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Hard Sell: UFC Pushing Tonight’s TUF Grudge Match


(You don’t mess with a Southern man’s tobacco.)

It’s pretty customary for the UFC to send out an email on Wednesday reminding people that The Ultimate Fighter is on that night. What’s not at all customary is for them to hype that episode’s fight or even tell you what it is. The show diverged from its typically wooden format to make this week’s fight announcement at the end of the last episode, and now they seem hell bent on getting their money’s worth out of the grudge match between Matt Brown and Jeremy May.

This begs the question: is the fight really that good, or is the budding rivalry the only interesting thing that happens this season?

Hard to tell. The email claims that “everyone is shocked when two nice guys become fierce combatants in the Octagon.” That’s strange, because it seems pretty clear that Jeremy May is not a nice guy and everyone hates him, except for perhaps Cage Potato guest blogger Gerald Harris, who is just so damn nice.

In Matt Brown’s Inside Fighting blog this week, he revisited the old lime-juice-in-the-tobacco prank that first set things off:

I was actually using it all day. I was chewing all day and just thought that maybe it was a little bit wet and that maybe I had dropped it in water but it didn’t bother me at all.

If my friend does that to me, it’s a funny joke. Just last night we were at a bar and one of my friends emptied it out and put lime in it. I laughed about it because my friend did it.

But when you are my enemy, when we might be fighting one another soon, it‘s different. Me and Forrest had already discussed my possibly fighting Jeremy next if we kept control, in fact I’m pretty sure we had set that fight in the line up so I was already thinking about fighting Jeremy and that’s why I told him after that now I had a real reason to fight him.

Two points worth making here: 1) That’s a fair way to look at things. What’s a funny prank when a friend does it is downright assault-worthy when some jerk you don’t really know does it. Matt Brown makes a compelling case as this season’s blue-collar everyman. 2) Is this really what it’s come to? The show is so boring outside of the fights that this lime juice prank, which didn’t even really work, is a legitimate source of entertainment? The things we’ll sit through just to see a fight at the end.

Lastly, Matt Brown’s hanging out in bars, huh? That doesn’t sound like what you’d be doing if you had fought your way into the finals and were preparing for the championship bout. Things that make you go ‘hmmmm.’

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Aikura- May 15, 2008 at 7:17 pm
Re: Hangin' out in bars. Not the Chris Liben variety.
If you check Brown's blog http://mattbrown-mma.com/ he's been hosting TUF nights weekly at Buffalo Wild Wing's Grill and Bar in his home state. Wonder if they'll have spittoons out? Hmmm...road trip?
walrus- May 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm
Matt Brown's that sick shit
Blackleg- May 7, 2008 at 11:55 am
'Chewing Tobacco' (even though you don't chew it), Dip, Snuff (even though you don't snort it) and 'Skoal' as a generic term - and yes we still use it Pie. Even folks that ain't from the hollar! I'm not surprised he didn't notice it, the kind he was using was the apple-flavored I think. All the 'candy' flavored varieties are pretty foul IMO. They have a taste similar to cough drops. I'll stick the unflavored "Straight" tyvm.
Alex- May 7, 2008 at 10:26 am
I was really confused when they kept calling it "dip". I was like, wouldn't lime juice ENHANCE the flavour of houmous?
pieplough- May 7, 2008 at 7:12 am
I cant belive people still chew baccy, i mean.. i thought it stopped in the 1800's lol
Dr. Logic- May 7, 2008 at 1:48 am
Hanging out in bars, huh? Doesn't sound like blahblahblah...right?
Yes, no way he could go have a beer once in a while even if he were training.
Not even once. Never. Or even just go meet some friends to hang out, possibly not even drink or party too late. Nope, not options. Either you're a hard partying failure or a champ. No grey area at all. Blah.
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