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.’