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(Misinterpret “rap battle” much?)

Nah, just playin’. The show could actually have potential, though it’s hard to make a final judgment based on last night’s episodes, which were focused on the teams and the fighter selection process. There were a couple surprises: Krazy Horse Bennett has apparently never trained for a fight and has only been in a gym twice, and Wes Sims somehow snuck onto the show, despite being a seasoned MMA veteran and caucasian. But to hold our attention for an entire season, we’d suggest two changes:

— The celebrity “team owners” should actually have to learn about and train for the sport; in particular, Juelz Santana could stand to benefit from some kettlebell work. Ludacris seemed to be the only one who showed any interest in getting in the gym with his guys. At the very least, MMA training would give T.I. something to shout at his fighters besides “kill the head and the body will follow!”

— Do not, edit, the fights. The second episode featured the show’s first match, but it was hacked down to just the “ooh!” moments. If there’s anything we’ve learned from IFL Battleground, it’s that fight fans want to see the whole thing.

Did anybody else catch the show? Thoughts?

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Mr.Soakingwet- March 20, 2008 at 4:34 am
I don't think that this show will neither help nor hurt MMA. the average american still looks at the fighters as crazed brut that don't belong in civilized society. Other than music videos middle america doesn't give a shit about BET. The only people piss and moaning are armchair fighter and closet racist.

Get a Mohawk and go choke out a guitar!!! It's just a TV Show!!!
cw- March 19, 2008 at 7:56 pm
I recorded it and fast forwarded through the rubbish - which was 99% of it. Perhaps I missed the part where they discussed the rules. They appeared to be fighting Pride rules - knees and kicks to the head of a downed man were legal - or at least the ref wasn't calling them...
Old, Bald and Irish- March 18, 2008 at 10:20 pm
I gotta admit, I thought it was OK. The first episode focused WAY too much on celeb coaches "We never lose...PERIOD!"...oh, gimmee a break.

I bet by episode 6, Crazy Horses team will have absolutely no wins, so Crazy Horse will dive into the ring and start tuning people up. I love that guy.

Ditto to Ludicris at least expressing true interest to interact/train with the fighters. Good move on his part.

T.I.'s idea of "just throw them in the ring and let them fight" is stupid. I thought the New York's team selection was a lot more intelligent for finding a good fighter.

Mayweather really did come off like a real ass. He is a great athlete, though.

And yes, don't edit the fights. It's not all about the knockout.

And I can't wait until next week to see that big mouthed complainer douche from New York get his clock cleaned.....sit down and shut up. Instead of "manning up", he turned into a crybaby chick that thinks they can fight.
Kimbo's Lice- March 18, 2008 at 9:29 pm
Also, the entire show should just be Shonie Carter speaking in pimp-rhyme.
tim sylvia's pussy- March 18, 2008 at 9:26 pm
and i thought it was really annoying how during the fight, every 2 seconds the camera goes to the rappers sitting there yelling shit at the fighters... shits weak
tim sylvia's pussy- March 18, 2008 at 9:17 pm
i thought it the show sucked.. the show focused way too much on the rappers, and they appeared to know nothing about mma what so ever... all they seemed to be concerned about is the standup game and they appeared to have no concept of the importance of a good ground game. and i thought it was ridiculous when the one coach said "i only want u on my team if u are gonna knock a motherfucker out. fuck that ground shit!" fuckin ridiculous... i wont be watching again i thought it was a disgrace to the sport...
Douchebaggery- March 18, 2008 at 7:41 pm
bad for the sport, rappers should stick to what they know...... bad music
Douchebaggery- March 18, 2008 at 6:58 pm
the show is weak. None of these hip hoppin beboppers know shit about MMA. Just show us the fights and spare us all the hype on these "team owners". True fight fans do give two shits about Floy Mayweather's 20 million A.K.A nick names or what T.I. considers a "straight up adn down warrior". Just show us the fights
Douchebaggery- March 18, 2008 at 6:47 pm
RIch S makes a goos point, I was embarrassed when that one guy was making such a scene at the fighter selections. it had all the dignity of a modern day slave auction
Douchebaggery- March 18, 2008 at 6:46 pm
the show was very bad. I'll give it another shot but the overall MMA ignorance is too much. the emphasis seems to be on quick ko's only and sloppy fighting. like a toughman contest with mma rules. some of the coaches have no mma experience? wtf is that
Rich S.- March 18, 2008 at 6:10 pm
so, basically, i was right when i said:


"---why do i have the feeling BET’s gonna give MMA a bad rep…
we’re gonna hear a bunch of:

“YEAAAAAA, SON!!!”

“AHHHHHH HELLLLL NAHHHH”

“WHAT NIGGA?? WHAT??”---"

i mean, that part at the end, when that guy was trying to get the fighter on his team.. i was getting more and more pissed off as that guy ran his mouth..
i just think it's funny that all the fighters stand there, quiet, and ready to fight.. but all the douche bag coaches act a fool..

and then it showed the preview of next week... when T.I. was saying if they're not the best they don't need to be on his team..
it pisses me off that these coaches are saying things like this.. and they don't even know what JJ, wrestling, or any other aspects of the game are..
they just know you can stand and KO your opponent..

i hope this show gets cancelled..
Blackleg- March 18, 2008 at 4:52 pm
It was about what I expected. Terrible production quality - don't try and get me to drink the "it's supposed to be gritty yo" kool-aid, let's hope at some point BET fronts them a few bills to rent some steadicam harnesses and mic windscreens so I can be treated to fewer armpit shots and blown speaker audio.

The self-importance of the "owners" is staggering, with the exception of Ludacris who, I agree, seemed the most genuinely interested in the sport over and above the posturing that the majority favored.

Do have to say I gave extra credit to the dude at the end that came out to fight with his puff in full force. Shame he didn't have better control or he would've taken dude out after that first flurry.

I echo the other comments though in saying it's too early to call it a bust. We'll have to see if they can get their shit together or if it devolves over the next few episodes.
TitoG- March 18, 2008 at 3:23 pm
I just want to Thai kick "Money" Mayweather in his face. Any one catch him bragging on about how he can make a million whenever he wants and how much his jewelry is worth. Damn I hate that fool.

And they should focus on the fights more and less on the celeb "team owners", but it's like that one guy said, I don't remember his name. You know that one black guy. LOL just playing, he said once money and stars enter the sport then the African American audience will follow.
Greg D- March 18, 2008 at 3:16 pm
I thought it was bad, we didn't even get to see any of the fighters untill the very end of the 2nd show. It focused more on the rappers than the fighters.
Greg D- March 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm
I checked it out and I agree that it is hard to make a judgement yet. I'll be checking in next week. I must say that I thought it was going to be horrible and it really wasn't.
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