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Somebody Please Start Watching TUF 18

Somebody Please Start Watching TUF 18

When I watched the new episode of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 18 last night, I realized something: it’s actually not complete garbage. The recycled vomit crust that had enveloped the series has actually been crinkled loose, and its luster has been restored to a status not seen since TUF 1. What other season has featured so many competitors who can be accurately described as pioneers? Hell, I listened to a Sherdog Radio interview with Shayna Baszler in 2008, and I’ve had my Roxanne Modafferi t-shirt (courtesy of Fightlinker) for multiple years as well. Lining up a similar roster of noted fighters (and less noted ones who end up kicking some of their asses) will probably never be possible again for either gender, but especially for women, as female fighters of various weights all seem to try to shoehorn themselves into the single cash cow of the 135-lb women’s division (such as it is).

Further, the portrayal of Ronda Rousey on the show, much ballyhooed as negative beforehand, does not actually seem so unfavorable to her, at least so far. She really just seems kinda intense. In a way, it might even make her even more marketable if she embraces the “cray cray image” she conveys, as her edict of “I will retire undefeated” and hysterics about Meisha Tate’s joy at seeing Baszler lose (to which Tate replied, “Dude, she’s my friend”) were delivered with a conviction that could end up growing on people.

This confluence of factors, combined with the atrociously low ratings the series has gotten, may actually portend doom for the series’ long-term viability. Simply put, the show is firing on every barrel it can, yet ratings are at an all-time low. The Sonnen vs. Shogun card did excellent ratings, so it’s not like people don’t know how to tune to Fox Sports 1; it seems to be a problem with the actual programming. UFC President Dana White launched into a massively analytical breakdown of the situation instead of swearing, meaning he must actually be extremely fearful about it. The obvious answer here is for White to emphasize that in addition to the appeal factors listed above, the fighters might actually fuck. The implication that things could escalate into a full-scale porno practically guarantees my continued viewership.

  • CAP

    Well Honda is bringing the cray cray. I guess “intense” is a good word to describe her but that is bordering on psycho bitch. We’ll see how that keeps going she could be fueling Meisha’s fanbase. Tater’s tight wardrobe will probably keep me watching.

    If there is any season where jizz is acceptable, this is the one.

  • agentsmith

    Yeah, Ronda’s definitely got a bitch streak and a chip on her shoulder… but that’s no different than many male fighters.

  • caffn8d

    When they moved all the UFC content to FS1 and I had to increase my tier of satellite service yet again (already did it once for Fuel before), I decided enough was enough and cancelled my service altogether. Maybe I’ll catch some online… but probably not.

  • CAP

    Bummer caffn8d. I have DirecTV and the switch to FS1 from FX and FS2 from FuelTV actually helped because I didn’t get Fuel before but I do now with FS2 which is nice for the post event coverage. But yeah cable is way too expensive. I basically need it for live sports and could do without the rest.

  • kvelertak

    I don’t give a fuck about female fighters. I never will. TUF is shit.

  • glassjawsh

    who pays for tv anymore?

  • glassjawsh

    and I swear Miesha got a boob job.

    I never noticed how perfect those things were until now (probs too focused on her rumblebooty)