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Who’s coaching the next TUF?

We’re but a few weeks away from TUF8’s filming and there’s still no word on what the fuck is going on for coaches. An early rumor of Frank Mir vs Big Nog sorta kinda made sense a little, but that’s pretty much the only idea we’ve heard in a sport where everything seems to end up on the internet weeks before it’s announced by promotions.

Personally, I don’t really care who’s the coach for the sake of the show. I’m more concerned about which division gets put on ice. If they pick GSP and Jon Fitch at coaches I will cry myself to sleep, not only because they have the personalities of a paint bucket, but because it will once again put the welterweight division on hold for months and months.

There is the small chance that Dana and the gang are finally looking at the ratings properly this time and recognizing that no gimmick will save the show. Real change is needed, and perhaps things are being pushed back to give producers time to retool the show. I know lots of people would take that news to be a sign of weakness, but I’d say the cracks have already appeared as TUF has slid into new terrain as far as ratings go.

  • Omomatta

    I thought that I read somewhere that the next coaches were going to be Harkness/Caplan. After the show, the two would fight for the Undisputed World Blogular Title. Oh wait…… must have been a dream.

  • jd

    a wet dream?


    Didn’t GSP already say he hurt his little girl hands and wouldn’t be able to fight for six months?

  • dignan

    I’ve been on the TUF bandwagon from the beginning with the rest of you fools.

    IT IS TIME TO GIVE US A BREATHER, and take a fucking break. It is boring. Take it away and make us beg for it back.

    I think alot of it has to do with the knowledge base of fans growing, so we can see shitty fighting a mile away.

    One idea to IMPROVE the show could be actually focussing on some strategy and specific techniques each show, so we can practice on ourselves or eachother at home. hehe.

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    GSP, that would be scary.

    He’s the ultimate true believer, he would rip the shit out of his squad. Might be worth watching.

  • cyph

    Easy. How about more fights? Fighters must lose 2 of 3 fights before they’re eliminated. So two fights per show, and it will at least prevent good, high potential fighters from getting eliminated due to a bad match up.

    And why the hell don’t they train the fighters for at least ONE full month before they start the show? The problem with the show is that the quality of the TUF fights are not much better than backyard brawling or amateur MMA. Why not just do a TUF of established fighters (read: UFC undercard caliber fighters) on their roster and give them each a UFC All Access biography on the fighters each show before their fights? They’ve already given Mac Danzig a roster spot. Why not just skip all the BS and put more “Mac Danzigs” on the show instead? I’m sure plenty of professional fighters would kill for a chance to be on TUF.

  • garth

    dignan is right…i’d say doing one season a year would be a good first step. two seasons per calendar year is way more than we need.

  • toolverine

    For fuck’s sake, let them train in a different locale. I’m so sick of seeing the same goddamn gym and the house they all live in.

  • fightlinker

    Agreed, they need to bring in better fighters. They need to pay more so these fighters will agree to the show. They need to go somewhere else … somewhere exotic.

    If it was up to me it’d be a no brainer … have a female TUF to launch a women’s division, and still have two male UFC stars coach them. Now that would create interesting TV

  • cyph

    Hot females with fake boobies…

  • mike o


  • x5BoltMainx

    But my pants are :P

  • el feo

    “IT IS TIME TO GIVE US A BREATHER, and take a fucking break. It is boring. Take it away and make us beg for it back.

    I think alot of it has to do with the knowledge base of fans growing, so we can see shitty fighting a mile away.”

    I agree with this. I still watch the show, but it’s not as appealing when we’ve seen 7 seasons of the same old. And after Speer getting cut you know most of these guys aren’t going to stick around either, so what’s the point?

  • toolverine

    At this point, even Denny’s would be considered exotic.

  • Rob Enderle

    Im surprised you guys arent doing each others hair and nails.

    Its a fucking REALITY SHOW.
    There is no MMA athlete that I want to hear talk, never mind a bunch of nobodies.
    You like MMA? Watch fights, practice at teh gym. But watching the ‘human interest’ stories is gayer than WWE soap operas.

    I’ve even tried DLing the shows online and FF to the fights and you know what? The fights suck.
    Its like listening to techno without the drugs.