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Old 06-25-2010, 08:07 PM
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"Spike TV pretty much runs everything on The Ultimate Fighter. They could be sub-leasing the UFC name, but I'm sure Dana and the UFC are getting a nice little pay check from Spike but other than that, Spike runs the thing. Dana doesn't choose who's going to be on the show, it's Spike executives. Even when I was on there in the earlier seasons, they were picking a couple guys with funny personalities. I'm pretty sure I got on there not because of my good looks, but because I had a pretty good personality. Everything is ratings to these guys. Just like that season where they shot [expletive] inside the fruit...people do that stuff. Why? Because of ratings. Is it a health violation? Yeah, but did you see the Spike TV people stop that from happening? It sells ratings and that's all they care about. They could give two [expletives] about our career. They just care about the six-weeks that they're shooting and get as much drama and stupidity out of us. That's all we are to them is cattle and sheep. They way they run things, they're slowly controlling us to be like that."
And because of that, his fight's been bumped off the televised pre-lims list in favor of Seth Petruzelli.
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:19 PM
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He's 100% right. My friend, Al Buck, applied for the show years ago. UFC wanted him but Spike said "no" because he had been arrested before. They missed out.
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He's 100% right. My friend, Al Buck, applied for the show years ago. UFC wanted him but Spike said "no" because he had been arrested before. They missed out.
I always said it seemed they had more jackasses on the show then people who wanted a real career as a UFC fighter..
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:37 PM
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He's 100% right. My friend, Al Buck, applied for the show years ago. UFC wanted him but Spike said "no" because he had been arrested before. They missed out.
Seriously? Arrests make you ineligible??









Seems to me as though all these jokers were on TUF . . .

EDIT: I'm calling shenanigans on Spike, not Mike or Al. Just FYI
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Wait a minute, Kendall Grove is whining because Spike doesn't care about his career? Boohoo. Last time I looked we live in a capitalistic society, the bottom line is profit and controvery/bad behavior sells.

I don't always like it but that's the reality and if you bite the hand that feeds you, there are usually consequences.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:59 PM
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Al applied for one of the early seasons. Spike may have changed their policies since then. Not sure if Junie had his arrests BEFORE he was on the show though.
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:47 PM
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Wait a minute, Kendall Grove is whining because Spike doesn't care about his career? Boohoo. Last time I looked we live in a capitalistic society, the bottom line is profit and controvery/bad behavior sells.

I don't always like it but that's the reality and if you bite the hand that feeds you, there are usually consequences.
You are absolutely right in every point you make here Flo.

However, I would say that Capitalism is a two way street, there are buyers and sellers. Kendall might not be smart to bite the hand that feeds him, but Spike TV and the UFC would be equally as dumb to bite OUR hands. We, as fans, have the ultimate control over what we choose to purchase and watch on our televisions or computers.

If the UFC wants to maintain credibility as the organization that caters to ONLY the best fighters in the world in terms of Mixed Martial Arts, they would be wise NOT to leave the selection of competitors up to the producers at Spike TV. "The Ultimate Fighter" has not really been churning out the cream of the crop in terms of talent lately. Sure, there are a few fighters who were on the show in recent years who have done OKAY, but nothing like the guys from the early seasons. Really, how long can the UFC sit back and think that it's okay to keep using this show as a launching pad for talent when most of the TUF fighters fail to have any success. Eventually, that will start reflecting poorly on the company among the "water-cooler" fans, and that will be about the time you hear of a new show in TUF's time-slot.

Granted, I will admit that it often takes time for talent to manifest, and for things to play out in the fight world. It took Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans about 4 years, respectively, to make it to the point where they won a Championship after winning on the show. However, the talent level on the whole has dropped significantly, which simply takes no more than the "eye test" to see, and the amount of overblown hype and post editing has gotten worse. In my opinion, the show has run it's course and the sport no longer needs it's "Trojan Horse" to introduce it to the mainstream.

No more constantly feeding professional fighters a truckload of booze in hopes to get that epic camera shot that bumps you up in the Nielsen Ratings, no more trashing a million dollar house, no more breaking the same UFC office door, and certainly, God willing, no awkward "final season" with Dana crying at the end and shutting off the lights to an empty gym. In my honest opinion, the UFC should be on a network that will bring some more integrity to what the sport is and what it is trying to represent.