So the UFC and Spike are selling us the angle that Kimbo Slice could be back in the competition as soon as next week. Something is up with Marcus Jones and he doesn’t really seem all that into things, and you know how it is on the Ultimate Fighter: if you’re looking like a dud and you give the producers an opportunity to use you for dramatic purposes, they’re liable to push the situation in that direction. That’s what they did with TUF 9’s Jason Pierce, who got replaced for being a moody bitch by the scrappier Frankie Lester. And let’s not forget the time TUF producers let a crazy letter through to TUF 3’s Noah Inhofer from his even crazier girlfriend that made him quit the show. Oh, love. Thou art a cruel mistress.
Bringing back the popular guys is nothing new in TUF, it’s been happening since Chris Leben got a second chance during season 1. And we’ve seen the ‘stars’ of the show get special treatment … I think Junie Browning got away with 3 or 4 things that got other cast members from past seasons booted. I’m not making any judgments here, just laying out the history. TUF is a reality TV show first and competition second, and that means you do what you can do to make interesting television. NOT bringing Kimbo back if the opportunity arises would be a fucking retarded business move, and it’s not like the other two dudes on Quinton Jackson’s team deserve another shot more than Kimbo. If there’s one nice thing I can say about Slice’s fight last night is that it was the least sucky of the three we’ve seen so far. That’s not saying much, but there it is.
Anyways, at this point I’m sick and tired of trying to Sherlock out what’s going to happen because Spike and the UFC are in full hype mode and it’s not worth trying to cut through what’s bullshit and what’s real. They’re dangling the Kimbo carrot trying to keep as many people tuned in as possible and you better believe they’re not gonna let the truth get in the way of a good story, as Wes Sims would say. Since I kinda sorta HAVE to watch TUF anyways, I’m not the person you need to ask whether this is an effective strategy. We just have to wait and see what kind of ratings next week’s show gets.
But regardless of what you think of Kimbo Slice, I think we can all agree that amazing ratings for the Ultimate Fighter is good for the sport? Or does everyone think the show and it’s fights have been so terrible thus far that this whole thing is like McDonalds throwing all it’s promotional weight behind the new McTurd Sandwich?