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My Two Cents on TUF 7

“Do you want to be a Fucking Fighter”. That’s the “immortal” words of Dana White, a man so eloquent, he makes Bobby Brown sound like Shakespeare. Forget his insane need to drop the “f” bomb every 30 seconds. I have to ask every reader in all honesty: Was the new concept really that new?

Here’s a novelty: when trying to introduce a new concept, try and make sure that something very fucking similar hasn’t already been tried on other shitty reality shows. Right away, I’m going to point you in the direction of “The Contender”, which did something pretty fucking identical way back, except they intelligently tested how “in shape” fighters were. That was actually a damn good idea, since it immediately separated all the out of shape bitches from the real contenders.

We typically laugh at TUF fighter because they always come in looking shitty, and boy, what a treat we had. Last night was nothing but sloppy MMA. It’s like trying to find a crispy piece of lettuce in a McDonald trash bin. There isn’t any, and if you do find something, you don’t want to put it in your mouth. All of these guys NEED coaches, so setting them up for shitty fights right away doesn’t seem right to me. It also totally doesn’t make sense; most of these clowns are guys that fight in shitty gyms. They might have great potential, but it doesn’t mean they’ll come in with solid game plans, or solid training. What they’ve essencially done is narrow the field for no apperent reason. Sure, on paper it makes sense. But it eliminates the “underdogs” that are there to learn, and there to improve.

Now that the elimination fights are over, and his “big surprise” is revealed, has this new format really made The Ultimate Fighter any better than it already was? I don’t know about you, but the whole “win a UFC contract” is kind of a shitty prize, isn’t it? I mean, almost every fucking dude from TUF 1-5 is already fighting in the Octagon, despite not being crowned champion. I’m sure most of the guys in the house are aware of this as we speak. Why not raise the stakes a little? Or at the very least, why not have an even better fucking prize than the contract? Like a life time supply of Budweiser beer or something (wait, is that good?).

Lastly, I can’t stress this enough: when the fights are going on, get someone to fucking do the commentary, or put on some music. I’m tired of hearing 20 people yell “watch out for the choke” over and over again. It just irritates me. You apparently have two funny guys in Jackson and Griffin. Make them work harder at providing commentary. Or hire us. Yeah, Fightlinker commentary… that would make the show bareable at least.

  • garth says:

    dude, didn’t read? Sam Caplan says if you don’t like that show you’re not a fight fan! I think he forgot “shitty”, as in, if you don’t like the show you’re not a shitty fight fan.

  • Atom says:

    “Yeah, Fightlinker commentary… that would make the show bareable at least.”

    Looks like easy, weekly episodes of FL theatre 3000 for you two to produce? That is, IF the ZUFFA legal juggernaut doesn’t fuck you fancy.

  • HexRei says:

    It’s like trying to find a crispy piece of lettuce in a McDonald trash bin.
    worst simile ever

  • dignan says:

    FL theatre 3000 classic! Do it. I would seriously avoid the current episodes just to hear you guys and maybe an occasional guest talk over what you’re watching. Fawk. Good idea.

    Listening to Forrest, Dana, and Rampage “critique” these guys was embarrassing. The added nothing. Rampage even admitted he couldn’t spell. It goes to show you that most guys at the top of MMA are dimwits, and there is no mastermind behind the scenes.

    I think its fucking bullshit that at LEAST 3 of the fighters were all friends of Rampage and Forrest. The selection process is obviously very impartial…and no I don’t give a shit that two of them lost.

    I do like the weeding out process, but they should’ve stole the MTV wrestling show thing…making the guys work their asses off and basically see who drops out. Than make them fight. Making a dude lose 17 lbs when he was expecting to have at least a week of training? Gay.

    I am looking forward to see that guy oohing and aahing on the mat next week.

  • Lifer says:

    “Now that the elimination fights are over, ..”

    No they aren’t!

  • scorchamatic says:

    damn…..fightlinker is getting pwnt.

  • Jemaleddin says:

    @HexRei: It was a nice simile, but am I to take from it that Jake wanted to put a fighter in his mouth?

  • toolverine says:

    It’s bearable, unless you plan on exposing yourselves.

  • HexRei says:


    Only if they are bareable, it would seem.

  • Teufel says:

    I don’t know about everyone else, but personally I’m tired of the “drama” aspect of TUF. It was kind of nice to have an episode that was more about guys beating the shit out of each other rather than getting drunk and pooping into each others’ toilet tanks (although I’m sure there’ll be plenty of drunken shenanigans as the show progresses).

    The fights were sloppy as fuck though, no one seemed prepared to start fighting right away. Why the fuck would you go on TUF 17lbs overweight when you know there’s a good chance you’d be the first person to fight anyway?

    Regardless, for the first time since probably season 2 I’m actually looking forward to what happens in the next episode. I think it’ll take a few episodes still to figure out who the legit fighters are though, so hopefully my interest won’t wane before that happens.

  • Fightlinker Jackal says:

    I really enjoyed the show, at least more so than any other TUF episode.

  • mike o says:

    “Sure, on paper it makes sense. But it eliminates the “underdogs” that are there to learn, and there to improve.”
    bitch you still get the same number of fighters coming in, 16, are you fucking saying you’d rather have the 16 that dana white randomly selected over the 16 that won fights out of the 32 that dana white randomly selected ?

  • Xavier says:

    “Now that the elimination fights are over”

    Idea: Next time, try watching the fucking show. Oh no, I said the F word, I bet I’ll be criticized by the guy that splooges when fat out of shape guys fight each other and thinks ol’ Pride was actually MMA.

  • Xavier says:

    Oh yeah, that was hands down the best episode of TUF they’ve had, across any season, ever. That was ridiculously good viewing.

  • operator says:

    I enjoyed the action and the pace of the fights but I did notice that there were alot of shitty records. Also it seemed the guys with experience were fighting guys with like 0 professional fights. It seemed like some of them were brought in just to get their asses kicked by the more serious prospects. Either way 8 fights in one episode worked for me.

  • kermit.01 says:

    I have to agree with Dana, I think the fact the fighters are fighting their way on to the show will make for better fights later, and allot less chance on a fighter ending up as a giant vigina on National Television crying he misses his girl.

    I like the new change, I enjoyed the fights, I think if you were to look back at previous seasons, for first showings this season seemed better.

    I also think its retarded to argue the quality of the fights, if they were already UFC caliber they’d already be in the UFC, or likely headlining somewhere. This show i about the UFC having its own home grown talent, and you can crack on the show all you want, but it does what it needs to, it produces popular fighters for the UFC.

    If it wasn’t for the TUF I’d not have known who half the people fighting on the Spike card was, becuase most were former TUF cast members, and I’d have given about two shits before caring who won, by introducing the fighters through TUF it allows people to learn about the fighters, watch them grow and become fans.

  • I agree, I was not impressed nor am I a fan of this “new” system. TUF, at its best was entertaining-fight related drama leading up to a fight, which by good storytelling, was then relevant to the overall situation.

    It was, and is supposed to be a show about fighters, not a fight show itself. The first episode of TUF 7, in my opinion, was probably the worst in the show’s history. It was nothing more than a rushed cramming of 8 medicore fights into a 50 minute time peroid.

    There was no drama, no passion, I wasn’t intrigued and drawn to watch the next episode. It was pretty much just MMA amatuer hour, with the fights and the story editing.

  • Sha says:

    Am I the only one who liked the fights ? I thought it showcased some promising fighters, and I liked Amir’s standing omoplata thingy.

  • Trembling Eagle says:

    Couldn’t disagree more that was a great season debut
    with a ton of MMA put in place of a lot of reality show nonsense. This article just reeks of hateration. Is there ANYthing the UFC could have done with that show to have left you guys pleased?

    TO the moron up top Rampage was joking about the spelling thing, did you not notice every other sentence was a wisecrack outta him? Are people that fucking dense they don’t get shit like that?

    Overall I look forward to this season bigtime, lots of interesting new fighters I want to see progress.

  • Elfenstein says:

    i think the people blogging on this site is getting so full of themselves that they soon need a gps to find back to the real world.

  • asdfsdf says:

    FL, I normally like your site, but fucking hell you guys are losing it. Get it together man. It’s like you’re trying too hard to be funny and hating on random shit that’s just silly.


    I’m with Fightlinker… BOO on the TUF 7 debut! Boo on it’s stupid head!

  • Lifer says:

    that tuf fail picture sucks and is not funny. try again.

  • twankydawg says:

    Are you serious, that KO by Dolce was sick. I like them having to fight to get in the house, it gets rid of the whiney little bitches like Joey Scrotumroller. More rights and nothing but guys who are serious about being there makes this great, you fuckers can’t see the forest for the trees. You only need to pull your head out of your ass to see the light!

  • Actually Lifer, you’re right. That fail pic is a fail. But I couldn’t find a picture of anyone mid-fail from the show. It was a general fail for me, though.

  • P W says:

    Hey Fightlinker, I’m expecting you to gather all those wicked Rampage-quotes and put them in a separate thread!

  • Beau says:

    I really liked that episode. Definitely the best opening episode for TUF ever. The drama and bullshit will come, just not until episode 3. I watch TUF mainly to see fights. You get a new fight that you dont know the outcome to every week. The only other way you can do that is by driving around and paying for shitty regional shows watching guys that will probably never make it on tv or ppv. FL bitching about this episode is retarded. Also, I like the lack of commentary. It lets me do my own in my head, or out loud if uneducated friends are around. If you want music during the fights, heres a fucking tip, turn on some music. Then you’ll have a choice of something besides shitty Nu-Metal. I also found the quality of fights to be decent and definitely acceptable for what amounts to the triple A of the UFC. Or maybe that was double A, and triple A is the later fights. Either way, you just made a post saying you thought IFL was good and you’re gonna hate on this episode of TUF, I call shenanigans.