I want them to make it work, it's nice to have free-ish fights on a Tuesday night in the summer and the concept is sound, IMO, as long as the talent stacks up. They should be signing people from the show to 1-and-done deals until they win one in the UFC or something and not let go of existing talent to let in more unproven talent. I guess it's easier said than done though, if people watch TUF they see the same people for 12 episodes over 3 months and if that isn't enough for them to catch on I don't know what you do other than maybe mention that they came from DWTNCS or TUF every single time they come out. Seems like past winners of TUF don't get it mentioned very often and people forget who they even are pretty fast. They should be saying so-and-so won whatever season of TUF every time they fight and try to make a bigger deal out of it. DWTNCS has the potential to be a fun TV show but not really a platform to promote unproven talent. Too many events per year and too many shows, it's nearly impossible to stand out. One show isn't enough to do the trick.
I don't know what they need to do, maybe put it on straight ESPN on cable so people can actually see it and it will be more significant. Maybe they need to turn it into more of a mini-tournament format so less people are signed and they get more than one appearance. People that are past the TUF stage of needing a whole season of development so it's TUF without the BS drama. If you do 5 fights a week with no filler for 8 (as it is now) or maybe a couple more weeks you could easily run a small tournament for a spot or two in each division over the course of a short season. Maybe winner gets a multi-fight deal and runner-up gets a 1-and-done deal where they get signed if they win their first UFC fight. That way it would be much more significant if somebody got signed and they would already have some hype built up for their debut. As long as people are getting paid for each fight and they are full length fights it's not really that much of a shame if they don;t make it, it's just like losing a bout at a regular show. The 2 round exhibition fights on TUF are pretty pointless and really don't amount to much in the long run, a real tournament would be much more significant.
Also have people back to try again if they don't make it (which they have been doing). People competed on TUF and if they don't win the whole season they tend to disappear forever.
I don't know why I typing so much long bullshit today other than I'm procrastinating on getting more productive shit done.
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