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Has TUF run its course?

TadMcCowski2010-12-12 13:44:01 +0000 #1
Now I know from a business standpoint it's a cashcow and will probably continue for years, but it definitely needs an overhaul of some point. It just seems as though it's original purpose was to act as a feeder system and provide talent for the UFC. Now, though, it seems like it just produces mid-level fodder to clutter up divisions and cards. I mean honestly, does anyone think that guys like Ryan Bader or whoever that guy was who won the Bisping/Hendo year are worth a roster spot? That's not even including the fact that even the scrubs who lose seem to make it onto at least one card. I guess I'm just wondering now that the UFC has enough talent, what's the point?
NoNickName2010-12-12 13:56:42 +0000 #2
I think you have to ignore this season and last since this season was obviously thrown together to take advantage of the Kimbo ratings and last season was a gimmick to try to appeal to the UK and I honestly feel like they purposely didn't bring in the best US talent so that they could showcase the UK fighters. For the season before that both Bader and Escudero I feel like have some real potential. It doesn't work for finding heavyweight talents, because there really isn't the available talent pool of the other divisions. I would really love to see a WEC crossover season with lightweights and featherweights with the lightweights going to the UFC and the featherweights going to the WEC.
bubkusjones2010-12-12 14:01:10 +0000 #3
I think a reorganization may be a good thing, maybe focus on who would be a better fighter rather than putting people in who are more of an "interesting character" type like they seem they have been putting in, lately.
weeman2010-12-12 14:48:26 +0000 #4
i think you're right,,, tis a cashcow and will keep running until its dead.

talentwise i think the best thing ufc can do is stop tuf for about 5 years then go again
cheeto1012010-12-12 15:33:06 +0000 #5
I would like to see it become more about the fights, less about the drama myself. Instead of a couple months in a house, spread the filming out over a longer period of time, give the fighters more time to work on their skills (and cardio!) and really try and make it so the fighters that win are actually ready for real UFC competition (not like every generation, where it seems they need at least 1-2 years of feeders before they are hitting top 10 status, and very few have even done that)
Ash2010-12-12 15:26:37 +0000 #6
Every season has managed to give us 2-3 good fighters, I'm sure this one will be no different in the end.

I think with all the veteran fighters that auditioned for the upcoming season, this could be a good one.



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