– That high-pitched dramatic gladiator singing intro. Trash talk between the four. Serra looks like a skeleton more than ever.
– Din Thomas and Rich Clementi are going to be on this card. Heavy rock music. It’s a nice change from the Limp Bizkit TUF intro.
– Cote needed several hours to cut weight. He needed to weigh in multiple times before successfully meeting the 186 pound maximum. Visibly dehydrated.
– Does Goldberg have a sore throat? He sounds completely different. It’s low and hollow.
– First fight will be Jorge Rivera vs. Edwin ‘Faucet’ Dewees. Goldberg fails to mention Bam Bam’s infamous cut. Jorge is supposedly making a push to move up the rankings.
Prediction: Jorge Rivera wins by knockout. Much better to predict when I do not have editing to distract me.
Jorge Rivera vs. Edwin Dewees
Edwin and Jorge circle. Jorge fires a leg kick that lands. Then a looping kick that misses. Edwin has yet to fire anything. Both of them are bouncing on their feet. Edwin misses with a weak kick. Jorge lands a right hand then clinches. Edwin has him against the fence. Jorge attempts several punches but Edwin blocks by having his hands up. I imagine they still hurt. Jorge fires a leg kick. And another. Jorge takes ahold of Edwin and fires shots. Edwin is covering against the fence doing nothing while Jorge penetrates the barrier a few times. They move into the centre of the ring where Edwin is aggressive. He gets Jorge covering up cowardly against the cage. Jorge lands a subtle shot that drops Edwin to the ground. Bam Bam is in the fetal position. Edwin has done nothing to fight back but looks like he is playing possum–referee hops in to stop the fight. Edwin’s strategy backfired. Jorge wins.
– Edwin is pissed. Jorge is very calm as he thanks Jesus and a bunch of other random things. Nothing really to note in this interview. I guess it was somebody’s birthday and he is thinking about a close friend? I don’t know.
– GSP and Hughes hype. Clip from UFC 63:
GSP: Matt, I am not impressed by your performance.
In TUF 1 they watched Hughes submit GSP with one second left in the round. What highlights will they show in TUF 5 for this fight? We shall see.
– Din Thomas vs. Rich Clementi. A lightweight bout! Both have dropped down in weight. Rich looks scary. That goatee. I bet he no longer trains with Pete ‘The Tease’ Spratt.
CLEMENTI: I’d like that spot, Pete.
SPRATT: Okay. Maaaaybe I don’t have the willpower to fight again, Rich.
CLEMENTI: So I can fight?
SPRATT: Nah, I’ll fight and get my arse kicked again.
Oh, fight time.
Din will win by submission is my prediction.
Din Thomas vs. Rich Clementi
Din and Rich circle. Thomas lands a punch. Only strike after thirty seconds. Rich is leading the circling motion. He nearly trips. Both throw overhands. Rich fires a punch-high leg kick combination. Rich throws a couple punches. Din is looking to counter. Thomas blocks a quick head kick from Rich. Din leads in with a quick combo. Thomas lands a heavy right hand on Rich’s face. Rich misses with an overhand as Din ducks to fire a shot of his own. Rich clinches as Din puts him against the fence. Thomas creates distance to sneak in a few shots every once in a while. They continue to dance along the fence. Din throws a knee. Mazzagatti splits them up and restarts the fight. Rich is firing some punches but nothing lands. Din lands a great punch on the chin and drops Rich. Thomas swoops in to land a few more punches. He is in Rich’s guard until he gets bored of it and stands up. Din lands a great combination on Rich’s head after they stand. Rich tries to Muay Thai clinch and simultaneously do a flying knee but the knee misses. Din gets in a few more punches. Rich sneaks in a great leg kick. And another. Din winces. Body shot lands on Rich. They clinch and Rich is on top in Din’s guard. End of round one.
We see some instant replays. Din likely won round one. Both are trying to land kicks and punches but nobody is connecting. They dance. Din ducks to clinch but Rich backs up. Lazy spinning backfist by Rich. Rich lands some GREAT shots on Din’s face. Clementi attempts a kick but slips and Din takes advantage of it to get into Rich’s guard. Full guard. Din uses some hammer fists. Both stand on their own accord and clinch against the cage. Rich is on the fence. Furry by Din. Good boxing. Rich counters with a couple knees in the clinch. Din is getting the better of it by dirty boxing. They wander off into the centre. Rich’s hands are dropping. Din is landing punches that Rich is nowhere close to blocking. And another. Wild swings by Rich. Clementi is giving up. Rich is backing away. No movement as Din does uppercuts and jabs. They clinch and Din gets full mount very quickly. Gets Rich’s back. Rear naked choke.
Oh my! I’m 4 for 4 after two fights! As Ian from TAR 3 would say, “Hoo-rah!”
– Both commentators agree it was a very dominating performance by Din Thomas. Rich ends TUF 4 with two losses. Ouch. Maybe Spratt wanted to save Rich the humiliation of losing twice on national TV.
– Din says he is ready for a shot at the title immediately.
– Mr. International is in the crowd! He isn’t fighting unfortunately.
– Pete Sell and Scott Smith are the next fight. Sell trains under Matt Serra. He submitted Baroni but lost to Quarry. They say a bunch of other crap.
– Prediction: Drago wins by submission against Scott Smith. Camera is checking out any younger blonde female they can find in the crowd. I wonder if the cameraman is paid on a commission basis of getting females on camera? It sure seems that way.
– While I talk about horny cameramen Buffer introduces the two fighters.
Pete Sell vs. Scott Smith
They high five. They waste no time to circle. Drago leans in for a punch. Scott rounds out with some kicks. They are both throwing plenty of strikes. Both kick at the same time to hit each other’s legs. Both are also doing an excellent job of dodging their punches and kicks. Scott lands a good fury with a mix of punches and kicks. Drago defending. They stop for both to clap as hard as possible before high five’ing each other. They both shout. Seconds later they throw an insane flurry of punches. Jabs galore. This is a ridiculous pace. Kicks by Drago. Kicks by Smith. Jabs by Drago that miss. A combination by Drago that Scott backs away from. Scott comes in close to land some good punches. They clinch then break up. They high five again. Kick from Drago that misses. Scott lands a punch. Another good back and forth of punches. Geez. Clinch. Drago hunts Smith’s feet to come down with Marco Ruas foot stomps. I wonder how effective the foot stomps are? They punch against the cage until they drift to the centre of the octagon. Smith misses a giant spinning head kick. Scott misses a kick then lands a significant punch on the jaw that drops Drago. Scott swoops in to finish but Drago gets up and is against the cage. They are back at the centre of the octagon. Punch after punch as they clinch and break the clinch. They clinch again where they take turns landing punches on each other’s body. They take a good minute to talk to each other after the round. This is ridiculous. Both are cut and bruised up yet they are laughing and smiling. Finally both are in his corner.
– Start of new round. They wait fifteen seconds before throwing their kicks. Punch by Drago. Jab by Scott. Borderline superman punch by Scott that nearly landed. Commentators remind us how tough it is to be in the house without any outside contact for six weeks. Right hand by Scott. Smith feints an elbow. Drago comes in to land two solid punches on the chin. Few seconds before Scott connects with a head kick. Drago closes in to land a couple combinations against the cage. Scott counters by circling with a smile on his face. Missed jabs by Drago. Pace has slowed down considerably. Jab by Drago while Scott jumps in with a few punches. Inside leg kick by Drago. Both miss with straight rights and lefts. Punch by Drago misses.
Holy crap. Drago lands with a GIANT punch on Scott’s rib. A GIANT punch. Scott lowers his hands and puts it on the rib that Drago just tore in half. Drago sweeps in to kill but Scott instantly fires a HUGE punch on Drago’s chin and Drago tumbles down to fall asleep. Scott throws in a couple punches before Big John stops the fight. As soon as Big John ends the fight Scott is on his back in pain while Drago is confused why the fight was stopped. Drago is standing while Scott is in a ridiculous amount of pain.
Craziest. TUF. Finish. Ever.
Hughes submitting GSP with one second? Nah.
Fedor submitting Randleman after Randleman back suplex’d him? Nah.
Kongo going from being knocked out to knocking the other guy out while still in a daze? Nah.
The double KO finish between Hughes and Carlos Newton? Nah.
Sakuraba becoming the first MMA fighter to defeat Royce Gracie after over an hour? Nah.
This is the most unorthodox fight I have seen. Both high five, smile, laugh, and even hug while they push for one of the fastest paces I have witnessed in a battle. Then an ending where somebody lands a body shot that makes the other guy drop his hands entirely for a good two to three seconds only to have one punch left in their system and that punch happens to KNOCK THE GUY OUT?! Insane.
Well I drop to 4/6. Who knew the most unpredictable finish would occur in one of the four MMA events that I blog about.
– That is one of the best highlights I have seen. Wow. So good.
– But we most move on. We see the brand new middleweight champion in Anderson Silva. He will face Cote or Lutter. You mean Rich Franklin is no longer an option?
– We follow behind the scenes in the life of Cote and Lutter. We see their fiances who both cook and domestic. Lutter gives money to his son who is in behind bars in his bedroom. I hope for Lutter’s sake that this is not parental foreshadowing in a few years.
GOLDBERG: They say Lutter is one-dimensional. Well he is not. He is good in that one dimension: Jiu jitsu.
Uh isn’t that the definition of jiu jitsu?
– Prediction: Lutter will win with his one-dimensional jiu jitsu by submission. Middleweight finale. Here. We. Go.
Patrick Cote vs. Travis Lutter
Both are dancing around. Cote with a jab. Lutter comes in for the takedown against the cage. Cote is defending well. Lutter works Cote onto the ground. Cote is attempting a kimora but it looks nowhere near coming into fruition. Lutter is in Cote’s half guard. Pace is paralyzed. Lutter squeezes his legs out into side control. Cote spins out but Lutter takes his back and inserts the two hooks. Very close. Cote is bucking and nearly gets out but Lutter switches for an armbar and yanks it out into submission.
Yep. Quick submission. Lutter wins a shot at Anderson Silva. Not much competition for Silva if you ask me.
– DANA: Congratulations, you get to face against the winner of Hughes and GSP–I mean you will face Anderson Silva.
– Lutter wins a car, a watch, 100k with Xyience, 100k grand prize, and to step into the ring with Anderson Silva. Biggest prize ever?
– Coming up next: Matt Serra vs. Chris Lytle.
My brother figured out why they did middleweights before the welterweights. It is because Matt Serra was shown up and so huge that the two invisible fighters of Cote and Lutter were told to fight first. I refuse to believe Matt Serra’s screen time was swallowed up by the general viewing public.
– GSP and Matt Hughes interview. They replay the same ‘I was not impressed by your performance’ sound byte. I typed it into YouTube. That’s a lot of freakin’ views.
– After ten minutes it’s time for the main event. . .hype. Because we have a prelim first!
Thales Leites and Martin Kampmann. This fight must end quickly. Submission by Leites?
– Bruce says it is the first preliminary fight. It must be ridiculously memorable.
Leites vs. Kampmann
Leites goes for a clinch. Kampmann throws him away after a few seconds. Leites comes in for another clinch. Kampmann is against the cage. Martin is squirming out of the clinch and spins but Leites has him against the cage almost immediately. They do some weird UFC Waltz as they keep spinning until Kampmann throws Leites again. Kampmann comes in for a few punches and kicks but largely miss. Commentators mention Mike Pyle as opposed to Mike Kyle. Leties lands a huge right to drop Kampmann. Leites comes into the guard but decides to stand up. Thales’ game is to clinch because he pushes Kampmann against the fence. Martin spins to have Thales against the fence. They split up and go to the centre of the octagon. Leites shoots in but Kampmann defends yet again. They are clinched against the cage. Leites finally takes Kampmann down. Leites moves into half guard then full mount. Then back into half mount. Joe thinks Leites will go into full mount. He does. Kampmann puts on a butterfly guard. Leites is in side control. Then guard. Then side control. No punches down. This match is all in the hips. Leites spins around to get to his feet. They clinch for the millionth time. Yves brings them to the centre of the octagon. End of round one.
Start of round two and Leites starts by punching immediately. Kampmann is running away. More punches by Leites. Kampmann fires a kick and an overhand that misses. Few punches and jabs by Kampmann. Leg kick by Kampmann. Couple punches by Leites that largely miss. Leites feints then goes for a takedown that is defended by Kampmann. They clinch. Legkick by Kampmann. Punches by Kampmann. Leites is jabbing. Kampmann fires leg kicks that connect. Head kick by Kampmann but partially blocked by Leites. Thales is moving slowly. An uppercut misses but Kampmann counters with a left hook that lands. Huge leg kick lands for Kampmann. Body punch by Kampmann. Leites is exhausted as his head keeps leaning forward into Kampmann’s hits. Kampmann fires a punch. Both have bloody noses. Good combination by Kampmann. He lands on the chin. Leites is unable to counter with much. Kampmann lands a head kick and a leg kick. Leites nods in acknowledgment. Another kicking combo by Kampmann. Leites is gleaming with sweat. A huge right hand by Kampmann. Leites falls to the ground inviting Kampmann to the ground game but Yves invites him back up. End of round two.
Leites comes out to fight but Yves pushes him back to his corner for a few seconds. And we’re on. Leites falls to the ground but Kampmann does not entertain the thought. Kampmann fires a leg kick and a straight red without defense from Leities. Thales comes out of nowhere to be aggressive against Kampmann. They clinch against the cage. Thales has yet to learn his lesson as Kampmann defends and Leites slumps to the ground. Yves invites him back up. Thales lands a couple punches but Kampmann fires a punch that drops Thales who looks dazed. Kampmann comes in for a few follow-up punches before standing back up. Huge punch by Kampmann only a few seconds later. They sprawl on the ground as Kampmann jabs a few times until standing up. Joe says one more shot to Thales’ jaw and he will go down. Kampmann fires a shot at Thales’ jaw. Thales does not go down. Kampmann fires a few punches on Thales’ wide open face. More leg kicks. Thales is swinging for the fences. They sprawl again as Thales goes to the ground but Kampmann must remind him that he is not interested. They stand back up to exchange a few strikes. Thales is walking dead. A zombie has more life than him. They clinch as Leites slumps to the ground and Kampmann has a few strikes before standing up. A few unanswered kicks and punches by Kampmann. Thales stumbles around until he falls for the millionth time. Yves says if he does not stand up he’ll stop the fight. Thales stands up and the round ends. There are few fighters who have survived such a beating.
– The decision: Kampmann wins by a wonky unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 30-28).
– Joe interviews our favourite (and only?) Danish MMA fighter. And not the type of danishes Tank Abbott or Butterbean eat prior to a MMA fight. And Emmanuel Yarbarough.
– Time to meet our welterweights. Lytle is a fireman and throws his kids by their feet onto couches. Another son likes sports. Chris splits between firefighting and training.
– Serra time. Matt is eating food. He introduces his brothers, parents, and sister. They are crammed into a tiny house. Oh, and he is engaged to an Italian woman. We are shown his gyms where he is the sensei. Sensei Serra? Say that ten times fast. Whoa. His clip is over already? Since when did he get short-changed for airtime?
– Bruce introduces our fighters. Herb Dean is our referee. I predict Serra by submission.
Serra vs. Lytle
They feel each other out. Serra goes in for the takedown but Lytle defends as he is against the fence. Foot stomps by Serra. Lytle eventually pulls away but Serra maintains the clinch and pushes him against the fence. Elbow by Lytle. The audience is shouting to cheer for Serra. Meanwhile a weak following chants Lytle. They are likely hipsters. Serra lands a huge strike on Lytle’s face. Two minutes later and they are still clinched. A couple more foot stomps. Now there’s more of an emphasis on grappling. They are exploring the octagon as they remain clinched. Lytle took Serra down! Wow. Serra is on his back. And then they freeze. Lytle proceeds with caution. They motion towards the cage. Serra is very close to pulling off a submission from the bottom. Lytle pulls out immediately and they are back on their feet. After about ten seconds they charge in to clinch. Knees and jabs thrown in the clinch by both fighters. Serra pulls him to the ground but Lytle snaps back up. Serra gets up and misses with a superman punch End of round one.
They touch gloves. Serra and Lytle are circling and are unsure about how much distance they want. Lytle comes in for a punch that misses and Serra counters with a couple hits of his own. Lytle answers and it is clinch. Somehow they find their way back to the fence. Foot stomps by Serra. This is not change it’s more of the same. At 1:30 Herb Dean splits them up. Thank God. They are now circling. This is easily the worst TUF finale fight I have seen. Oh, an exchange. Serra fires and Lytle counters. Then Lytle fires and Serra counters. Both go fore wild punches but neither hits. Serra fires a superman punch but misses. Serra feints then they clinch. Crap. Lytle spins Serra into the cage and Serra nearly takes him to the ground but instead both fall side by side. I say that is a draw.
Round three. Lytle fires a punch. Spinning backfist by Serra! Then a superman punch into a takedown for Serra. Matt is in Lytle’s guard. Serra has enough strength to pick up Lytle and pounce him down. He stands up halfway again trying to create distance and slam down Lytle but Lytle falls back to the ground. Herb warns about being stood up. Serra goes out of Lytle’s guard then launches back in immediately hoping they don’t get stood up. Herb wait’s a few seconds then does it again. They circle on their feet before throwing some punches in the clinch. Lytle throws down Serra. Matt hops on his feet and they are back into the infamous clinch. They dance around until Serra has Lytle in the cage. Ugh. The audience is on Lytle’s side. Chris launches a knee into Matt’s stomach. The best strike all round sadly. Lytle has Serra’s head pushed down. Serra is headlocked. Matt slips out and the clinch resumes. Lytle throws Serra down and swings wildly but misses. They break up and walk to the centre of the octagon. Matt fires a looping kick that only connects with air. End of round three. Joe Rogan says it should be a draw.
30-27 Serra, 30-27 Lytle, 30-27 Serra. Therefore Serra wins. Lytle crumbles down and cries. Serra kneels down to congratulate him.
– Dana has to announce all of the prizes Matt Serra won over the massive boos reigning down on the octagon. And that’s the end of season four. Sour note to finish.
1) Edwin DeWees vs. Gideon Ray (As Dexter said in the hotel room during season one: “So much blood. . .so much blood”. I have seen some blood baths in the UFC but that fight should be PVR’d by John McCain. Anybody who is advocating against the UFC needs to show this fight to those on the fence and they will agree to ban UFC once and for all. The fight makes history for being the first to go to sudden victory which means five fewer minutes of showing promotional crap leading up to the fight or redundant s— in the house. It helps that both fighters are even and seeing DeWees overcome bleeding out a quarter of his body was impressive.
2) Chris Lytle vs. Pete Spratt (The short and sweet fights need to be sprinkled in any season of TUF. Lytle picks up the first submission as he uses a rare armpit choke to gain the victory. How many armpit chokes can you claim to witnessing? Go ahead. I’ll be here waiting.
3) Din Thomas vs. Mikey Burnett (Mikey “Nothing Bothers Me-But What Bothers Me” Burnett’s return to the octagon. Seven years! It was neat to see old school fight competitively against new school. It turned out to be old school’s striking vs. new school’s ground game. Din was getting hit but Mikey was made a fool on the ground. Both wished to bring the game into their realm and Din succeeded. A slick triangle choke gives him the win and earns himself a decent slot in this fight ranking.)
4) Mr. International vs. Rich Clementi (Season premiere fights are typically a dud, or in the case of Kenny from TUF 2, they don’t happen at all. This one is the first to break the disappointment streak. These two were even and had some good exchanges during the fight. This battle neither excelled nor failed, and is a great way for viewers to orient themselves and look forward to seeing what the season has in store. Also, International nearly tops Leben’s urination and drunkenness for most outrageous season premiere. Nearly. Urine trumps cubic zirconia when it comes to TUF. Sorry Shonie, but I don’t make the rules.)
5) Mr. International vs. Matt Serra (A six year re-match in the making. International dominates the stand-up while Serra dominates the ground game. Both fighters were fighting for position in every second of that fight. The only points taken away from this fight is a rather lacklustre third round. That is a reality of fighting in the UFC when you go full throttle in the first two rounds. Although Matt Serra says I can’t have an opinion on that because I have never personally fought in the UFC.)
6) Patrick Cote vs. Jorge Rivera (Arguably two of the biggest names in the house square off. Cote’s upward kick was pretty neat. Neither fighter was imposing their will entirely on the other. Although Cote was the clear winner there were several times where Jorge was very much in the fight. Add in the fact that I liked both fighters prior to this fight and you have a match that delivers quite well. They were both very good on the ground.)
7) Scott Smith vs. Travis Lutter (It’s not a bad fight. A textbook rear naked choke in a little over a minute won’t go down as being too memorable. If this were season two I believe this fight would be near the top for pre-finale fights. However, this season has put up excellent match-ups that this fight had too much of an expectation for it to avoid the bottom. Good on Lutter for faking that punch. Great technique.)
8) Matt Serra vs. Pete Spratt (This fight was one-sided. Luckily it ended after four minutes because Spratt was not doing crap. It would be higher if Serra advanced position faster.)
9) Edwin DeWees vs. Patrick Cote (Again this fight was largely spent with Cote in half mount. Luckily Cote stood up enough times and traded with DeWees on his feet. Sheer dominance but did it in a more exciting fashion. A couple of near submissions and we all love to see a cut open up. It is too bad the second half of the season had this many weak fights in a row. Perhaps things will change with the finale?)
10) Patrick Cote vs. Travis Lutter (It was a slow pace although the fight finished quickly. Very anti-climatic for a finale fight. The submission saved us from too boring of a fight. Underwhelming.)
11) Pete Sell vs. Charles McCarthy (These guys were not the most conditioned of fighters. They were moving progressively slower as the fight went on and were too willing to take it to the ground and stall. There were some close submissions. A sudden victory round is great but not too great when the fighters have nothing more than thirty seconds worth of fight in them. This is one of the best seasons for fights if this is the worst fight as of episode six. Gotta love McCarthy’s farewell that was essentially cut short for time. It reminds me of a Survivor contestant’s cut-off final words.)
12) Chris Lytle vs. Din Thomas (One of the least beat up I have seen two non-heavyweights exit a fight. They threw plenty of strikes but none of them appeared to have an impact and few connected. They were restarted three times during the fight. Nobody worked for position on the ground to be in either half mount, side control, or full mount. You could tell these were two friends in combat.
13) Matt Serra vs. Chris Lytle (What a letdown for a finale fight. Restarts galore. And get away from the dang cage. Out of eight finale fights this one is easily the worst.)
14) Pete Sell vs. Travis Lutter (But this fight was the worst. I doubt any of the remaining three fights this season can be worse than this one. There was nothing to it except takedowns by Lutter then laying and praying. No strikes unlike Lytle and Thomas. The only upside is Lutter went for two or three submissions in fifteen minutes. Sell did nothing to counter it. Worst fight of the season.)
RICH CLEMENTI 9 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 2 / 2 / 1/ 4 / 4 / 0
GIDEON RAY 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 1
JEREMY JACKSON 0 / 0 / 6 / 7 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
SCOTT SMITH 0 / 2 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
MIKEY BURNETT 1 / 0 / 6 / 2 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 3
CHARLES MCCARTHY 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 2 / 15 / 3 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 1 / 1
PETE SPRATT 0 / 1 / 10 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 4 / 1
JORGE RIVERA 1 / 0 / 1 / 2 / 4 / 5 / 3 / 12 / 0 / 2 / 1 / 0
DIN THOMAS 3 / 0 / 2 / 6 / 12 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 12 / 1 / 2 / 5
MR. INTERNATIONAL 13 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 6 / 4 / 0 / 2 / 4 / 8 / 0 / 2
PETE SELL 0 / 1 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 15 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 4
EDWIN DEWEES 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 3 / 9
PATRICK COTE 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 15 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 8
CHRIS LYTLE 3 / 2 / 11 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 1 / 4
TRAVIS LUTTER 0 / 0 / 1 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 2 / 9 / 2
MATT SERRA 7 / 10 / 6 / 6 / 10 / 2 / 39 / 9 / 5 / 16 / 0 / 3
In conclusion, TUF 4 is an anomaly in the series. It was nowhere near the quality of TUF 3 and TUF 1, and in my mind is coupled with TUF 2. The good news is that the series has taken a lot of risks in an attempt to figure out what format works best. The first two seasons had challenges but Dana decided to nix them. TUF 2 had inserted as much advertisement as possible but that stole away from the integrity of the show. Coaches may be in the same weight class like in TUF 1 and 3 or perhaps not at all. Earlier seasons had guys fighting three times before the finale but it has since switched to a preliminary stage followed by tournament format.
Here is my assessment of TUF 4:
– An absence of team coaches erased much of the necessary drama. The ridiculous battles Ortiz and Shamrock got into is a part of why TUF 3 topples the list.
– Too many low key personalities went deep into the show. Lytle, Lutter, Cote, and DeWees all have extremely low confessional counts for a reason. Heck, nearly every fighter has a higher confessional count than any of the finalists except Serra.
– Weak finale. Even TUF 2 had incredible finale fights. All six fights in each of the first three seasons were amazing. But TUF 4? Both finals were crappy crappy fights and are easily in seventh and eighth place overall. If it were Scott Smith vs. Pete Sell as the finals this would be an entirely different story.
– Second half in general was bad. Most seasons can get away with having weak fights in the first couple episodes. TUF 4 was an exception and started off strong. However, once the second half of the season hit, all of the fights lost their steam. I always held hope things would pick up again considering the excellent start but it never came to fruition. Huge reason why the season ends as a snoozer.
– Did you see Survivor: Samoa? The biggest knock for that season is that Russell gets a large percentage of the airtime each episode while the kooky Shambo would get the 2nd most but still have less than 40% of the confessionals that Russell did. Much of the same happens here. Serra has 113 confessionals while the runner-up positions belong to the entertaining personalities of Shonie and Din, but neither make it to the finals and thus are not all that relevant for the last couple episodes.
– Too many boring fights went to sudden victory. When there is only one fight per episode the last thing we want to see episode after episode is a boring fight that takes up half an episode. Please show more Shonie instead.
– The best thing about this season is that there was only one injury. That is what gives this season an edge over season two. We don’t have complete jokes making it to the finals or a Ross Pointon who has to go up a weight class just to fight.
Overall, this season could have been much worse and change this from the ‘comeback’ to ‘please get the f— away’.
The Ultimate Fighter 3 – 8.5/10
The Ultimate Fighter (1) – 8/10
The Ultimate Fighter 4 – 6.5/10
The Ultimate Fighter 2 – 6.4/10
For now. . . IT’S ALL OVER!