Originally Posted by mrmyz
Hey guys havent had a chance to post about this but I was busy with finals and work and training. Saw an article online about the tuf 5 try outs at hard rock and I was there so I thought Id post my expereince for you guys.
Bassically they made it clear that the best fighters werent going to get picked for the show it was going to be the ones they thought had the best personalities for the show which I thought was uber gay. It started off with a grappeling competition and supposedly if you did good you would advance to the secound round.
I saw this kid get tapped out within 30 secounds and he made it to the next round and the guy that submitted him didnt. I submitted this other guy and we both made it to the next round and the guy didnt know what the hell he was doing on the ground.
Then when we got to the striking portion I was laughing my ass off at some of the people they were letting advance because there striking skills were pathetic at best. This is where I got disqualified and im a bit disgruntle about it because two of the guys that made it past are from american top team and we spar all the time and I completly kick there ass and have to teach them things lol.
All in all it was a real wake up call for me because I got to see what the mma industry was really like. I always thought that if you were a good fighter and you were very skilled you would make it to the top off of sheer skill alone but today I was really depressed when I saw that marketing was more important then anything. I talked with Dana White for a few secounds after asking why I was cut because my grappeling and striking skills surpassed alot of the people that made it past me and he told me you dont have the personality for the big leagues ...
that sucks man. im not surprised though. its not like you were trying out for the ufc really, you were trying out for the show. i think as a fighter you have to have some personality, if you cant market yourself you wont ever make any real money. if you beat guys that made it through, you should have said to dana something along the lines of "look i crush these guys sparring, and most of the rest of these guys arent on my level" be a little brash. hype yourself up a little bit, especially if you can back it up. you gotta do what you gotta do to get in. once you get there thats when it matters if you are a great fighter. no one will remember what you did at the try outs for tuf 5. anyway props to you for trying, and dont let this derail you. the path might be a bit shorter if yoiu get on the show, but in the end you have to fight harder to prove you deserve your spot than if you keep winning small shows and work your way in to the prelims. good luck.