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?