One episode in and I already like this season of the Ultimate Fighter more than the last 3 seasons combined.
- Wonderful production. Fox and the UFC continue to step it up with the quality of filming. No longer does it feel like a bad soap opera set (ahem, SPIKE) but a beautifully shot documentary that happens to be a reality event.
- The woman are here to dominate. I did not see one boring prelim fight. Sure, there were some sloppy ones – but those fighters were looking to finish. The men need to step up, I saw a few too many decisions to get into the house. When you are in a gym that has “Don’t leave it in the hands of the judges” over the door – why on earth wouldn’t you put on the fight of your life.
- A Family Affair. It was interesting that this year they allowed family members on set to watch the entrance fights. Although I thought I wouldn’t like that, it made the fights more authentic. Previous seasons the fighters battle in silence and it just appears awkward. With family cheering on fighters around the cage it felt more like an event.
- Tito & Ken reborn. Leading up to this season the comparison kept being made that the hatred of these two was that of Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock. But for me, the comparison goes much, much deeper. Meisha is definitely Ortiz – loud, brash and wants all the attention. It was clear from the moment she appears on screen this will be about her. For her sake, I hope I’m wrong and she proves to be as good a coach as Tito was in season 3. “Rowdy” Rhonda is definitely the Ken role – angry, quite, distant. Her near meltdown at the beginning showed me signs that she could be a bit too focused on her hate of Ms Tate that it could affect her overall coaching strategy. Again, I hope I’m wrong.
What did you think of TUF so far?