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written by Dave Doyle at mmafighting.com

http://www.mmafighting.com/ufc/2012/12/20/3787432/dana-white-next-tuf-house-is-terrified-of-one-guy

BURBANK, Calif. -- Dana White knows the drill by now. He's promised the greatest, most amazing season in the history of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) so often that such talk runs the risk of going in one ear and out the other.

But the UFC president couldn't resist making the pitch again Wednesday during a media luncheon. With the 17th season of the company's flagship reality show set to kick off with coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen on Tuesday, Jan. 22 on FX, well ... we'll let White take it from here:

"I know you guys are going to call bulls--- on me and all that," he said. "I told you guys, last season of The Ultimate Fighter was the worst season in the history of TUF. This next season is so awesome and so badass. We have a guy on this season of The Ultimate Fighter, every fight he's in, someone goes to the hospital."

If that's not enough to convince you to check out this nameless fighter who gives all his foes free ambulance rides, here's more:

"The whole house is terrified of this guy," White said. "F-- terrified. Everybody. I picked this fight, and this guy is lined up with the guy I'm telling you about, and the guy has a nervous breakdown in the house over the weekend. Has a f-- nervous breakdown. Freaks out and has a nervous breakdown. This guy scared the living s--- out of everyone. It's awesome."

White was equally exuberant about TUF's move from Friday nights to Tuesday.

"Fridays suck," White said. "I think it's the worst night on TV. It's supposed to be the second-worst night on TV. Saturday's supposed to be the worst. But, for instance, The Ultimate Fighter F inale on Friday, the one from Australia, did a million [viewers]. Saturday did 1.3 million. The male 18-34 demos were off the charts on Saturday night. I honestly think Friday night is the worst night on TV. ... You have people getting off work. No one gets off work on Friday and runs home and watches TV. You get off work on Friday, you're going out, no one's watching TV.

"Everyone has that Saturday where you're laying around and you'll watch TV on Saturday night or whatever," White continued. "Friday's the worst night for television. It's all older people watching TV on Saturdays. That's where there's all these myths when we do these things on Saturday, [people say] ‘Murder She Wrote' beat you on Saturday.' Of course they did. That's all the old people at home watching people on TV. Saturday night. That's why they beat us. But the male viewers in our demos are off the charts, number one."

But one entity's definition of success in a demo isn't necessarily the same as another's. White says he appreciates his television partner's willingness to switch TUF's run night.

"Everyone was taking about the death of TUF on Friday nights," White said. "Not for FX it wasn't. For us it was. It was terrible for us. But for them, they were top three all season in males 18-34 on a night when they'd be running a movie that would be hit or miss for them in different demos. So, believe me, they wanted to keep us on Fridays. They made me a promise that if the thing didn't pick up and the numbers didn't pick up, they'd move it. They stuck by their word. But the numbers on Fridays, they wanted us to stay there."

So, to go through our TUF checklist: Greatest season ever: Check. New fighter who will blow your mind: Check. New, more favorable timeslot: Check. What's left? How about something about the coaches?

"The chemistry between those two is actually really weird," said White. "It starts off bad, gets a little better, then it gets weird again. You know, Chael likes to play the bad guy."
12/20/12 12:09 PM
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Well... He got my attention at least. Tuesday night is the biggest thing though Phone Post
12/20/12 12:13 PM
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So since he says he picked the fight I guess that means this doesnt happen until atleast the second round.
12/20/12 12:14 PM
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Dana shakes the red cloth and TUF hobbles on for another crap season.


Have you seen it? How do you know its another crap season?

Everyone said that after TUF 11 12 13 but dana said TUF 14 was great and it absolutely was. Last two werent great, last season was the worst but that doesnt mean this season wont be good.
12/20/12 12:15 PM
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So there's one guy that might actually be good?
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Does time slot even matter that much anymore? I just DVR everything anyway. Phone Post
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Thanks for the heads up, Dana. I will tune in as always. I'm not being facetious either. TUF can't return soon enough. 

12/20/12 12:22 PM
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robopimp - Does time slot even matter that much anymore? I just DVR everything anyway. Phone Post
Was wondering this too. I rarely watch anything live. DVR it so I can skip the commercials. My little fuck u to the man. Phone Post
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I told you guys, last season of The Ultimate Fighter was the worst season in the history of TUF.

 

LOL

 

I certainly don't recall that.  I would love to see someone show me a quote where Dana says TUF 16 was going to suck BEFORE the season.  Sure, he says it now after it has already aired, but before the season it was the same old bullshit of 'best season ever', 'great fights', and 'tons of talent'.

 

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Hope the guy turns out to be the real deal.

Phillipe Nover had a TON of TUF-hype as well, and fizzled during/after the Finale.

Dana was comparing him to GSP and Anderson at the time, and watching his TUF fights, I think everyone was pretty stoked at Nover's potential.

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Tad Ghostal - So there's one guy that might actually be good?

That's what it sounds like.  I legit badass and 15 cans.  Isn't this kind of a spoiler though.  Basically when we watch the fights to get into the house we'll know one of the guys who make's it to the finale.  

12/20/12 12:35 PM
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I told you guys, last season of The Ultimate Fighter was the worst season in the history of TUF.

 

LOL

 

I certainly don't recall that.  I would love to see someone show me a quote where Dana says TUF 16 was going to suck BEFORE the season.  Sure, he says it now after it has already aired, but before the season it was the same old bullshit of 'best season ever', 'great fights', and 'tons of talent'.

 


Of course he aint gonna say that before, thats basically saying dont watch but i dont recall him saying it was a great season or the best like he has done in past seasons.
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Dana shakes the red cloth and TUF hobbles on for another crap season.


Have you seen it? How do you know its another crap season?

Everyone said that after TUF 11 12 13 but dana said TUF 14 was great and it absolutely was. Last two werent great, last season was the worst but that doesnt mean this season wont be good.
TUF has sucked since like... Season 5. 10 was good. But 14. I don't have any idea what season that was. Lol Phone Post
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DWray - Hope the guy turns out to be the real deal.

Phillipe Nover had a TON of TUF-hype as well, and fizzled during/after the Finale.

Dana was comparing him to GSP and Anderson at the time, and watching his TUF fights, I think everyone was pretty stoked at Nover's potential.


Nover was the guy who immediately leaped to my mind as well.

 

Dana was calling him the next Anderson Silva.  Then he not only failed to win TUF, he went 0-3 in the UFC and got bounced.

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Dana shakes the red cloth and TUF hobbles on for another crap season.


Have you seen it? How do you know its another crap season?

Everyone said that after TUF 11 12 13 but dana said TUF 14 was great and it absolutely was. Last two werent great, last season was the worst but that doesnt mean this season wont be good.
TUF has sucked since like... Season 5. 10 was good. But 14. I don't have any idea what season that was. Lol Phone Post

TUF 8 was good, 10, 14 was the FW/BW season with Bisping/Miller, the last season on Spike.

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Uriah Hall. i know for a fact that he once broke the leg of a dude on his own team when they were sparring.

(actually, he did it just by checking a leg-kick, so maybe it's not that impressive.)
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DWray - Hope the guy turns out to be the real deal.

Phillipe Nover had a TON of TUF-hype as well, and fizzled during/after the Finale.

Dana was comparing him to GSP and Anderson at the time, and watching his TUF fights, I think everyone was pretty stoked at Nover's potential.


Nover was the guy who immediately leaped to my mind as well.

 

Dana was calling him the next Anderson Silva.  Then he not only failed to win TUF, he went 0-3 in the UFC and got bounced.


Yeah that was funny, Nover was the second coming of GSP/Silva, a hybrid monster nurse who would beat everyone.

And this guy on this season doesnt even sound like a great fight just some scary dude who has everyone shook. It should be entertaining but it doesnt mean this guy is a great fighter. Who knows if he is even in the finals, probably not.
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That's what it sounds like.  I legit badass and 15 cans.  Isn't this kind of a spoiler though.  Basically when we watch the fights to get into the house we'll know one of the guys who make's it to the finale.  


Spoiler? Maybe. Didn't say the guy wins all his fights. You can send someone to the hospital and still lose.
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the tuf 16 finale last week pulled 1.3 million viewers...  the last tuf finale on spike pulled 2.5 million viewers and peaked at 3.5 million beating UFC on fox 3 and ufc on fox 4.

there better be a killer in the house... zuffa needs to get back to the basic cable numbers they were pulling on spike otherwise every fighter is gonna be forced to go through a chael sonnen communications bootcamp to get a fight.

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Does the scary guy get beat in his second or 3rd fight??
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I hope Eddie Alvarez has been sneaking into the TUF house wearing a mask and beating people up or something, becoming a sort of living nightmare for these guys.

That's what the TUF house needs - an actual monster, or some sort of supernatural threat.

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