It would be an absolute crime to pass up on having Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin coaching the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.

When it comes to MMA royalty, there isn’t a more important fight in the history of the sport than Bonnar vs. Griffin. Better yet, when it comes to TUF, there’s no two figures that are more responsible for the success of the reality show.

You’ve heard the story a million times. Bonnar and Griffin threw down in the finale of the first season in an absolute war. The fight was so good that 3.3 million people tuned in to watch them beat each other to a bloody pulp, and then the popularity of the sport took off.

The two fighters met up again at UFC 62, and though the fight wasn’t as good as the first, it was still an entertaining bout that saw Griffin win yet another decision over Bonnar.

Fast forward nearly six years later and both fighters are campaigning to coach next season’s TUF and have a third fight. On Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored Live, Bonnar urged fans to harass UFC President Dana White to make it happen.

I can think of nothing more satisfying than to watch this rivalry come full circle. Griffin is 2-0 over Bonnar, but lately Bonnar has become the more relevant fighter in the light heavyweight division.

Griffin is coming off of a quick knockout loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 134, while Bonnar is on a three-fight winning streak. And before I even break this fight down, why should I even have to sell this fight to you?

It’s Bonnar and Griffin, for crying out loud. You know, the guys that had one of the greatest fights in MMA history. Bonnar also said on MMA Uncensored Live that a third fight between the two would be even better than the first one.

I’m not sure if that’s possible, but I’d be willing to bet that they’d come close. Both fighters are aging, and at this point, they just want to have memorable bouts and put on a good show for the fans.

And speaking of putting on a good show with the fans, could you imagine the interactions between both guys during the season? They have tremendous respect for each other, and I’d go as far as to say that they’re friends, but they’re both looney.

Both Bonnar and Griffin are witty individuals, and it’s almost guaranteed that they would have some hilarious back-and-forth banter.

This fight makes sense, them coaching against each other makes sense, and it would be a great sendoff for two of the greatest pioneers of the sport. Not to say that it would be a retirement fight for both guys, but at this point in their careers, I’m not sure it would get much bigger than one final match with one another.

Heck, I’m not so sure there would be a bigger moment in UFC history.

Photo: Stephan Bonnar (L) battles Forrest Griffin at the Ultimate Fighter Finale (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

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Jake Martin

Jake attends Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., where he studies Mass Communication in print and public relations. He is also the sports editor of his school newspaper, The Nicholls Worth. Jake works at the Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday, La. during the summer.