Should TUF be more like Iron Chef & Chopped?

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New Season of The Ultimate Fighter: First Impression

I have to be honest I don’t watch whole lot of reality TV. When the mood strikes me I may succumb to certain vices that makes my wife shake her head in disgust, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Mob Wives, Fight Factory, even Honey Boo Boo has caught my attention for a brief moment. But that’s the extent of it.

For most reality TV I have trouble relating to the characters or feeling sorry when hair extensions go flying during some wild dispute over men or a Facebook posting.

There are exceptions though.

Reality TV shows that focus on professionals competing against their peers in a showdown for bragging rights is something I can’t turn away from. Most of these shows air on the Food Network like Iron Chef, Star and Chopped. The focus being on quality instead of quantity, leaving out the drunken mishaps, the “You-don’t-know-me” antics and cat fights.

This week a new season of The Ultimate Fighter is upon us. A trailer for the upcoming season starring head coaches Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin shows grown men head butting one another, angry fighters throwing things at walls and multiple scuffles being broken up before escalating into full out brawls. 

Last season (with head coaches Dominik Cruz and Urijah Faber) the mischief and explosive bi-polar behavior that made past seasons a success was kept to a minimum. As a result the ratings took a dive (you could argue the Friday night time slot was a contributing factor). But this season looks to bring those Jersey Shore antics back with a vengeance.

Not to say I’m not a fan when two heated fighters get into an argument over urine in fruit (like in season 8), but there’s no pay off for me, just a bunch of talk and name-calling until they meet in the cage. And who knows when that will happen, or if it ever does.

The reason the cooking challenge shows on TV are so successful is because the competition is about professionals against other professionals. Their knife skills, flavor pairings and unique cooking styles are the focus. Not what occurs during their down time.

It would be interesting if The Ultimate Fighter took a chance and followed suit. Have the show focus on training and technique rather than the B.S. that happens inside the house.

Now I’m not saying completely dissolve the rivalries, because let’s face it, some of it is just good old fashion television, but tone it down some. My patience wears thin when I hear one fighter tell another he’s going to kill him. Then the next frame shows the same fighter crying on camera.

Fighters on the show have an amazing opportunity to learn from the best in the world. How cool would it be if those same fighters showed off the tools and techniques that made them a success during their pro fights? Then they would be an inspiration rather than some dude that was on reality TV.


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X_Rated site profile image  

9/14/12 1:05 PM by X_Rated

This... And I train enough on my own. I know what training looks like hah

supremexb site profile image  

9/14/12 12:43 PM by supremexb

 id rather watch them train more than house antics i find myself fastfowarding to the fights most of the time.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

9/14/12 12:07 PM by KingofBJJ

What a dumb thread and even dumber comparison to a cooking reality show.No one wants to sit in front a TV watching guys train. If we wanted that, we'd expect it to be females instead. Much like the Thai Boxing Reality show that kicked off Carino's career.Sorry, but we expect only two things when a bunch of guys are forced to stay in the same environment: drinking and fights.As with most men, the fighting has more to do with establishing territory and/or dominance.Of course when a girl, especially like Rousey, shows up, that changes things.

notsobigmike site profile image  

9/14/12 11:58 AM by notsobigmike

I don't think it has to be all-or-nothing.I understand that people like a little bit of house antics and it gives a chance for fighters to let their personality come out.But speaking for a so-called "hardcore" perspective, I'm more interested in seeing training stuff. My favorite parts are the guest coaches. Rousey coming in last season, or that drunken French kickboxer GSP brought in were highlights of the season, IMO.I also feel like it portrays the sport and the participants in a more professional light, and might appeal to the "gym rat" demographic.

Muzalini site profile image  

9/14/12 12:47 AM by Muzalini

BJ penn vs Pulver was the best season IMO followed by the comeback season

Damasta Shonuff site profile image  

9/14/12 12:35 AM by Damasta Shonuff

What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last season, which is the way he wants it... well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men.Cool Hand Ed nailed it.

cool hand Ed site profile image  

9/13/12 11:35 PM by cool hand Ed

Did you watch the last season of TUF? Thats exactly what it was. It was awful. There were no house antics. It was all trainig and 7 million cut in's to the guy getting his fucking hands wrapped or shadowboxing. Last season was fucking terrible. Best TUF season? Probably season 8. House antics? check. More than any other season? check. Quality fighters and good fights? check. You people who want to watch people just train fucking kill me. That is not what the general public cares about. And as important as all of us hard cores think we are....guess what? We're the minority. Please, for the love of all things holy, no more seasons like last season.

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9/13/12 4:22 PM by Nick Fury


notsobigmike site profile image  

9/13/12 4:11 PM by notsobigmike

Part of the issue with the house is production cost.It's a lot cheaper to have one crew in Vegas shooting this, than 10 different crews in 10 different cities, potentially all over the world.

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9/13/12 3:00 PM by grandchampion

dude you should watch masterchef, especially the current season...