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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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The drama and isolation of the training mansion is beginning to get old, in my view. This format actually detracts from the quality of fighters that can be included in the show because the producers seem overly interested in personalities rather than skills.

My idea -- Each week, feature a mini documentary showing a film bio of the fighter, where they come from, their story, why they fight, their families, etc. along with current interviews about the upcoming fight, then finish the episode with the fight. In the bio, the TUF camera goes to the home turf of the fighter and shows us where they really come from. They could include interviews with friends and family discussing how much it means to them that the fighter is appearing on TUF with a chance to make his dream come true. This could be a cool feature.

The fighters bring their own trainers, although having UFC coaches is still a pretty good idea. They all stay in a hotel, in their own rooms, with more freedom to move around. Each week, someone is eliminated, like now.

I say this would open things up to top talent around the world. Right now, the guys on the show are amateur level, for the most part. There are fighters around the world that are several levels above these guys, yet who haven't had a pro break yet. Get these guys on the show.

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The show has been good for the likes of Forrest and of course Bisping - coming from the UK he needed that mainstream exposure to boost his profile. There is nothing amateur about him. There always seem to be some guys who appear as fillers. I'm not sure if that is because of a genuine lack of skill and/or experience, or because they just lack passion for the sport and mentally don't prepare themselves.

The way they are in the house seems to be very like how a pro MMA fighter does things - they are essentially each others camps for the duration of the show. I would love to see the tasks come back though now that the Tito & Ken season is out of the way. Surely Randy will bring them back.

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showing a film bio of the fighter, where they come from, their story, why they fight, their families, etc.
This works well on the boxing show "The Contender"
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Can someone tell me how one goes about auditioning for the tuf seasons? We have a pro here in ohio that is pretty untouchable in the ring and I would love to see what he can do on the show and in the UFC. He is by far the most technical fighter I have ever been around and he fights in the light weight division. His record is an impressive 18-6 and he is on fire.
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I am guessing that there must be details on the Spike website when auditions are open.

It airs on Bravo over here in the UK and when the auditions were being held for TUF3 we had the details on the website and also on the TV channel during commercials.

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This works well on the boxing show "The Contender"
I liked it but it got canned after just the one season.

God knows I love Stallone, buit the format was a bit schmaltzy and 'Rocky' for my liking.

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I liked it but it got canned after just the one season.

God knows I love Stallone, buit the format was a bit schmaltzy and 'Rocky' for my liking.
umm the contendor did not get canned it switched networks.. the new season is getting ready to start.. not sure the new network I saw a commerical for it last night

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Aah sorry. I am in the UK and knew that the original network cancelled it - never realised that another network picked it up. Hopefully then it will make it's way over here as well.

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umm the contendor did not get canned it switched networks.. the new season is getting ready to start.. not sure the new network I saw a commerical for it last night
I saw the commercial and I want to say it was on SpikeTV or FSN?


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We don't have either - it got picked up before (season 1) on one of the basic free channels - hoping they pick it up again, it was cheesy but there were some decent fights in there.

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