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TUF looks like it’s gonna be the same old shit

BIG CHANGES! Oh, revolutionary big changes were promised when Dana White was talking about the new season of the Ultimate Fighter. They were gonna shake shit up, re-vamp the format! And for a while, it seemed like they might actually mean it – early leaks implied that they’d be bringing in 32 fighters, and half the guys would get cut in the first few episodes. And then … and then … and then … nothing. For a long time nothing.

And now it looks like that was the ‘big shake up’, that’s pretty much the only major change they’re making to the show.

Now let me explain something to you, Mr UFC: adding a quirk to the show that mixes things up for 1 or maybe 2 episodes … it’s not a major change. TUF has always done pretty well for the first episode or two anyways; it’s after the novelty wears off that most people go back to ignoring the show.

It’s not like it’s hard to predict what happens: fighter A and fighter B don’t get along, fighter C and coach A have differences of opinions, and fighters D and E flop around to another bad decision. Or occasionally fighter X (who has 20 more fights than anyone else on the show) steamrolls one of the guys with like 3 amateur fights.

Goddamn it UFC … seems like you’re actually paying attention to what the bloggos are saying, so why didn’t you take a few more of my terrible ideas to heart?

  • kentyman

    Or occasionally fighter X steamrolls one of the guys with like 3 amateur fights.

    And then fighter K drops a steamroll in the other team’s toilet tank.

  • Mike_N

    Hey, at least Amir got a highlight in there, so I’m kinda optimistic.

  • dignan

    I like the new beginning format.

    32 fighters, with 16 fights over the first 2 episodes. It will at least eliminate the absolute crap fighters, and we get a good idea what the top applicants actually look like.

    It will take away some mystery of the selection process, and give us alot of fights and fight highlights to kick off the season.

    It also gives us a glimpse of who the favorites are, instead of everyone talking shit initially, and possibly holding out for 8 weeks before they have to fight…or getting some pussy to fight against right at the beginning, and coasting the whole fucking time, than quitting at the end because of a bruised rib(YOU KNOW WHO I’M TALKING ABOUT STARNES!)

    It’s a nice addition. They do need to get to the meat and potatos of the show. The days of wanting to watch Leben piss on some dudes pillow are passed us.

  • Xavier

    God, I hope they’re not paying attention to you fucks. Your ideas are awful tripe. And the rest of the blogs are filled with absolutely fucking morons for the most part. Why the UFC would start bending to the will of the hardcores who don’t even like the promotion is beyond me.

    What’s great about this format change is that it allows you to get an idea about the remaining sixteen in the first couple episodes and you’re not in week nine going “WHO THE FUCK IS THAT GUY NOW?” Attaching the viewer to fighters will make the viewer want to stick around and see more of the show. I can speak from experience, since I watched a whole episode of Top Chef just because they had a french guy named Marcell on it whom was quite awesome and hilarious. Otherwise, Top Chef sucks and is unwatchable.

    I like this format change, but anything else would be too drastic to deal with and ruin the lineage of the show. It’s a good show, they just need to focus more on everyone so you know who people are.

  • fitdaws

    I like the idea of starting with more fighters..but I think they should have more fights on each show, perhaps 2 fights each show loike they usually do near the end of the season. Start of with the 32 fighters, and have 2 fights each week. But we do enjoy the show never the less.

  • Atom

    Xavier- I agree with you to some extent about getting to know everyone on the show. In every season, it is not hard to tell who is making it to the semi finals, because they get so much camera time in the opening episodes. But the show is only so long, and they have to leave a certain amount of that time to show the fight(s). I don’t think its possible to get that much in, especially if those extra guys that lose early might not even get signed to fight in the finale. If they’re dull, and they lose.. (abbadi) we won’t hear about them.

  • Steve4192

    Let me get this straight …

    You have determined, from viewing a 20 second trailer, that TUF will be the same as always.

    Jump to conclusions much?

  • fightlinker

    Steve, I’d love to believe otherwise but all signs point to no, that’s all they’re doing to mix it up.

  • danaunclefesterwhite

    TUF is shit. They bring in a lot of scrubs that have no business being in there. Having 16 fighters to a weight class in the house like in TUF 5 and 6 = heavy on scrubs. They should go back to the two weight class format. Have 16 fighters in each weight class and then have 8 each eliminated and go home. Then you’ll be left with 8 fighters in each weight class. Zuffa also needs to do a better job in scouting for fighters for TUF.

  • danaunclefesterwhite

    Zuffa if you’re reading this, hire me at $7,000/month to watch MMA full-time to be a scout for TUF 8. I’ll send you a shortlist of guys for you to check out for whatever weight class you’re working on for that season. :D I mean, you have a shitload of guys out there who would kill for 8+8 a fight and you’re telling me that Blake Bowman and Dan Barrera is good enough to make your cut? Come on.

  • Wu Tang

    Just watched the iron ring.. I wasted an hour of my life.. “HEART”.. they talk about that as being the only aspect to this game, heart is just a small portion taht leads to victory. The other aspects I will not mention, but for fuck sakes, wheres TUF when you need it!!! When did MMA become a whos who of coaches rather than the fighters. BET is retarded to bring hip hop into MMA, saying MMA is too white washed…. That is te most racist concept if i ever heard of one…. So if Lil jon is your coach, join a new gym.. Seriously…

  • danaunclefesterwhite

    I agree. I don’t understand why they need American Vernacular English speaking rappers (plus Mayweather, who talked shit about MMA less than a year ago) in order to market the sport to Black males 15-34. MMA isn’t even white-washed anyway as much as the boxing guys like to claim it is. It’s American-washed more than anything. The UFC could use some more non-American talent and go for a more international feel like PRIDE. But of the American fighters in the UFC, Blacks are not underrepresented. Rampage, Rashad Evans, Drew McFedries, Houston Alexander, Josh Koscheck (he’s half black, half white so he counts both ways), Terry Martin, Marvin Eastman. Anyway you get the point, UFC is more American than PRIDE was Japanese but the American fighters aren’t white-washed. There are also Hispanic American fighters.

  • Matt (but I signed up as Mr. Unbelievable Pants)

    With the amount of money they can invest in this show, they could do some awesome stuff. Take the fighters on training camps in brazil or thailand or japan. That kind of stuff. Let’s wait and see, there may be a few surprises. Maybe Dana White will come out in a posing pouch and gimp mask and communicate solely through the medium of expressionist dance.

  • Fightlinker Jackal

    Quit bitching… you’re going to watch 16 extra fights for free.

  • GRD

    Wow. I’ve never heard such unwarrented whiney bs in my life.

    dude, 32 fighters are going to square off in the first 2 episodes. When these guys fight it will weave out all of the douche bag wannabes and the guys who didn’t show up in shape. Which means the fighters who make it through will be better, therefore, better fights!

  • Fightlinker Jackal

    Correction: You will watch EIGHT extra fights. Yeah… like GRD said quit whining.