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:
SINCE WHEN IS 1.5 MILLIONS VIEWERS BAD?
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.