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Posts by tag: The Ultimate Fighter

1 year ago

Ronda Rousey To Coach Men and Women Season On The Ultimate Fighter


The next season of The Ultimate Fighter will get a much needed facelift. The UFC reality competition will get a lot of firsts including two head coaches who are women MMA fighters and a mixed house of male and female fighters.

UFC president Dana White made the official announcement during the UFC 158 weekend. UFC 135 pound women’s champion Ronda Rousey will serve as head coach opposite the winner of Cat Zingano vs. Meisha Tate fight. The two will coach both women and men fighters who will live together throughout the season.

“I’m going to announce tonight the coaches of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ for the next season,” White said. “It will be Ronda Rousey vs. the winner of Tate and Zingano, who are fighting in the TUF Finale on April 13. For the first time ever, two women coaches, and we will have 135-pound men and 135-pound women living here to read more , , ,

2 years ago

Looking Back At The Ultimate Fighter Season One


The Ultimate Fighter returns this week on FX. Lost in all of the excitement is the impact that this show had on MMA 17 seasons ago. As much as UFC will try, they will never have another class and show as exciting as The Ultimate Fighter Season 1.

I watched back the entire season of the first The Ultimate Fighter show recently. I remember at the time being hooked on the show the first time I watched it. I felt the same way re-watching the season all over again. The season was filled with drama, tremendous fights, and a cast of characters that has never been quite as engaging as the cast from this season.

First of all, the format was entirely different on the show. The show featured weekly physical challenges ala Survivor. Unlike today where it was as simple as winning teams picks next fight, fight choices were determined by here to read more , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale Results and Wrap Up


On Saturday night the UFC brought the live finale of the American version of the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter to television once again on FX. Coach Roy Nelson battled late replacement fighter Matt Mitrione in the main event of the evening, while the co-main event featured the Welterweight finals of the reality show as Canada’s Mike Ricci took on Colton Smith. Let’s take a look at the main card fighters from both shows and see what’s next for each fighter.

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson

Featherweight Bout: Dustin Poirier defeated Jonathan Brookins via Submission (D’arce Choke) in Round 1 – 4:15

This was a highly entertaining bout for the four minutes that it lasted. The two exchanged wild punches at the beginning and that might be a slight cause for concern for Poirier. However near the end of the round he dropped Brookins momentarily, and then stuffed here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale Predictions and Preview


Fresh off an extremely successful night of fights last weekend on FOX, the UFC is bringing another action packed weekend of fights. After UFC on FX 6 on Friday night, live from the Gold Coast in Australia, the UFC brings another exciting event to the free television airwaves with The Ultimate Fighter Finale. The event airs on FX live from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

A heavyweight clash headlines the event in what was originally scheduled to be a coach’s battle, an injury to Shane Carwin forced his withdrawal from the event and Matt Mitrione has stepped in to fight opposing coach Roy Nelson. The co-main event of the evening features the Welterweight finale of the show as Canadian Mike Ricci takes on Colton Smith. Other main card bouts include a Featherweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Jonathan Brookins, a Lightweight bout between Melvin here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Top Five UFC The Ultimate Fighter Coaches Of All-Time


To date there have been fifteen seasons of The Ultimate Fighter that have aired in the USA on Spike TV and FX, plus a sixteenth season that is currently airing on FX. Add to that a completed season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and a currently airing season of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes (UK vs. Australia) and there have been thirty professional fighters who have served time as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter.

With the recent announcement of Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen as upcoming coaches for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, many people have seen through the UFC’s charade, and are criticizing the UFC’s decision to forego the sporting aspect of the UFC and instead focus solely on the business aspect of the UFC. Despite what fans may believe about the decision to use Sonnen and Jones as coaches on the next season of the UFC’s flagship here to read more , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Jon Jones & Chael Sonnen Aren’t Enough To Save The Ultimate Fighter


The UFC shook up the MMA world last week when it was announced that Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen would coach The Ultimate Fighter 17. The move was an obvious last ditch attempt to save the falling franchise but are two star coaches really enough to pull this one off of life support?

I don’t like the fight but I was certainly intrigued when the match and The Ultimate Fighter plans were announced. I have watched The Ultimate Fighter from the start but like many, I have lost interest over the years. I’ll be honest and admit I haven’t watched a minute of this current season and have no plans to do so. I can’t say that would be much different if Jones and Sonnen were coaching.

The game plan here is good. Past seasons of The Ultimate Fighter where opposing coaches brought the drama always did well. TUF seasons 3 and here to read more , , ,

2 years ago

UFC TUF 17 Coaches Media Call With Jones, Sonnen, and White


UFC champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen were announced on Tuesday as The Ultimate Fighter season 17 coaches. The two will meet together for the first time on a media call which has the potential to be one of the most entertaining press calls in UFC history. Let the games begin!

As disappointing as the whole turn of events was with Sonnen getting a UFC title shot in a UFC division he has not competed in since returning to the UFC, I am intrigued. Sonnen began calling Jones out on Twitter a few weeks back and was denied a fight against Jones at UFC 151 when the champion refused the match. In an effort to save the struggling The Ultimate Fighter franchise, Dana White revealed that arguably his two most polarizing figures would not only fight, but coach against each other on the upcoming series.

It will be interesting here to read more , , ,

2 years ago

Jon Jones Vs. Chael Sonnen Announced For TUF and UFC Title Fight


Nobody can accuse Jon Jones from running Chael Sonnen any longer. The UFC light heavyweight champion will not only fight Sonnen in 2013 but will coach against him on The Ultimate Fighter season 17.

“This should be a good one,” said White. “Jon has accepted the fight. He knows the fans want to see that fight.”

I can’t say I am surprised. Jon Jones recently gave an interview where he said he was interested in coaching on The Ultimate Fighter and also recently said that he’d fight Chael if that’s what the fans wanted. I actually sent out a tweet on Monday predicting this exact scenario including the TUF gig.

Dana White broke the news to the LA Times on Tuesday in a story that has a lot of MMA fans and media scratching their heads. Sonnen will go from getting thrashed by Anderson Silva in the here to read more , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC Announces The Ultimate Fighter 16 Head Coaches


How will the UFC rebound from its lowest rated The Ultimate Fighter season in history? With two heavyweight head coaches that will surely polarize MMA fans. Heavyweight sluggers Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson will coach TUF 16.

Two of the hardest hitting fighters in MMA will serve as TUF coaches on the second season of the show to air on FX. Nelson is coming off a win while Carwin is coming off of a loss and a long vacation. Carwin and Nelson don’t have the bitter rivalry of last season’s coaches but as fierce competitors you never know what can happen.

Carwin and Nelson do nothing for me as TUF coaches.. Shane Carwin is about the most serious fighter I have ever seen interviewed. I take nothing away from him as a fighter, but I haven’t seen much of a personality over the last few years. Roy Nelson is a guy that here to read more , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC Vet Kenny Florian Retires From MMA


It has been a busy week of retirements this week in MMA. UFC veteran Kenny Florian will join Jason Mayhem Miller on the retirement sidelines. The nine-year MMA vet has called it a day after a moderately successful run in the UFC.

The news was a bit of a surprise but hardly qualified as the “big announcement” that the UFC promoted earlier in the week. Florian hurt his back in training and said that it hasn’t been the same since. He re-injured it a few weeks ago and hasn’t been able to train since. Florian will remain a part of the UFC family as a broadcaster.

“I’m just so thankful to the UFC and everyone here for everything they have done. Fighting found me and I’m a much better person because of it. I’m happy…. I’ve dealt with injuries in the past, but back in November I was training here to read more , ,

2 years ago

Wanderlei Silva Vs. Rich Franklin II Set For UFC 147


The injury bug has bit the UFC once again, forcing the promotion to scramble for a new main-event. In the case of UFC 147 the new main-event is actually an old main-event. Former MMA champions Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva will now square off on June 23 in Brazil.

The fight announcement was a bit of a surprise. Silva’s original opponent Vitor Belfort officially pulled out of the main-event against Wanderlei last week after suffering a hand injury. Silva and Belfort are opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil. The coach vs. coach homeland headliner was scrapped in favor of a rematch of the UFC 99 main-event.

Silva vs. Franklin was not on anyone’s radar when it came to predicting the new Brazilian main-event. Franklin was originally signed to fight Cung Le at UFC 148. Personally I was hoping to see Alan Belcher get the call but it was here to read more , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Seven Ways To Improve The Ultimate Fighter


The Ultimate Fighter Live castThe Ultimate Fighter Live is producing one of my favorite seasons in UFC history, yet it is also producing the lowest ratings in TUF history. Since everyone else under the sun has blogged about how they would fix the show, I figured I would give my two-cents as someone who watches weekly.

I want to say upfront that I am a big fan of this season’s TUF. I love the coaches, I love the dynamic, I think the fighters are arguably more skilled as a whole than almost any other season past the first few, I love the live aspect, and I just think the show is great. Maybe it is because the last couple of seasons were some of the least interesting in show history but the bottom line here is here to read more , ,

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