There have been strong rumors this week that Chael Sonnen could be set to coach The Ultimate Fighter season 14 opposite Michael Bisping, but it appears there is a spanner in the works.
Though Sonnen’s recent suspension handed down by the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for steroids prior to his UFC 117 fight with Anderson Silva is now up, the controversial star now has outstanding business with the Nevada State Athletic Commision.
It appears that NSAC head Keith Keizer is less than satisfied with some of Sonnen’s explanations during a prior CSAC hearing, and furthermore will also require him to attend a hearing to discuss his recent fraud charge, and also comments he made regarding a referee during his time in the WEC some years ago.
With Sonnen clearly not the flavor of the month at NSAC HQ, applying for a second’s license to be able to coach TUF 14 could be more trouble than it’s worth, and even UFC president Dana White appears resigned to the former No.1 contender not being a part of the show.
“We have no clue who will coach; Chael has a ton of problems (right now),” White tells MMAJunkie.
Meanwhile, one fighter who appears willing to help White out of a tricky spot is Strikeforce’s Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller who’s thrown his hat into the ring as a potential coach opposite Bisping.
“”@DanaWhite Chael can’t make it to the party? I’d happily be the American Hero. Put me on TUF (against Michael Bisping), watch the ratings explode,” Miller stated on Twitter yesterday.