TUF 6 finale
– Wailing gladiator music. Ah. Here we go. Huerta, Guida, Danzig, and Speer boast about themselves in the shadows. J-Rock is on this card, Jon Koppenhaver, Ben Saunders, Dan Barrera, Tommy Speer, Mac Danzig, Clay Guida, and Roger Huerta. My hair is longer and more luscious than Guida’s.
– Goldberg reminds us that for many of the people from TUF this will be the biggest fight in their life. Mike says Dana White will make a huge announcement during this event. Nice.
– Sotiropoulos and Billy Miles will fight this card too. Neat. And the first half hour is brought to us commercial free. I can only imagine how many commercials will be squeezed in after that.
Dan Barrera vs. Ben Saunders
– They fought at the House and will be the second duo to have two fights together in the same season. Only other duo to have a re-match after the season was over is Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.
– Yves Lavigne is our referee. Ben by KO?
– They clinch and Ben pushes Dan against the cage. Dan lays down some punches to Ben’s head hoping to break the clinch. Dan has a headlock. He brings in a knee to Ben’s head. Quite the grappling. Dan works around to get Ben’s back in the grappling. Ben turns to Dan and is now against the cage. They walk along the perimeter. Big knee by Ben. And another. Dan falls to the fetal position in the clinch. Ben has Dan’s right arm. Dan is lying down on his stomach while Ben is reclined against the cage. Ben puts in the hooks but is against the cage. He is still trying to get an arm. Elbow to Dan’s head. He is close to an armbar but Dan yanks it out. Ben is on his back somewhat against the cage. Dan is in Ben’s guard. Ben demonstrates his flexibility with his rubber guard. Dan tries to punish Ben but blocks the punches from on top. Ben keeps Dan close to his body. Dan gets away with a headbutt. Ben slaps the ears from the bottom. There may have been an eye poke. End of round.
– Touch gloves. Dan goes in to shoot and has Ben’s back on the ground. Dan rolls around and pulls guard. He complained to Yves about Dan punching the back of the head earlier. Play on, Ben. Play on. Ben traps Dan’s left arm. Ben elbows from the bottom Maurice Smith style. Samuel L. Jackson is hosting the Video Game Awards tomorrow. Dan is finally striking Ben from up top. Ben almost gets a submission attempt but Dan puts him in his place. Yves stands them up. Huge flying knee by Ben that misses when Dan shoots in for the takedown. They meet back up in a clinch against the cage. Dan takes Ben down but Ben is the one who has Dan’s back. Dan in fetal position. Ben rolls to take Dan’s arm but Dan yanks it out and gets into Ben’s guard. Elbows from the bottom for Ben. The are stood up again. Headkick from Ben that drops Dan who goes for a takedown. Dan is on his knees. Don’t fire a knee whatever you do, Ben. Ben clinches Dan who is in the fetal position on the ground and reigns down some strikes. Dan pushes Ben against the cage but Ben uses the cage to sit on top of Dan’s back and sneak in some fists and elbows. End of round.
– They touch gloves. Bodykick from Ben. That landed. Another kick when Dan shoots in. Dan is on his knees as Ben holds him standing and punches his head. He swivels to take Dan’s back who is in the fetal position yet again. Ben slaps on a body triangle and is angling back. He wails on Dan from this position. Ben tries to get an arm under Dan’s head. Dan is turning as much as possible. Ben is still riding that back as Dan moves as much as possible along the ground. Dan escapes and immediately goes into Ben’s guard. They are shoved each into the cage while on the ground. Dan fires a couple body punches but Ben is keeping Dan so tight. Yves stands them up. A headkick that is blocked by Dan but Dan falls to the ground. A few kicks from Ben while Dan is still on the ground. Dan charges Ben some more with the takedown attempt. Ben is kneeling against the cage and bringing down strikes onto Dan’s body as Dan has both legs hoping to get Ben on his back. End of round and end of fight. They go to the judges yet again.
– Judges score it 30-27, 29-28, and 30-27 in favour of Ben Killer Bee Saunders. Excellent. He visits Joe. Ben is disappointed he could not finish it. He yells into the camera.
– Hughes is shown on the camera for the second time. We are told Hughes and Serra are in Men’s Fitness magazine regardless of Serra’s unfortunate injury.
– Chuck Liddell is facing Wanderlei Silva regardless of UFC 76’s deal where Liddell had to beat Jardine before facing the Axe Murderer. I feel bad for Jardine. He wins but Liddell vs. Silva is happening anyway.
– Hughes interview. 9-time welterweight champion. That is a lot of defenses. Time to promote the rubber match.
George Sotiropoulos vs. Billy Miles
– Big John is our referee. He has refereed over five hundred fights and over one hundred title fights. George should win this by submission.
– they don’t touch gloves. Billy charges in with wild punches until George is able to slap on a headlock. Billy is taken down and George takes Billy’s back with some punches to the head. Billy is turtling over. Billy flips but George has the hooks in. Billy is flattened out. Billy is not resisting. This will be over quickly. George removes a hook and is looking to yank back Billy. More punches to Billy’s head, ears, and body. He has an arm underneath Billy’s neck. Body triangle. Billy taps. George redeems himself from the choke. They exchange words after the fight. Good technique. Heh. Drago is in George’s corner.
– He speaks with Joe. Nothing quotable from the interview. He punches the camera and headbutts it. Will NSAC fine him for headbutting?
Richie “Dirty Samurai” Hightower vs. “Rudebwoy” Troy Mandaloniz
– Friendship is put aside as these two Serra Soldiers are set to face one another. Troy does not want to lose against a guy who has a peacock haircut. We are told Richie was 265 pounds after graduation and did not slim down until he found Brazilian jiu jitsu. Richie’s nickname is the Dirty Samurai. Okay then.
– Richie by submission because Troy has zero ground game? I’d go with that.
– Mazzagatti’s Mario mustache is our referee. They touch gloves. Both fire punches. Troy and Richie trade. Crazy. They clinch. Richie takes Troy down easily. Sidecontrol then half guard. Troy stands up. Body punch by Troy into Richie. Richie returns with an elbow to the head. Both are punching each other in the head. Troy lands a HUGE punch to Richie’s head. He is dazed. They clinch. Troy tries to take Richie down but Richie is able to elbow and knee Troy in the clinch. Richie is against the cage in the clinch. Troy knees the thigh. Richie has a few good short elbows. Troy fires a legkick. Richie misses a hook. Misses a bodykick. Misses a few more jabs. Troy slaps on a Muay Thai clinch and knees Richie in the head. Troy lands a few more punches. Richie is exhausted and drained. Still two minutes to go. Troy lands a few more punches before the clinch. Richie lands a knee to the thigh. Richie is against the cage. They trade knees to the thighs. Where are the Marco Ruas foot stomps? Troy fails a sweep. Troy knees Richie’s elbow. Richie lands two solid punches on Troy. Troy has a few body punches of his own. Troy blocks a couple jabs. Richie fires a punch but Troy lands with a left hook right on Richie’s jaw. Richie is on the ground and flat on his back. Troy swoops in to give two more blows. Mazzagatti stops it. End of fight. Troy does a dance or a seizure in the octagon while standing. No idea what that was about. He jumps onto the padding and instigates cheers. He is a good sport as he checks in on his pal Richie.
– Troy visits Joe. Troy gives much kudos to Richie for being tough.
– We are told about the Video Game Awards. Foo Fighters are performing there. We are going to interview “the other fighters”. Forrest Griffin interviews Dave Grohl who looks a lot like my friend Callum and another person in the band named Nate Mendel. Forrest is awkward as an interviewer. He is wearing a sweet jacket. There are cuts in the interview. Nate is playing Halo 3. Dave played Halo for a couple months too.
– Dana is making two big announcements. One today and one tomorrow at the Video Game Awards. At least I’ll find out about one announcement.
– Kevin James is in the crowd for the millionth time. He is sitting next to Rampage.
Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver vs. Jared “J-Rock” Rollins
– They had a two second fight in the House after the upper decker incident. Now they will both have a chance to cut the s— and fight each other. War Machine on J-Rock action. J-Rock has more action but War Machine is confident his striking will win out. Rambo is a sponsour for this event.
– Steve Mario Mazzagatti is our referee. They touch gloves. J-Rock shoots and gets War Machine on the ground and is in his guard. J-Rock balanced on War Machine’s feet but War Machine gets up and takes J-Rock down. Jared’s guard is much more rock solid than War Machine’s was. They are against the cage. They drift away from the cage. Jared is hanging onto War Machine’s neck tightly. Elbows from the bottom. Jared has a control of Jon’s hands. Jared delivers vicious elbows from the bottom but Jon is still on top delivering minor strikes. Jared grabs a wrist and tries to stand up. Jon is softening Jared up. Jared continues his vicious elbows from the bottom. Mr. Rogan notes Jon ain’t attempting to pass guard. Maybe Jon’s real last name is Fitch. Jared is freaking out by delivering a ton of elbows from the bottom and Jon is unable to counter it. Cuts opening on Jon’s forehead. That is why you need to improve position. End of round one.
– Jon lands a superman punch on the button and follows up with a couple more. Jared counters with a combo and gets a Muay Thai combination and lands a huge knee. They clinch against the cage and Jared takes him down but is on the bottom rather than the top. War Machine is bleeding baaaaad. Jared is not working to counter position and Jon is not advancing. Both are dealing deadly strikes in this position. Audience chants ‘War Machine’. Mazzagatti calls for action. They are stood up. Jon’s face is red all around. Jared does a flying knee but Jon defends and counters with a body punch that sends Jared wobbling away and halfway across the cage. They clinch and Jared takes Jon down. They are against the cage. Jon pulls guard. Jon is covering up from the bottom. Jared is punching the body. Mazzagatti calls for action. Jared deals hammer fists as Jon rolls around on the ground. Jared keeps with him and get into side control. Jon rolls but Jared takes his back. No hooks. Side control for Jared. Full mount. Jon bucks but Rollins has his back. Hooks are in. They are bloody and sweaty so a submission will be impossible. Half guard. Jared reigns down more and more punches. Jared stands as Jon goes against the cage and is above him coming down with punch after punch after punch. They freeze. End of round. Jon survives to round three.
– Both smile at the start of the round. The slowest touching of the gloves I have seen. Jared goes in to switch and War Machine hangs onto the cage for several seconds. Warning from Mazzagatti but Jon gets the takedown instead of Jared. Full guard. Mazzagatti calls for action. Chants of War Machine are louder than ever. Mazzagatti stands them up. It’s not like they did nothing on the ground. They are moving so slowly. Jon shoots but Jared defends and lands a knee to Jon’s body against the cage. And a punch to the face. Jon drops to a squat. Jared delivers a barely legal knee. Jared is in Jon’s guard. Jon barely throws punches from the bottom. Jon sweeps Jared out of nowere. Full mount. Jon connects with a couple left elbows before landing a million right hands before Jared is doing nothing and Mazzagatti stops the fight. WOW! Both are on the ground until Jon gets up and stumbles around in celebration. That is super duper fight of the night.
– Jon is crying. Jared rolls his eyes. Loud cheering from the audience. Joe enters the octagon. I am so ecstatic that Roman got a broken arm at the start of the season.
– Liddell vs. Wanderlei is promoted for the millionth time in the past three events. I wonder if that fight will be any good.
– Huerta’s hands are getting wrapped up. Guida is skipping.
Mac Danzig vs. Tommy Speer
– Oh right. We still have two more fights to go. Reminds me of Drago and Scott Smith’s fight last season.
– We are introduced to Tommy. Tommy does not have a gym! He is alone on the farm milking cows, plowing fields, flipping tires, bringing sledgehammers to tires, dragging tires, running, wheelbarrows, etc. He still lives at his parents. He drives a Ford truck too. We get it. He’s a country boy.
– Mac Danzig took some time off to be happy. He lives in Hollywood. Went with his girlfriend to Hawaii. He works out in a gym. No mention of training partners. Interesting.
– Tommy walks to the octagon. The music begins very late. Danzig is so winning this by knockout. We are told that there are more people at the Palms than there are people in his hometown. Get it? He’s a country boy?
– Yves Lavigne is our referee. They touch gloves. They circle. Tommy shoots and clinches with Mac against the cage. Danzig knees Tommy’s body in the clinch. He is defending well. A couple knees from Tommy. Danzig has a leg and pushes Tommy against the cage. They are clinched running around the ring until Danzig has the takedown. He punches Tommy a few times. Tommy is trying to buck but has no idea what to do. Full mount. Danzig reigns down several punches and elbows. Tommy spins but Danzig takes the back instantly. Hooks are in. Tommy is flattened out. Danzig has an arm under Tommy’s neck. He sinks it in deeper. And deeper. Tommy is ready to tap. Hesitates. Then he taps. GAME OVERRRRRRRRRRRRR. Next time train in a gym.
– Dana announces Mac has won the six figure contract. Hughes give him the glass trophy. Joe is with Mac. Mac dedicates his fight to his mom. He said they did it.
Mac then discusses his game plan and how Tommy has a future in this sport. And his announcement is that he will drop down to 155 pounds from now on because he walks around at 170.
– Tommy says it was tough being away from the farm in the House. His voice is shaking and quivering. Please cry. Let it out. The cuts and bruises under his eyes prevent us from seeing him cry. He thanks his little brother for taking care of the farm while he was away. THAT GUY GOT RUNNER-UP?!
John Kolosci vs. Matt “No Regard” Arroyo
– Ah yes. A bonus fight. Matt was in the semis set to face Mac but then withdrew. He is seeking to earn a victory over the guy who replaced him–John Kolosci.
– Big John is our referee. Arroyo by KO?
– They touch gloves. Both are wearing the same orange shorts. John and Matt trade punches before John shoots and fails to take Matt down as Matt loops around to have John’s back. John is holding to the leg for dear life. John still has the leg and takes Matt down. Matt pulls guard and has John in a guillotine. John gets his head out. Matt slaps the ears. Matt slaps on a triangle. Matt has trapped an arm and straightened out. That arm is ready to snap. John uses brute strength with one arm and slams Matt down. Matt recovers and traps John’s arm. John flips over and is doomed. But he turns back into Matt’s guard to escape. Yikes. John has Matt against the cage. John directs Matt away from the cage. Then back to the cage. Big John threatens to stand them up. John stands up to let Matt up for no apparent reason. They touch gloves. Matt rushes in with a feint. John misses a huge overhand right and goes in to shoot. Matt puts John into a headlock and pulls him to the ground. Matt has a solid guillotine. John is out. Matt now has full guard. They are against the cage. Matt looks drained. Neither are doing much. John throws a few body shots. Matt elbows the right ear. John lands a good hammer fist from the top. Matt uses the cage as leverage and locks his legs around John’s right arm. He uses the legs to flip John over. Matt extends. Tap. Over. Just like that. Matt heads to the top of the cage and celebrates. Great armbar.
– UFC 80 and 81 are being promoted. Mir vs. Lesnar in Lesnar’s debut. Penn vs. Stevenson will fight for the lightweight title because Sherk and Franca both tested positive for steroids after their title bout. Yes, both of them.
Roger “El Matador” Huerta vs. Clay “The Carpenter” Guida
– My hair is longer than Clay Guida’s. Clay goes down the tunnel listening to rock music. Probably something terrible like Korn. He jumps up and down high five’ing Kevin James and Forrest Griffin. He is so 90s. Where is his Pokemon cards and bootleg’d Nirvana CD?
– Huerta makes his way to the ring. Big John is our referee. They do not touch gloves after the fight starts. Headkick misses by Huerta. Clay circles. Clay enters then gets out as Huerta deals strikes. Few more of these and Guida succeeds in the takedown. Guard. Huerta pushes Guida away. Guida has a headlock on the way up but lets it go. He has a double leg and SLAMS Huerta down. Guard against the cage. Huerta works for an ankle lock but Guida is out of danger and takes Huerta’s back. He has Huerta’s back against the cage Huerta spins into Clay. Big knee by Huerta. Guida knees a downed opponent. It’s a warning. Fight resumes. Huerta deals some strikes. Headkick blocked by Guida. A couple punches by Guida. Both trade punches to the noggin. Guida shoots in and has Huerta kneeling against the cage. Huerta works for an arm and a headlock. Guida knees Huerta’s ribs. Clay is riding him. One hook is in. And the other hook. Roger is nearly flattened out. Clay tries to extend. Guida almost has the body triangle. Huerta spins to escape and is now the one with Guida’ s back. He is close to an armbar. Rolling around on the ground for both fighters. Guida finishes the round with knees. End of round.
– Guida and Huerta deal punches on their feet until Guida shoots in and takes Huerta down into a sitting position against the cage. Now a guard. Now wildly running around. Huerta has an uppercut with one knee on the ground. Excellent. Back on their feet. Both are absolutely trading. Huerta is closing the distance. Headkick rejected. Another headkick rejected by Guida. Guida is still hurting from the headkicks and takes Huerta down. Full guard. They work to their feet but Guida takes Huerta down. But Huerta gets up. Huerta deals a few more punches. Guida not countering any worthy punches. Guida connects with a BIG punch then takes Huerta down. Huerta turtles over for a few seconds until he rushes up but Guida keeps him down and forces Huerta to turtle again. Huerta stands with Guida sitting against the cage. Guida stands up and takes a leg. Guida is on top of Huerta. Both work their way to their feet. Huerta deals an unanswered punch. Guida hits with a winding up punch one of his own and Huerta slumps to the ground. Guida swoops in but Huerta defends. Relentless elbows and punches. Big right hand again. Guida nearly gets full mount but Huerta defends. Full guard. Guida gets into half guard to sneak in a few elbows and punches before the clock buzzes. End of round.
– Huerta lands a couple rights. Huge knee and another knee to the head by Huerta. Huerta has him against the cage and lands a combination. Guida is out of it. He holds a leg but Huerta gets out of it and has Guida’s back. Hooks are in. Choke. Guida taps! What a fight!
– Audience is on their feet. People are cheering like crazy.
– Preview of Video Game Awards.
– Huerta sulks in the octagon. He’s starting a charity.
– Joe is interviewing Dana White. Season seven will see a revamped format and he will reveal ONE of the coaches. The coach? Forrest Griffin! The other coach will be revealed at the Video Game Awards. He will not reveal the changes yet but has hosted six of these that it has become monotonous with a format that has lasted only two seasons. What could this new format be?
– Griffin montage.
Rank the fights
1) Dan Barrera vs. Ben Saunders (Regardless if Dan listened to his coach or not this fight had to be the absolute best of any preliminary fight ever in the house. Tons of blood from both fighters and it was a ten minute stand-up war. I wish there was a third round to put the icing on the cake but a fight that goes longer than 4:53 and not be a 10 minute heavyweight borefest deserves some major kudos. Five thousand dollars for both fighters is well earned.)
2) Paul Georgieff vs. Troy Mandaloniz (Sometimes a highlight reel KO is all you need to make a fight stand out.)
3) Blake Bowman vs. Richie Hightower (A 45-second game of Rock em Sock em Robots. Both struck each other furiously until only one was left standing. Nobody gave up or looked for a way out.)
4) Tommy Speer vs. Jon Koppenhaver (How did that rear naked choke not end the fight? And my goodness both fighters were brutalized by the end of the fight. Elbows, elbows, and more elbows by Tommy. Good fight on the ground except a few more escapes would be nice.)
5) Dorian Price vs. Matt Arroyo (He ate a huge flying knee and still won in the first round? Matt Arroyo, you my friend are impressive.)
6) Tommy Speer vs. Ben Saunders (I was fond of the fight. The challenging ground game for the first round was exciting to watch. Ben was working hard from the bottom while Tommy pulled off two impressive escapes. Ben’s enormous flying knee/kick is one of the most ambitious moves I have seen attempted. Yes, the fight had to be stood up a few times but they were definitely working on the ground. A lot harder than that Joey Scarola fellow.)
7) Matt Arroyo vs. Troy Mandaloniz (Matt shows off his lightning quick speed and–oh end of fight.
8) Jared Rollins vs. George SOTIROPOULOS (Zero ground game but all of it was striking until the fatal knockout punch landed. ‘Twas entertaining enough to see J-Rock dazed. His reaction afterwards essentially knocking out the locker room was an added bonus.)
9) Mac Danzig vs. John Kolosci II (Much more competitive this time around although John couldn’t quite take it to that next level. Mac never gets caught with anything and the inevitable occurs when John is finished. And watch the back of the head, Mac. Yes, I know you were going for the ear.)
10) Richie Hightower vs. George Sotiropoulos (George controls all aspects of the fight as he progressively works to make Richie scream from the armbar. The ending is really the only memorable thing about it besides George’s domination.)
11) Mac Danzig vs. John Kolosci (Not a memorable fight but it ended quickly. John is not a terrible fighter but rather Mac is that skilled. Four minute beatdown on John as no matter what position John had he was getting busted up by Mac.)
12) Mac Danzig vs. Tommy Speer (The most disappointing Final Fight since Mike Haggar trimmed his moustache. Okay, it wasn’t as bad as last season’s finish with the freak injury. Going into the fight everyone and their mother thought Mac would win–and that was confirmed within the first twenty seconds. Even TUF 4 had more suspense in their finale fights. This one went exactly as people expected. If there was some glorious knockout or a messed up submission, then yes, we would like a Danzig victory regardless. But this fight went in a textbook fashion.)
13) Tommy Speer vs. George Sotiropoulos (It would have been ranked as a great fight if it were not for the illegal eye poke that highly skewed things. Ah well. Neat seeing the favourite of the competition get dazed though.)
14) Joey Scarola vs. Mac Danzig (A black belt jiu jitsu specialist has his guard passed quickly and is submitted by a triangle choke. Danzig = best ground fighter in the house then?)
15) John Kolosci vs. Billy Miles (Billy thinks the best position possible is to sit someone in a guard against the cage and hold them there. That should be tough to counter, right?)
ROMAN MITCHYON 4 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessional count: 4
Confessional average: 4.0
JOEY SCAROLA 9 / 6 / 5 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessional count: 20
Confessional average: 6.67
DORIAN PRICE 0 / 13 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 3 / 3 / 0 / 2 / 0
Confessional count: 31
Confessional average: 2.58
BILLY MILES 0 / 1 / 13 / 2 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 3 / 0
Confessional count: 23
Confessional average: 1.92
BLAKE BOWMAN 0 / 1 / 0 / 15 / 1 / 4 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 4 / 1 / 1
Confessional count: 30
Confessional average: 2.5
PAUL GEORGIEFF 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0
Confessional count: 19
Confessional average: 1.58
DAN BARRERA 2 / 2 / 1 / 2 / 1 / 23 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Confessional count: 36
Confessional average: 3.0
JARED ROLLINS 0 / 4 / 0 / 2 / 1 / 5 / 15 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 3 / 0
Confessional count: 34
Confessional average: 2.83
JON KOPPENHAVER 2 / 3/ 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0
Confessional count: 22
Confessional average: 1.83
TROY MANDALONIZ 0 / 1 / 2 / 0 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 9 / 3 / 0
Confessional count: 29
Confessional average: 2.42
RICHIE HIGHTOWER 0 / 1 / 1 / 9 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 3 / 6 / 2 / 0
Confessional count: 24
Confessional average: 2.0
BEN SAUNDERS 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 7 / 4 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 7 / 1
Confessional count: 26
Confessional average: 2.17
MATT ARROYO 0 / 17 / 4 / 2 / 1 / 2 / 1 / 3 / 3 / 6 / 2 / 5
Confessional count: 46
Confessional average: 3.83
JOHN KOLOSCI 0 / 1 / 13 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 10 / 4 / 0 / 4
Confessional count: 36
Confessional average: 3.0
GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS 1 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 1 / 8
Confessional count: 26
Confessional average: 2.17
TOMMY SPEER 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 1 / 0 / 9 / 7
Confessional count: 27
Confessional average: 2.25
MAC DANZIG 9 / 4 / 0 / 7 / 9 / 1 / 5 / 2 / 23 / 1 / 9 / 8
Confessional count: 78
Confessional average: 6.5
Overall, I liked TUF 6. As you may have figured out by the way I blogged this season I was neither wow’ed by it nor disappointed. This season has more first round finishes than any other season which is a big plus who hates going to Cecil Peoples’ scorecard. I personally think the fights are only second overall to TUF 5’s fights.
So why do I have it ranked in fourth place overall then? Because it has been a few days since I watched it and most of what happened has faded from memory. You can’t blame this cast for essentially getting the Vanuatu or Nicaragua treatment in terms of being memorable thanks to the extreme and over the top nature of TUF 5. Mac Danzig simultaneously possessing the ability to be an animal lover and people hater was the only big personality we had all season. Think about it. Who else was memorable? Roman who had the biggest freakout of anyone in series history with his broken arm? War Machine and J-Rock getting into a tussle about an upper decker?
Speaking of which the House antics simply were sub-par this season. While TUF 5 had street fights, Marlon’s Coach-like stories of adventure, Nate fighting with Karo Parisyan, pranks going too far, and Nate’s stoner voice, horse falling on pavement, Andy kicked off a team, Ruediger’s Colonic that proved all for naught, and BJ and Jens interfering with the whole reality TV process, TUF 6 had none of these.
The House for TUF 6 had none of these. There was one drunk night as I recall where the wall was graffiti’d, their stats board where they had a fight over whether eliminated players should have their names be circled or crossed out, and yes the upper decker incident. Although Dan’s wife calling him to say the devil is possessing her is one of the most bizarre reality TV moments I have seen. “The devil is possessing you? I’ll be home right away, hon.”
In fact I would say the biggest con for this season is that the house was too depressing. That’s why there was nothing exciting going on there. Paul’s cousin died early on in the season so he had to be left alone. Jon doesn’t have any parents and is a nice enough guy so you can’t go that route. The incident with Dan’s wife made him go on a huge zero confessional run to end the season. Part of me thinks he left the house after his fight but they just didn’t show it. Danzig had the biggest personality but it is a quiet, grumpy, and passive one. Not to be confused with being exciting.
Another knock to this season is that Hughes is a boring coach. Much like TUF 2 Hughes provides few moments outside of the bowling gamble that worked out in the fighters’ favours. . .on Serra’s team. I would also say that Hughes and Serra as the two coaches without any major faces to serve as a guest coach like TUF 5 also hurt the season. Couture isn’t popping in. Miletich, Franklin, Penn, Liddell, GSP, etc. are all absent from this season. So perhaps not seeing any switch-ups throughout the season reduced its ability to engage us.
Lastly, two things really irritated me about this season.
1) Joey’s three episode storyline. He wants to quit and Serra hogs screen time once again to convince him to stay about five times. The season becomes much more enjoyable after we are finally rewarded with Joey’s exit. I would say TUF 6 does not truly start until Joey exits. We knew he was going to quit all along so I would have preferred to not have it flesh out until it happened.
2) Tommy has zero people to train with prior to the finale match-up. All he does is work on the farm. He was preparing for an amateur fight rather than a professional bout.
The Ultimate Fighter 5 – 8.99/10
The Ultimate Fighter 3 – 8.5/10
The Ultimate Fighter (1) – 8/10
The Ultimate Fighter 6 – 7.7/10
The Ultimate Fighter 4 – 6.5/10
The Ultimate Fighter 2 – 6.4/10
And that’s all she wrote for TUF 6. I feel satisfied where I ranked it. Best fights prior to the finale combined with a flat story and cast. Dana White announced there would be a significant overhaul to TUF 7 not the least of which is an extra forty minute episode to extend it to thirteen episodes in the gym before heading to the finale. Griffin and Rampage are our coaches but what else lies ahead for us? We shall see.
Tomorrow will be the premiere for The Amazing Race 7. Therefore we will have TUF 7 begin around two weeks from today.