(Ah, the good ol’ days…)
As the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter officially comes to a close this Saturday, we’re left with the same complaints we have nearly every season: The format is stale. The fighters aren’t UFC-level. Hey, weren’t the coaches supposed to fight each over? And while any asshole with an opinion can say that something needs to change, notable CagePotato commenter Chris "Viva Hate" Morse actually sent us some concrete ideas on how to fix the show. Read his thoughts below and let us know what you think. So crazy they just might work? Or so crazy that Viva Hate should go back to trolling the comments section?
With yet another dismal season of TUF winding down and fans once against asking if the show has run its course, it is obviously time for some improvements. The past two seasons have featured numerous fights that turned out to be large men hugging and slobbering all over each other due to a lack of cardio. The show that partially helped launch MMA into the mainstream is now weaker and weaker by the episode. Here is a list of ways that could help revitalize and reenergize this dying beast.
Season 4 of TUF was the "Comeback" season featuring UFC castoffs trying to get one more chance at glory. Why not take this one step further with TUF 13: The OGs? Bring back early fighters to train with current fighters for the contract. This would be great for two reasons. One, it would show just how far the sport has progressed from the early days. Two, who doesn’t enjoy a little nostalgia? At least we know Tom Lawlor would be glued to the TV. There is a list of guys who would most likely take the shot based on attempts in recent years to get back into MMA. A few names that come to mind are Dan “The Beast” Severn and Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov. Even giving Royce Gracie the invite which would bring in guaranteed ratings. Sadly, Joe Son and Harold Howard will not be available.
Next, bring back the team challenges from season 1. Why? Because it would be far more entertaining than watching five meatheads argue over who stole someone’s sandals for 35 minutes. Merge this with the aforementioned UFC legends, and who wouldn’t want to watch Royce and Severn compete against each other to see who can carry rocks across a football field quicker?
If my idea of bringing back the early pioneers doesn’t fly, why not bring in some fighters with mental/legal issues for a contract to a psych ward or money for legal fees. Imagine a season of TUF featuring War Machine, Karo Parisyan (unless of course he has tea with Strikeforce to sign a deal), Junie Browning, and Josh Neer. Sure, some of these guys have been told they would never fight in the UFC again, but would you rather watch them go insane or Kimbo Slice get slowly suffocated under Roy Nelson’s belly? Sadly, I will take the crazy people; even if the fights suck, at least the douche chills would be fun.
My next idea has a slight WWE-vibe, but could really test the fighters’ abilities: Add a bonus for each fight if they finish a specific way. I know the guys receive knockout and submission bonuses. Triple them if they finish by a specific submission or technique. This would be a good way for people to actually judge a fighter’s skills, and would push the fighters to show them off and not play it so safe.
And finally an idea that is long overdue, the Dana White Curse-O-Meter: A counter at the bottom of the screen to determine exactly how many times Dana gets bleeped for the season. Who has not been curious about this? I tried to figure it out one time but my abacus caught on fire.
Again, these are just rough ideas to help bring some sort of entertainment back to once great show. But even if the format stays the same, it’s still more fun to watch than XARM. Got any better ideas, smart guys?