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The Now and Tomorrow of TUF

By now everyone agrees: the first episode of BrockTUF was a total yawner. From the terrible, terrible ‘fight’ to Lesnar’s chicken shit / chicken salad mantra to Dos Santos’ “I no speak good” routine, things are looking kinda grim. The first episode even managed to pull the worst ratings for a TUF season premiere in the history of the show. Dana White actually left his twitter bubble to hit the Underground forums in defense of his show’s performance:

People have been saying it is dead since season 4.
Sit back and watch bitches or don’t. TUF isnt going anywhere!!!! deal with it.

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t see room for improvement, though. While most of us were expecting a Urijah Faber vs Dominick Cruz season of TUF, Zuffa is cooking up a more savory ratings gumbo. According to Dave Meltzer:

“The plan from Spike TV and UFC for the next season of Ultimate Fighter, which would air September through December, is to have Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping as coaches to build to a PPV match in December. The winner would likely be in line for the first middleweight title match of 2012.”

“Neither UFC nor Spike can publicly announce this due to Sonnen not being licensed in Nevada. … The decision, rumored for weeks, is controversial and will likely be heavily criticized if it does happen.”

Not by me. Sure, it’s a little mini moral outrage that the two biggest scuzz buckets in the UFC are essentially being rewarded after

  • testing positive for steroids after a title match
  • being convicted of federal fraud
  • winning a fight by deliberately kneeing the face of a grounded opponent
  • vacating salivary glands on said opponent’s teammates

But I take solace in the fact that these guys would be getting the job even if they hadn’t done these things. Chael and Michael are first rate giant wet douches and it’s that douche in a bottle magic the UFC wants to capture. Sure, you could get all in a tizzy over the path of slime they’ve left behind them, or get excited for the future slime which will now be documented in TUF format. After how amazingly meh this season looks, we could use some entertainment at their expense.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    “Alright TUF contestants, you can learn 1) Wrestling from Coach Sonnen or 2) Striking while moving backwards from Coach Bisping. No you can’t learn both, or anything else for that matter – stop asking.”

  • frickshun

    Hi Ryan.

  • 7th Offensive

    It’s a good idea. Ratings wise.

    Even haters gotta watch.

  • Reverend Clint

    it’s alive

  • agentsmith

    One of the things that almost no one has noticed is the fact that this was the first time I can remember that there wasn’t a Fight Night card immediately before the TUF premiere.

  • frickshun

    No, we noticed.

  • Symbul

    They also didn’t have guys fight to get in. That’s always guaranteed a beatdown-filled first episode to start things off. Non-attending viewers also weren’t missing anything, the show was insanely boring.

  • agentsmith

    @ frickshun:

    I meant none of the MMA blogs media are mentioning that in their over-analysis of why the ratings weren’t great.

  • scissors61

    it’s all OVERSATURATION! /bloodyelbow 

  • agentsmith

    BloodyElbow IS oversaturation… too much content for its own good.  And before anyone else says it, yes that is like the yin to Fightlinker’s yang.

  • scissors61

    i’ve stopped going to bloodyelbow, i can’t sleep easy knowing my hits on that site contribute to snowden’s continued presence in the MMA community. 

  • iamphoenix

    BE can suck a dick.

    hey ryan. hey ryan. hey ryan.

    ryan. ryan.

    hey ryan.

    you looked pretty busy going all over the world how much fun did you have?

  • frickshun

    ^^I work w/the lamest guy on the planet. He used to bring his BOWLING BALL BAG into the office to keep the balls @ optimum temperature before he went to his bowling league after work. I printed a bunch of stickers from exotic locales all over the world & stuck them on the bag.

    He was not amused.

  • CAP

    ^I think that sounds funny.

    Worked with a guy who collected Simpson’s figurines/toys/everything. He had half a garage full. He is no longer employed. That dude was a mess.