Join Date: May 2006
Location: New York City, New York
What TUF Hasn't Done
Looking back at the guys who have come out of the Ultimate Fighter in the last few seasons, there is something that bothers me, and it is (in my opinion) what is killing the UFC right now.
On the first three seasons of the ultimate fighter they regular have people fighting out of their typical weight class. Guys like Guillard and Kenny Florian fighting well above their natural weight, as well as guys like Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine.
The Ultimate Fighter show has acted as a recruiting project bringing in some of the UFC's better guys, many of whom are expected to be the future of the organization, but look at the weight classes that these guys are fighting in:
Diego Sanchez (Welterweight)
Kenny Florian (Lightweight)
Mike Swick (Middleweight)
Forrest Griffin (Lightheavyweight)
Stephen Bonnar (Lightheavyweight)
Melvin Guillard (Lightweight)
Keith Jardine (Lightheavyweight)
Rashad Evans (Lightheavyweight)
Kendall Grove (Middleweight)
Michael Bisping (Lightheavyweight)
Notice anything missing. There are no heavyweights on this list, because the show has yet to bring in a good heavyweight fighter. Even the winner of the second season's heavyweight division isn't a natural heavyweight (Rashad Evans). The issue is that their recruiting in this division is weak.
Whether the UFC chooses to acknowledge it or not, their heavyweight division is weak. Even with Crocop coming over, they really need to use this show to recruit some high quality heavyweight fighters.
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