The war of words that is currently playing out between Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller on the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter will conclude in a season-ending bout when the two coaches meet in a five-round, non-title fight Dec. 3 at The Pearl at the Palms.
“Bisping and ‘Mayhem’ spent the last few months as TUF coaches and they really got on each other’s nerves,” UFC President Dana White said on Monday. “On Dec. 3, the talking finally ends and these two will go at it inside the Octagon.
“There’s a lot at stake in this fight. Not only do they get to settle their feud, but they get to prove that they belong in the mix to fight Anderson Silva.”
Also on the December finale—which marks the end of a long-running relationship between the popular reality show on Spike TV and the UFC because of the UFC’s recently signed contract with FOX—will be the finals of the show’s bantamweight and featherweight tourney, where the winner of each division gets a $100,000 contract with the world’s leading MMA promotion.
The 32-year-old Bisping (the winner of TUF No. 3, and who also coached on TUF 9) blatantly admits he doesn’t like Miller and says he’s the only thing standing in his way of getting his first shot at the middleweight title.
“Jason is one of those guys that you either love him or you hate him. I definitely don’t like him,” said Bisping (21-3 MMA record), who has won three fights in a row and four of his last five.
“I think most people around him find him very, very annoying. I know people on The Ultimate Fighter did and I was no different. On Dec. 3, I’m going to kick his ass.”
The 30-year-old Miller says he has no love lost for the outspoken Brit.
“I definitely got under his skin during the season,” said Miller (24-7), who will be making his return to the UFC for the first time since suffering a decision loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 52 on April 16, 2005.
“We hate each other’s guts at this point and on Dec. 3, we’re going to get in the cage across from each other and settle it. I’m excited for this fight.”
Tickets for TUF 14 finale go on sale Friday, Oct. 7 at 12 p.m. PT and are available at the Pearl box office, online at ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.