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Old 09-06-2012, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is tuf running thin?

I looked over at the casts of tuf 16 and tuf slammers and I gotta say I was less then impressed. I don't see anybody on either of the seasons that will be a mainstay in the UFC, let alone top 10.
I think it's great to give these guys training and give them the opportunity of a lifetime, but I think viewership will drop or at least interest will drop

Sam Alvey is a solid MMA veteran, Jesse Barrett Jason South and Lev Magen are undefeated. Maybe also Kevin "Give Me Your Lunch Money" Nowaczyk is a good prospect. The other fighters seem like complete cans.
From the slammers it seems they got some undefeated fighters that only fought in Australia

Anybody elses impressions?
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have watched less and less of TUF over the years, started watching TUF Live regularly for the first 3 weeks or so but really lost interested near the middle of the show.

Not to mention having it on a Friday night just conflicted sometimes with what I had planned, and I really didn't bother to download the episodes after that.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I enjoyed TUF a lot more up to maybe series 8 or 9. Seem to be losing a bit of interest in it recently.
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They've been running thin for years - the TUF shows really do not interest me anymore... TUF Brazil rekindeled hope, but lead to a whole lot of nothing...

Not getting my hopes up, the concept is good, but the good fighters outside the UFC are being signed by smaller promotions like Bellator and Titan, and won't be on TUF as a result.

The show needs a break
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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When was the last time a legitimate contender came off the show? Honestly. I guess Dodson from two seasons ago but only because the light weights are soo thin. But before him there hasn't been anyone.

Nelson is not a contender, Bader not a contender, I can't even think of anyone else tbh.

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Old 09-06-2012, 05:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We haven't seen much in the way of contenders because we are still dealing with all the WEC and Strikeforce guys coming in and getting their shots. It also takes a while for guys to get that momentum to fight for the title.

Nate Diaz - 5 years
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^While this is true, I think you have to take into account how big the UFC has gotten. Guys are ALWAYS debuting in the UFC. Some turn out to be massive prospects for the title like Weidman, some dissappear never to be seen again. Years ago, it was a lot smaller so things like TUF could bring in more guys who are struggling to get the oppertunity at a UFC fight. Tom Watson is a prime example. He's really a nobody outside of UK MMA, and with his only big win being over Ninja Rua and almost losing to Alex Reid, he really has no noteable success. He easily could have been in TUF, but instead he's going to have his first fight on a UFC undercard, like multiple others. He might lose a few and disappear, but there will always be someone to fill that spot. The guys that get into TUF now aren't really prospects for the title, or people for the future, but more guys that have never really caught a break and now is a chance for them. The UFC believes that the high level of training might give someone the skillset to make a good UFC run, but 99.9% of the time, the fighter makes the training, and not the other way around.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Looks like of the favorites I listed for TUF 16 only Sam Alvey made it into the show. At least there were some knockouts
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Anyone got a link to watch the first episode online?
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Looks like of the favorites I listed for TUF 16 only Sam Alvey made it into the show. At least there were some knockouts
I watched TUF last night and it looked like it might be a good show this year, I think the behind the scenes stuff looks extremely stupid and childish, the potential of the fighters looks pretty good though.
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