UFC President White: TUF Live debut was perfect

by Dann Stupp and John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com

"Going into this thing ... you're always nervous when you do something new and do something different," he told MMAjunkie.com. "We worked long and hard on this show to make sure this came off with no hitches. I'm very happy to with how it came off. It was perfect. Everything went according to plan. There were literally no hiccups whatsoever.

"It's not easy doing this live. Nobody's even done this before, and it could have gone any more perfect."

MMAjunkie.com was on scene for the debut, which took place at the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas. After 14 taped seasons on Spike TV, the UFC's long-running reality series went to a live format with its move to the FOX-owned FX. With UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and fellow headliner Urijah Faber on hand to scout for next week's team selections, White said they were treated to a stellar night of fights.

And it all started when UFC and FX officials decided to go with one-round fights – instead of the usual two – for the elimination round, which determined 16 official lightweight cast members.

"It wasn't a tough call," White said. "When we came up with the idea, we loved it.

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SkipsBitch site profile image  

3/11/12 6:49 PM by SkipsBitch


JerodR site profile image  

3/11/12 5:27 PM by JerodR

I think it was just because of all the down time between fights. When the rounds are back to normal and the teams are divided it should be pretty good. Then you will actually have people cheering and the breaks will feel much more natural.

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3/11/12 5:03 PM by breakbeatbox

The production was pretty awkward. It felt like a PBS telethon...

Bat21 site profile image  

3/11/12 4:53 PM by Bat21

+1 Voted up, give em shit, Mom!  

JerodR site profile image  

3/11/12 4:47 PM by JerodR

It felt a little slow but that is to be expected with so many one round fights. There was one fighter that stood out to me though. I don't remember the last name but his first name was Justin. Clearly a Karate guy but extremely exciting to watch. Looking forward to seeing that dude fight again.I still think as much as Dana says there is not enough talent to have a women's division, they should have a female TUF.

12 site profile image  

3/11/12 3:55 PM by 12

what did he say in his post that you disagree with.? other then offering sarcasim what your point  

CindyO site profile image  

3/11/12 3:34 PM by CindyO

 LOL! Cindy

stonepony site profile image  

3/11/12 1:53 PM by stonepony

Watching it on DVR counts in the ratings. So there's really no problem for them that a lot of people will do that. And you get to skip the ads.

Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

3/11/12 12:34 AM by Gnarls Gnarlington

lot's of way too early stoppages. I turned it off after the first hour.

Beatrix Kiddo site profile image  

3/11/12 12:27 AM by Beatrix Kiddo

I like how the logo was basically in the middle of the god damn screen. That was revolutionary!