While rumors continue to swirl that India’s Super Fight League is on the verge of busting, they’ve managed to put out the first episode of their TUF clone, SFL Challengers. Which is impressive, considering the number of companies that have tried and failed to get their MMA reality show off the ground. If the show manages to capture the imagination of Indian viewers, the Super Fight League may be saved yet and MMA in India advanced forward the same way TUF changed the game in America. Or (more likely) it will fizzle out with low ratings and become a footnote in history like Iron Ring.
If you’re not over-TUF’d from TUF Live, TUF Brazil, and the TUF Smashes, TUF Brasil 2 and TUF FX 2 seasons coming later this year, check this out. Episode 1 is all about introducing the contestants and their disapproving families. Personally, I’m cheering for Lipika and Siddesh. I haven’t seen either of them fight yet, but Lipika is a fox and Siddesh has a mighty mustache. Here in America staches were retired like hallowed jersey numbers after the Dan Severn and Don Frye era, so it may be hard to live up to the facial hair. But I have faith. I am with your dreams, Siddesh!