Inside The Ultimate Fighter lives … at Bloody Elbow

I wrote a book about The Ultimate Fighter that never saw the light of day. But Bloody Elbow will publish excerpts for the next 10 weeks. Here’s the story of the book … Source: Inside The Ultimate Fighter: The best-selling tell-all book that never was – Bloody Elbow

The Ultimate Fighter 21, Episode 5: The streak ends

What we learned this week: – My cable company doesn’t have The Ultimate Fighter on demand. I had to wait to catch the Sunday rerun. – Some guy from American Top Team is really good at climbing ropes. – American Top Team finally picks Hayder Hassan to fight. They don’t mention the hand injury ruled him outContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 21, Episode 5: The streak ends”

The Ultimate Fighter 21, Episode 4: A scare for Creepy

What happened in this episode: – “Creepy Steve” Montgomery botched his weight cut and had a terrifying seizure. The panic on his American Top Team teammates’ faces was one of the harshest moments of reality on this long-running reality show. He’s OK. And he seems like a great guy, saying he just wants to spreadContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 21, Episode 4: A scare for Creepy”

The Ultimate Fighter 21, Episode 3: Please, please throw a punch

A few observations on this week’s episode of the biggest fight series in South Florida since Kimbo beat Afropuff and Big Mac on the same day in the boat yard. – The new theme song is as lame as it gets. The credits tell us nothing. No idea why they did this. – Is AmericanContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 21, Episode 3: Please, please throw a punch”

The Ultimate Fighter 21, Episode 1: These teams matter

How do you keep The Ultimate Fighter fresh after 10 years? Give the UFC credit for trying. In 2011, they used it to introduce their bantamweight and featherweight divisions. T.J. Dillashaw has gone on to do pretty well for himself, and John Dodson isn’t bad, either. In 2012, they tried a live season. They decided it didn’tContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 21, Episode 1: These teams matter”

The (sex!) marketing of (catfights!) women’s MMA

Let’s get this straight: Women’s MMA is fantastic. Women’s fights are often the highlights of a typical fight card, especially when they’re sandwiched in between a couple of wrestling stalemates with one dude leaning against the other up against the cage. And the athletes are compelling. Don’t believe me? Let Tommy Toe Hold sing theContinue reading “The (sex!) marketing of (catfights!) women’s MMA”

The Ultimate Fighter 20, Episode 11: No quarter

My enthusiasm for this one was diminished ever so slightly when I saw a headline with more fights announced for the TUF finale. Obviously, the fighters with new matchups are the ones who lost in this episode. Note to self: Just stay up and watch this show live. But we’ve got two fantastic matchups here.Continue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 20, Episode 11: No quarter”

The Ultimate Fighter 20, Episode 10: No talk, just fight

Previously on The Ultimate Fighter … Hey! Do you remember Jessica Penne? Yes, she’s a pretty good fighter. MMARising puts her 12th in the global pound-for-pound rankings. She’s seeded fourth in the tournament on The Ultimate Fighter. Oh, you didn’t remember she’s on the show? Well, she is. No, really. And she’s fighting fifth seed Aisling Daly,Continue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 20, Episode 10: No talk, just fight”

The Ultimate Fighter 20, Episode 9: Mean girls

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The last season of The Ultimate Fighter I recapped in full was Season 16. Remember Shane Carwin? But I’m inspired. Season 20 — all women, all contenders, a title belt on the line — is terrific. The fights are more intriguing that what you’ll see on some UFC pay-per-views these days.Continue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 20, Episode 9: Mean girls”

Unsolicited advice for the UFC

When a UFC fight card coincides with a Bellator fight card, the choice should be obvious. And yet it’s not. The UFC has the talent — by my quick count, 83 of the 90 top-10 fighters in the Sherdog rankings. At USA TODAY/MMA Junkie, which ranks 15 per class but only ranks men (come on, guys!),Continue reading “Unsolicited advice for the UFC”