qualms with Sonnen being refused a spot as coach on The Ultimate Fighter, even though it may just be a big talker like him that would spark some interest in the show once again. It would also set a poor example for the UFC to place two fighter's who are currently under fire for recent actions in such an esteemed position as coach on TUF. I wouldn't be surprised to see Bisping included still, well, so long as they can find a coach who'd be willing to antagonize him enough to force him to play ball. I'm quite certain though, if Sonnen had come across humbled, and apologetic, we'd likely see him paired with the Brit on season 14 of TUF.