TUF 18: Rousey vs Tate- The Preview

TUF 18

TUF 18 Preview

If you want the female preview, sorry, Just don’t know enough about them to tell who’s good and who’s not.

First the Rules of the Preview (As I said on the last show)

Ok, I’m going to be honest with you. I love me TUF.

But the irritating thing is the people they pick, they miss quite a lot of fighters that deserve a shot at TUF.

You want to know why the show isn’t putting out guys like it was?  The biggest reason is most of those guys are in Bellator now, the other reason is they pick guys to look good on TV.
There are 2 types of fighters that deserve to be on TUF.
Yes, I say DESERVE, cause its the type of show that can make a fighter a star, to a certain extent, Forrest Griffith was still getting PPV spots that a fighter with his record doesn’t deserve, even fighters that didn’t win the show have had great careers and even the ones that get bounced from the show still have that Ultimate Fighter bounce in booking local shows. I still think TUF is a big deal, and I am sure there have been quite a few guys to fight on the TUF finale that never, EVER would have gotten to fight infront of Joe Rogan and Mike Goldburg otherwise.

To me there are two types of fighters that “belong” on TUF.

1. Fighters with great records that are stuck in areas without quality competition. With Bellator coming to other markets, this is becoming less and less, but let me give an example of here. If a Fighter from Shreveport is really good, runs up a 6-0, 7-0 record. To be honest, there isn’t a ton of talented UFC caliber guys to face at some weight classes. Dustin Porier isn’t going to find many guys around here that can run with him (see why he went down to USAMMA and even Canada before the WEC even picked him up) If you are a 250 pounder and are straight trucking guys, you are going to build a fairly good run unless you goto Dallas or straight leave the area. I can BET you there are guys that I’ll see this year in CFC, USAMMA and the like in front of less than a thousand people that could beat half the TUF 18 class.

I bet there are guys all over the country that are in the same boat.

2. Guys that are piling up fights that are simply too far out to be seen normally. Look at Bisping, coming off a main event on FX. How many Brits in the UFC when he came around at TUF 3? Exactly? You got a guy fighting in WVA thats 15-1 in a weight class you need to fill?
Give this guy a shot. Got a guy in Hawaii that 17-0? Give him a shot, even if BJ Penn never heard of him. Got a 24 year old thats 21-2 in Oregon? Give him a change. With the fights to get in the house, you can do this more than you could before. Not many guys can quit their job to go fight in Canada or California. Take a month to get on a reality show for a chance of a lifetime? That’s a bit easier to pull off.

Faber’s got a guy that’s pretty good at his gym? F HIM, if he’s good, he’s GOT A CHANCE TO GET THERE. There’s a Blackzillian with a good ground game? F HIM, not like he’s got other paths to the UFC. Just ticks me off when Forrest Griffith’s Ju-Ju coach gets a shot that a DOZEN other guys within a hundred miles of where I’m sitting should get. (and a hundred miles of where YOU are sitting as well.) So with that out the way, lets look at the cast. Think Bubba deserved a spot in the UFC?

Please keep in mind, this isn’t anything personal to THESE fighters, but keep in mind what I said earlier.

NOTE: Who won  last time?

Kevin, who was 5-0. I got no problems there.

Chris Beal, 28, Somis, Calif.
7-0 Bamma Vet. No Issues.

Cody Bollinger, 22, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
14-2, Beat Cameron Dollar, and went to a NC with Din Thomas, has fought on Bellator.

Louis Fisette, 23, Winnipeg, Canada
6-1, Nothing wrong here.

Rafael de Freitas, 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
6-0, coming off a Draw. Only had 1 fight in 2013, didn’t fight at all in 2012. I kinda have a problem here. No, He’s not a Jackson’s guy.Davey Grant

Davey Grant, 27, Bishop Auckland, England
8-1, kinda funny how the only picture I have seen of him and he has 3 belts. His first fight was his only loss.

Tim Gorman, 30, West Des Moines, Iowa
8-2, Lost to LC Davis, been a pro since 2005(!).

Anthony Gutierrez, 22, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
OK, he’s 4-0, But all 4 of those fights were in 2011, WTF?? He is a Team Alpha Male product.

Emil Hartsner, 23, Luberod, Sweden
Also 4-0, but his are all since March 2012, From the same camp as Guffy.

Josh Hill, 26, Binbrook, Canada
9-0, This is the type of guy I want on TUF.

Chris Holdsworth, 25, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Also 4-0, He also went 4-0 as an Amateur, so here we go. Also Team Alpha Male product.

Patrick Holohan, 25, Dublin, Irleand
9-0 and He’s IRISH.

Sirwan Kakai, 23, Coconut Creek, Fla.
9-1, losing his first fight. Also a Swede. Now part of American Top Team.

Daniel Martinez, 28, San Diego, Calif.
16-4, has lost to  Joseph Benavidez.

Matt Munsey, 26, Hollywood, Fla.
4-1 coming off a loss. The guy that beat him? He’s 17-15.

Lee Sandmeier, 30, Knoxville, Iowa
8-0, kinda older, but hey, he went pro in 2009. Watch him. He’s NEVER SEEN ROUND TWO.

Mike Wooten, 24, Liverpool, England
7-0, Can’t complain there.

So good luck tonight!

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1 Comment

  1. I think they should change the format of TUF.
    Make the first part of the show about finding the guys.
    But not in their own gym.
    I want them to go to different Countries, find someone who is an awesome prospect and then bring them to TUF.

    Imagine the possibilities!

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