Michael “The Count” Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller prepare to coach two teams of aspiring UFC fighters, with weekly knockouts and fireworks coming to Energy channel from monday February 20th.
Madrid, 13th February 2012 - UFC® fans can expect one of the most explosive installments of The Ultimate Fighter® yet, when season fourteen of the world's longest-running sports reality series lands Monday, 20 February on Energy. Episode one of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller will premiere from 00.00.
Groundbreaking and trailblazing, The Ultimate Fighter showcases a host of undiscovered professional mixed martial artists and follows them as they train and compete against each other for a multi-million dollar contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The series debuted on January 17, 2005, with its first episode "The Quest Begins", and has so far produced a total of thirteen seasons, and three of the show's winners – Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans and Matt Serra - have gone on to eventually win UFC world titles. Considered a proving ground for future champions and contenders, The Ultimate Fighter has revolutionized the way combat sports and its principles are showcased to the general public.
Known for its larger-than-life characters and dramatic flashpoints, the upcoming fourteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter features two of the most volatile personalities in the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization.
British superstar Michael “The Count” Bisping and madcap MTV presenter and submission specialist Jason “Mayhem” Miller will coach two teams of the world’s best unsigned mixed martial artists as they compete for a six-figure contract with the UFC.
In this particular season, 16 bantamweights and 16 featherweights were selected from hundreds of hopefuls, all of whom were put through a rigorous set of auditions to sort the contenders from the pretenders. The chosen finalists will now spend six weeks living together in a lavish Las Vegas house, cut off from the outside world, with no access to a phone, television, internet or newspapers, and only their own burning desire to become The Ultimate Fighter as a daily motivation.
While attempting to overcome possible homesickness and the fear of cabin fever, the determined contestants must also whip their bodies into fighting shape through a series of punishing daily workouts led by their respective coaches. Living up to the catchphrase “As Real As It Gets”, week by week one fighter from Team Bisping will square off against a rival from Team Miller until only two men are left standing for the right to to claim the coveted title of The Ultimate Fighter.
For their part, Bisping and Miller are desperate to have a member of their team win the series, as it gives the winning coach all-important bragging rights before the two 185lb contenders square off themselves on the live finale in December, with a shot at the UFC Middleweight Title a distinct possibility for the winner.
Perhaps the most polarizing figure in UFC history, Manchester, England's Michael “The Count” Bisping is loved and loathed in equal measure, on account of his abrasive fighting style, British swagger, fiery temper and blisteringly quick-witted putdowns. A national hero in the UK, Bisping was voted ‘Britain’s Coolest Man’ in 2009 Zoo Magazine readers ahead of Christian Bale, David Beckham and Daniel Craig and in 2010 voted ‘Fighter of the Year’ by readers of Zoo magazine, ahead of boxers Ricky Hatton and David Haye.
The Brit got his start in the UFC by winning TUF himself, running through the competition in season three of the show, and would eventually go on to headline landmark events in the United States, Canada, the UK and Australia. Bisping, who also led two British fighters to TUF titles as a coach on season nine, has parlayed his UFC stardom into a budding acting career, having already appeared in movies and starred as a recurring character on a British TV soap opera.
Bisping's opposite number Jason “Mayhem” Miller is one of the most dangerous submission specialists in the UFC’s middleweight division, as well as one of the liveliest characters in the sport of mixed martial arts. In addition to claiming wins over some of the best fighters to ever lace up gloves, Miller's zany out-of-ring antics have landed him his own MTV show ‘Bully Beatdown’.
Miller also co-hosts a Monday radio show on the Sirius network, and recently completed filming a role for Hollywood star Kevin James’s upcoming movie. Ultimately, though, his real goal is to defeat Michael Bisping and earn a shot at the UFC middleweight championship.
Hot-headed, unpredictable and passionate, 'Mayhem' is explosive both inside and outside the Octagon and even ignited an infamous running brawl in 2010, when he stormed the cage following an MMA event, grabbed the microphone during a post-fight interview and challenged the stunned winner. The ensuing brawl cemented Miller’s reputation as one of the sport’s true loose cannons, and the showy American has since embraced and reveled in his “Mayhem” persona, something which will no doubt be on full display throughout season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter.
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