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The Ultimate Fighter 15: Cruz vs Faber

Discussion in 'Boxing and MMA Forum' started by Frank Botch, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Frank Botch

    Frank Botch New Member

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    Hopefully I won't be the only one posting in this thread, anyone watch last night? Great finish with Vick landing a brutal knee after being controlled up to that point. The real awesomeness came afterwards, though. Cruz allowing Faber to pick anyone he wanted and Urijah being totally frozen to the spot. Not one of his guys stepped up wanting to fight either, awkward. Cruz pulled out some slick shit here. Oh, and some dudes dad died or something.

    edit: Caps lock fail on the ''tHE'', someone... fix it!
     
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    Dusty Finish New Member

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    Maybe premature with this, but the new season of TUF is looking very much like being the shot in the arm that the concept needed. The live, one-round fights to get into the house episode was fantastic (can't cope with these Yank-frequency advert breaks however), and the live fights/live fight pick for the next week have made what was run-of-the-mill just that bit more vital watching.

    The fighters, too, look like the most promising crop for many years. I can easily see Justin Lawrence, Sam Sicilia, Al Iaquinta, Mike Rio, Mike Chiesa, Cristiano Marcello & Miles Jury having at worst respectable UFC careers when it's all over, and no doubt there'll be a surprise or two from the remaining rabble as well.
     
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    Chris2K Well-Known Member

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    I'm enjoying the show but I'm spending a lot of time wondering when something's going to go wrong. I just can't see how they're going to go the whole season without someone breaking a hand, getting a concussion, getting a bad cut or some other injury that requires a 1-3 month medical suspension. I'm worried it's going to end up like TUF 11 or UFC 3 with various alternates or fighters who have already lost ending up in the finals.

    Hopefully all the episodes can be as good as last week's was, but I doubt you'll have the drama, the first round KO and the wacky coach stuff every week.

    Oh, and I hope that they do the Coach's Challenge live as well. And I hope they have to do an assault course.
     
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    Rikidozan New Member

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    From WrestlingObserver.com;

    "We don't have the rating yet, but Ultimate Fighter on Friday did 1.1 million viewer, down 17% from week one"
     
  5. Frank Botch

    Frank Botch New Member

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    Highlight of the last ep was the cameraman falling extremley slowly and Cruz making a token movement to help him.

    Lawrence looked good though, pretty cool KO, looked kinda awkward on the replay but... got the job done. Can't remember what else happened to be honest
     
  6. Frank Botch

    Frank Botch New Member

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    Last episode was pretty boring, someone hurt his knee, there was a life coach, a fight of some sort... yup.

    Brazil show ruled though, a lot of comedy in there.
     
  7. Chris2K

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    I got very angry with TUF this week partly because of the lack of interesting stuff, but mainly because my recording cut off at the exact moment the third round started.

    You'd think by now the UFC would have the sense to run a TV show that sticks within the time frame.
     
  8. Frank Botch

    Frank Botch New Member

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    I stopped watching this, it's incredibly boring. I really thought going live would improve the show, it pains me that Bryan Alvarez was right.

    Oh well, highlights of this season:

    1. Cameraman falling.
    2. Faber freezing and all his team looking like bitches for not wanting to fight.
    3. N/A.
     
  9. John Hancock

    John Hancock New Member Subscriber Senior Moderator

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    I still haven't seen a full episode of this season. That trend started because I was busy, but now it's because everyone's p*ssing all over it. Every season of TUF should just be Rashad and Rampage for the rest of time.
     
  10. Evil Gringo

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    GSP v Kosh was a very good season as well, although the fighters from that season have sunk without a trace bar Nam Phams two FOTY contenders with Garcia.

    I read about Faber refusing to choose one of Cruz's team who had a knee injury as the opponent for his fighter, stating that it was not his place to run the risk of his injury getting worse and denying him a fair shot at his dream of being a UFC fighter.

    That's a nice show of class I have to admit, even if for some reason I don't like him. Don't ask me why I just don't.
     
  11. Chris2K

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    It didn't record for me on Friday night (for some reason it chose to series link tonight's repeat). By the time I'd noticed it hadn't recorded it was Monday. So yeah, this has really dropped off my priority list which is a shame because I was really looking forward to it.
     
  12. John Hancock

    John Hancock New Member Subscriber Senior Moderator

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    Cruz popped his ALC, so we're getting yet another series of TUF with no coaches fight.
     
  13. Chris2K

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    Well Michael Chiesa ended up winning, he was the guy who's dad died in the first week of filming and he dedicated every fight to him. He was the underdog for pretty much every fight he had and came through to win it all.

    Of course because he was the underdog and because it was live the UFC didn't expect him to win and never put much effort into promoting him. So now we have probably the least over TUF champion in history.
     
  14. John Hancock

    John Hancock New Member Subscriber Senior Moderator

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    TUF is such a dead end these days, the last guy to make ANYTHING out of it was Roy Nelson, and that's only because the entire series was planned just to get him over. It was a good finale card though, I'm enjoying all the finishes recently.
     
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    I enjoyed the show too, although the random Featherweight bout between Holloway and Schilling was possibly the weirdest choice for a deliberately televised fight I've seen in the UFC for some time. I literally had no idea who either guy was.

    I still think Justin Lawrence will end up being the biggest name out of this season, once he starts training with top guys and on his cardio he's going to have such a strong all-round game.
     
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    Pretty sweet highlight reel KO from Lawrence. I think Chiesa will get some promotion off the fact that his dad died (what a buisness huh) and he seemed pretty popular with the crowd. He doesn't seem to be anything even mildly special as a fighter, though. Really dug the main event, Kampmann is so much fun to watch, great stand up, vicious knees and he usually starts bleeding.
     
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    dsrchris Am disappoint, son Subscriber Senior Moderator

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    The dude with the sob story won? What is this, the f*cking X Factor? :lol:
     
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    I havent had much interest in TUF since the heavyweights season, I watch but its gradually getting more and more of a chore. I think its time to drop the show and think up something new.
     
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    Either drop the show, or stop using it to try and get over coaches. This season wasn't about the fighters, it was about trying to make Cruz vs. Faber a draw, which it isn't going to be. The coaches should, I think, always be established, big personality guys, who will draw in casual fans by just being d*cks to each other. Bisping/Miller, Rampage/Evans, GSP/Koscheck. Three pairings of guy who legitimately dislike each other, and have no difficulty expressing that.

    I always thought Jones/Evans should have had it's own season, especially after the whole, "we used to be friends" angle, and doing a season with Silva/Sonnen would easily have pushed UFC 148 over a million buys.

    Diaz/GSP would be a dream come true for pure entertainment, especially if Nick chose Nate as one of his team's coaches. Nick would NEVER do it, but a man can dream, it would be absolutely amazing. If Brock were to come back, Brock/Mir would make a great season too, the Brock/JDS series only failed because JDS is such a uninteresting person out of the cage, where as Mir would piss Brock off enough to bring out the pro-wrestler in him.

    The UFC just seem a little counter-productive at times recently.
     

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