Insider details birth of The Ultimate Fighter

source: The Underground

A UG member argued that UFC President Dana White's role in creating the make-or-break reality television series The Ultimate Fighter was minimal.

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I don't know about that. Dana is a terrific promoter, but he HATED the idea of doing a reality show (TUF) and it was the Fertitta's who went through with it and funded the show (without knowing if it'd even air). Since the UFC credits TUF as the single largest reason why the UFC isn't dead and bankrupt, I'd say the Fertitta's cash was absolutely the biggest reason for the UFC being where it is at today.

"No," UFC insider CindyO explained.


Nope. Ask Lorenzo. None of them wanted to do a reality show but it was all a network would do. They (Frank, LJ and DW) wanted a Friday Night Fights type of show. Everyone at every network said no.

Then Craig Piligian, who had done the Fertitta's reality show American Casino for three seasons came up with American Promoter where cameras would follow DW around and then find a way to work in some fights (push was to promote the sport and get it in peoples homes somehow). DW didn't want to do that, contrary to the babbling later down the road by his detractors, so he knew they had to come up with something else. They worked on it some more and DW and his crew spent the night until the wee hours of the morning trying to come up with another type of reality show and TUF was born. Everyone else signed off on it and the rest is history.

A couple of years ago there was talk again about doing AP. They filmed him and got an entire season in the can before DW put the brakes on it- I still think he should release it because I think it would be like watching his vlogs but with better everything (professional). Love me some DW vlogs:)

The brothers cash is definitely a big factor, for obvious reasons, but they couldn't have done it w/o him, nor would they want to. Just ask Lorenzo:)


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Recently release footage reveals the location of the footage for American Promoter, season 1.


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Megatherium site profile image  

7/17/12 7:21 AM by Megatherium

Some good Dana coverage on the front page today. Good picture of Dana as well. Dana is lookin' mean!

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7/15/12 6:51 PM by MattyECB

Man I think Dana gets too much shit and personally have no qualms about his level of coverage cus at the end of the day, Kiriks gotta make a busy site for a good siteBut holy fuck this post is hillarious and holy fuck I love seeing Cindy white knight all over Dana's nuts every godang thread he's mentioned in lolEven though ppl are quick to gloss over Dana's contributions to the growth of MMA/UFC, LOfuckingL at trying to fucking compare BoDog's backers to the fucking Fertitta's with all their connections. Not to mention, it was the godamn Fertittas who pulled the trigger on TUF iirc

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7/15/12 3:35 PM by JasonDelucias5AnimalFungKu

^Jenny Friedman, ladies and gentleman.JDFAFK

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7/15/12 3:31 PM by Auzzie

cindy FTW

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7/15/12 2:18 PM by CindyO

 Pfft! HHHHHATER=) Cindy

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7/15/12 1:10 PM by WoodenPupa

And this leads to another idea, like a spinoff. Call it Dana's Shadow. It's a reality show that follows Dana's shadow around all day. Nothing but the shadow.Suspense? Check. You keep waiting for that thing to burst into tourette's insanity, Motherfucker edition. But it doesn't. It just sits there in silence, or glides by, passing over the world as if it wasn't there. At any moment you just know it's going to start barking at you, you fucking faggot. But it never does. It kills you with silence. It rapes you with suspense. You love that. You love wondering. Put your life down cowboy. This shit is for real. This shadow doesn't hold back and now you're getting told what the fuck is up in this bitch, without any words at all. 2013, motherfuckers. Say something---you can't.

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7/15/12 12:53 PM by HELWIG

 "When I logged on to the UG today not a single one of the stories on the front page was about Dana or his opinions about which fighters were worthy. C'mon Kirik sort it out. This just isn't acceptable." Thats time wasted of your life which you will never get back. I dont want threads breaking down Anderson's striking set-ups that he uses to crumble elite fighters. I dont want UG news telling me about new team mergers or moves. I want one thing. D.(A)N.A.

LTL site profile image  

7/15/12 12:35 PM by LTL

The day is still young.Perhaps Dana is on PST today, so give him a chance for his daily address to his people.

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7/15/12 11:08 AM by rockwell

When I logged on to the UG today not a single one of the stories on the front page was about Dana or his opinions about which fighters were worthy.C'mon Kirik sort it out. This just isn't acceptable.

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7/15/12 5:56 AM by Macedawgg

 PPV should be nothing but Dana shadow-boxing---- Sure to sell at least 500k buys. . .