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‘The Ultimate Fighter 16′ Preview: A Whole Lot More of What You Hate [VIDEO]

If you asked a longtime UFC fan what he — or she! — thinks of The Ultimate Fighter, they would likely tell you that the series has gotten stale. (Damn, have we really been complaining about this for over three years now? Time flies when you’re bitching.) It’s not that we won’t tune in to watch up-and-coming fighters slug it out for a spot in the UFC — although that Friday night time-slot is still a pain in the ass — but all the “house drama” officially got old around the Junie Browning era, and highlighting the contestants’ dumb frat-boy behavior makes the sport look worse.

So it’s unfortunate when you watch this new teaser for “Ultimate Fighter Fridays” (known to regular folk as TUF 16), and you realize that the show is actually doubling down on the stupid. Let’s run through the checklist…

- A dude getting up in another dude’s face in the kitchen. (check)

- A prank involving flour. (check)

- A prank involving a bed being moved outdoors. (check)

- An idiotic piece of trash-talk, made worse due to silly delivery. (“You got more stories than Dr. Seuss, ho-mee.” –> check)

- An obviously intoxicated dude trying to destroy the house. (check)

- At least one dyed mohawk. (check, see above)

- Dana White unable to believe what he’s hearing/seeing. (check)

Meanwhile, footage of coaches Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin is kept to a minimum, except for brief moments when Roy is swearing and Shane is telling one of his fighters to “BREAK IT!” — in other words, the moments that make two of the UFC’s brightest heavyweights look like meatheads. So either this is the most lunkheaded season of TUF yet, or FX thinks that making their show look like a Jackass out-take reel will help them bounce back. Whatever. Let me know who wins, I guess.

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FilmDrunk- September 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm
FilmDrunk- September 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm
BaghdadBob- September 12, 2012 at 6:57 am
TUF Brasil was good. They actually had some people in that house with a sense of responsibility and respect. Amazing, right?
Mr_Misanthropy- September 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm
But it has... moonbelly. Get me an IV of gravy and a case of PBR, stat.
Alan K- September 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm
Good to see there's no shortage of douchebags looking for attention this season. Can't wait.
Fried Taco- September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm
I'm hoping it will be more like the TUF Brasil season - more exciting fights with less house drama.
Buster Hyman- September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm
@viva smartest thing rampage could've done glover was going to whoop his ass. i hope he still fights in rio though.
RearNakedSpoon- September 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm
Mixed Meathead Asshole's?
ksgbobo- September 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm
Hey...I'm actually excited to see this one. The past few seasons have just sucked. The real question is how long can they keep up with this debauchery and yet keep us entertained.
Its like, watching Real Housewives or some shit. It just sucks you in...I mean, that's what I hear.
Viva Hate- September 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm
FYI Rampage is injured and out of UFC 153 in Rio.
Fried Taco- September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm
Jon Jones is stepping in for Rampage.