So, the big Finale for the least watched season of the Ultimate Fighter is coming up this weekend. The big question is...does anyone really care?
In all honesty, I'm not too thrilled about this card. I was looking forward to watching Mike Bisping go to work; however, the US Government doesn't feel he should work in here (visa issues). Now the advertised main event will not be happening until December and no replacement bout has been announced. The two TUF Championship matches have potential, but I think the prize is simply unrealistic.
Matt Serra/Chris Lytle - Serra is probably the most likeable personality from this season. He already has a solid background in the UFC. Lytle may well be the most well-rounded fighter from this season. Should be plenty of solid action and I think this will be the better of the two fights; ends with Serra coming out on top by decision.
Patrick Cote/Travis Lutter - I like Cote. I don't mind Lutter. Both are solid fighters. If Lutter stands with Cote he'll be in trouble...he won't. Lutter will take him down and work from there. Lutter by rear naked choke...round two.
You'll notice two common things about my comments on these fights...all are solid fighters, as it should be for the UFC. This is exactly the problem UFC is having right now. Almost every guy on this show is capable of performing in the UFC and has proved it. So why are they toiling away on a reality show rather than filling their PPV and UFN cards with solid, established fighters?? I understand that the UFC needs to build personalities and faces casual fans will get behind but this simply isn't working this season.
Another thing I don't like about this season is the title fight scenario. Like I said, these guys are solid fighters but in no way are they moving up the ladder in terms of competition by winning TUF. All of the four finalists have lost to mid-level contenders in their divisions...does anyone really want to see them fight for the title? Sure, it could end up being a cinderella story, or more likely, a highlight reel KO.
What can the UFC do to save The Ultimate Fighter?
As stupid as this may sound...half the crew should be guys that will make it to the UFC regardless and the other half should be cans to create exciting KO's and submissions. Then they should enforce the contract part of the show. Make it like the first season where these guys thought this was their only shot at the UFC and they actually fought like it. Put everything on the line. It creates better entertainment and in turn better ratings.
Just some thoughts...
Rest of TUF4 Finale
Din Thomas vs. Rich Clementi
Edwin Dewees vs. Jorge Rivera
Martin Kampmann vs. Thales Leites
Pete Sell vs. Scott Smith
Jeremy Jackson vs. Pete Spratt
Charles McCarthy vs. Gideon Ray