Posts Tagged ‘TUF’

MMA Madness

April 13, 2013

Every week now is fight week and not only that, but a great fight week every week. Madness? No, THIS! IS! UFC!

Coming up tonight is Ultimate Fighter 17 finale with Urijah Faber taking on Scott Jorgensen as the main event and also, of course, the finale of the Ultimate Fighter. Very exciting.

The week after that we have Henderson vs Melendez which is an insanely promising match-up that I have been wanting to see for a long time. Cannot wait for it.

And to wrap up the month, we have the main event of the main events: Jon Jones vs Chael Sonnen. I expect Sonnen to get killed here, or close to it, but I think it will be an entertaining fight from a fan perspective. Needless to say, April looks like the best month to be an MMA fan in a long time.

In all honesty, these two fights are more appealing to me than the others, but I know all of them will deliver entertainment for sure!

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The Ultimate Fighter entices again

March 18, 2013

For over three years now I have been whining on TUF and in this last season they managed to get my attention again with Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones. But it wasn’t enough to truly entice me completely. So I stopped watching it after a few episodes once again, but at least it got me to watch a few episodes compared to the previous season where I only saw 1-2 episodes.

And I didn’t plan on watching TUF 18 either. But then the shock announcement came. It will feature Rondy Rousey as the coach. With both male and female fighters in the house. Sick. And now I have to give it yet another shot. It seems UFC are learning on how to keep it interesting after all these years.

This beauty will be one of the next coaches for TUF. And I’m officially looking forward to it.

 

TUF is near dead to me

February 13, 2013

I thought that Chael Sonnen would save The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) for me. But so far he hasn’t managed to do that, and we are four episodes in and it looks extremely dark.

Sure, the first episode delivered some good fights. And the third episode delivered one of the sickest KO ever in TUF history. But what about the other 30+ minutes of the episode? It’s boring. They have cut down the time of training and tips from coaches and workout sessions and instead we get to see the fighters talking about their uninteresting personal lives and who they are fighting for. Spoiler: their families and kids. Zzzz, yeah, I fell asleep too.

I will give it one or two more episodes. Otherwise I might just watch the finale because this show has been dying for so long and the concept is just too monotone and dull and seems to be shifting its focus on the wrong things.

Why aren’t you trash talking brah? Why are you this new Chael?

The new TUF season surprises

January 27, 2013

So I finished the two-hour premiere of the new TUF season and it didn’t really offer any true insight to what the season will be like as it was the try-outs for who gets to be in the house and who doesn’t. But what I can say is that the try-outs were by far the most interesting ones in terms of the fights and the surprise of the season already for me was that Chael Sonnen has taken on a very professional and mature attitude. How will this affect the season? Good question.

I am sure most of you expected Chael to be trash talking in his usual way and hype things up but this was not the case for the two hours I saw. He was very mature, calm, collected and professional. Sure, he talked a tiny bit of trash but it was done in elegant style and a fun way. I was in shock. Will this be a friendly and boring season? I certainly hope not. Now I don’t know what to expect.

What did you think of the first episode?

Team Sonnen!

TUF: Jones vs. Sonnen

January 24, 2013

A new season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) has begun and you might remember me trashing the previous ones for getting stale, boring and predictable with clichés and boring… everything.

So can this season with the ultimate trash talker Chael P. Sonnen and the biggest talent in MMA history change it? We’ll see. I, of course, plan to watch this one (I didn’t finish the last one) from start to finish due to Chael.

I’ll get back to you with impressions after I’ve seen the two-hour premiere.

In my house there’s only team Chael Sonnen, of course.

TUF: Jones vs. Sonnen

October 17, 2012

Yesterday I blogged about how TUF has hit an all-time low in viewer ratings and how I feel that over the past few season the show has been dying.

Well, now the UFC has announced its upcoming season for January for TUF and the new coaches are Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, which means that Chael Sonnen has been setup for a title shot in his debute in LHW. Shocking? Indeed.

Chael Sonnen is the most entertaining fighter in the UFC in terms of talking skills. He is unmatched and knows how to promote a fight so that it sells well. It’s a fact. The numbers back it up. Dana White must have been desperate to try to boost the TUF ratings and this was the most logical choice out of them all. Now skeptics will watch to say how outrageous it is for Sonnen to be there without having a single fight at LHW. Now Sonnen fans will watch because they love him. Now Sonnen haters (and there are a lot of them) will watch it because they want to see him fail.

Will this ressurect TUF? No. It will not. That concept is done and done. It was created to promote UFC and make it grow. But the UFC is already growing own its own and so well-established that the TUF has served its purpose and should be cut. I understand TUF India and Australia and so on to promote the UFC abroad, but in the US, cut it please. I am sure Sonnen will be making a lot of funny comments and I will watch the next season (this one I already abandoned all my hope for) as I love Sonnen and will support him fully.

Only this man could talk himself into a title shot without a single fight in his new weight class.

The Ultimate Fighter hits a new low

October 16, 2012

I have long been complaining about how The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is getting stale and old. It hasn’t been truly entertaining in a long time and the concept feels old and overdone.

Every fighter has the same boring cliché story and it’s either “I came from poverty and this means everything” or “I am fighting my heart out for my child and family, this means everything to me” and it’s just so cliché and boring. I mean seriously, the fuck? The same shit over and over again.

And the new coaches Nelson and Carwin aren’t that entertaining personality-wise. Rampage vs. Evans and Koscheck vs. St-Pierre were hilarious thanks to the coaches pranks and whatnot. The fighters were always mediocre but now with boring coaches, boring fights and dying concept, I am no longer going to finish the season. It’s just too dull.

And apparently I am not alone in thinking this. The series has hit a new all-time low with only 624 000 viewers. Hopefully it stays this low and the UFC realizes that they have to do something radical with this show. Firstly, maybe hire professional fighters that behave and don’t have the same cliché story that millions of other fighters have already told.

The Ultimate Fighter: Cruz vs. Faber

March 18, 2012

Yet another season of The Ultimate Fighter has begun and this one is a unique one. In what way you ask? It’s shot live. Well, at least the fights are. So all the training and the looks of the people are current and not several months outdated like all previous seasons. A much needed change if you ask me.

Those who follow me regularly know that I have been complaining a bit about the last few The Ultimate Fighter seasons. So I truly appreciate the change that they made now. It keeps it fresh and more interesting. It makes it more fun to watch for some reason, I don’t know why, but it just does.

The coaches are two fantastic fighters that I like both. Cruz and Faber. Although for this season I am cheering for Cruz as he is my favorite over Faber, although I still like Faber a lot, Cruz is just more amazing in my eyes. The first two episodes started off real nice and I always learn something new watching this show which is the main reason I watch it in fact. And for the fights, of course.

Do you follow The Ultimate Fighter? If so, who’s team are you on? Team Cruz or Team Faber?

The 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter looks to be something special.

Team Mayhem

October 6, 2011

Season 14 of the Ultimate Fighter has come to its third episode and I must say, finally it’s entertaining again. The previous two seasons were rather boring and dull and I couldn’t be bothered to finish them. But thanks to Mayhem’s mayhem and Bisping’s lovely short fuse, this is a season I will most definitely follow.

Oh yeah, the fights are quite entertaining as well because of the first ever Bantamweight and Featherweight divisions. You probably guessed that I am cheering for Team Mayhem and hope that Team Bisping loses. And I hope Mayhem beats him in the finale as well.

“How can I start some mayhem?”

UFC 131

June 11, 2011

It’s time! UFC 131 airs tonight and we will be enjoying some highly interesting matches and one match that will result in a title shot. Exciting!

Shane Carwin versus Junior Dos Santos will most likely be a very quick slugfest or a long wrestling/jiu-jitsu grindfest. But as soon as one of these giant Heavyweights connects with their monster hands the other will most likely go to sleep. Carwin took this fight on short notice as it was originally slated for Brock Lesnar but Carwin has been training hard and looks better than ever in terms of conditioning. I’d call it the best 50/50 fight ever.

Kenny Florian  versus Diego Nunes will be a legendary fight for two reasons: once Kenny completes this match he is the only fighter to compete in four different weight classes. Impressive. Will this move down from Lightweight to Featherweight prove to be a mistake? Nunes is one of the toughest Featherweights around and the winner is certain to be among the top contenders for Aldo’s title.

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone versus Vagner Rocha. Cerrone is one of the top Lightweights in the world and is one of the most entertaining guys around. I am certain that he will pick Rocha apart and walk away as the winner. He is godlike.

Demian Maia versus Mark Munoz is tough to call and will most likely be a very boring grindfest or a quick submission match. Maia is responsible for one of the most boring fights in UFC history against Silva and I have no respect for him at all. He is a boring fighter and will have to pull of countless successive entertaining fights for me to change my mind.

Of course there is more, like Mike Massenzio vs. Krzysztof Soszynski on the preliminary card that I am sure will be entertaining as the Polish Experiment always looks for the KO. Be sure to watch UFC 131 tonight because I sure as hell will watch it.

I am very excited to see the new Carwin because I liked the old one a lot. Is this one better? He has lost 30 lbs.