Another season of TUF has started and by now most of you have either, A.) seen the premier on FX or, B.) read the recap of the show on some other website. But let’s recap the important stuff anyway, just for the hell of it.
The 2 hour season premier of TUF featured 28 fighters competing just to make it into the house and fight on a team coached by either Jon “Bones” Jones or Chael Sonnen…and I have to admit that so far I am a little underwhelmed. For the most part, I was not impressed with the fight footage that aired. Maybe the best fights were just over too quickly and the rest was filler or the folks in the editing room were a little overzealous; but I found myself a little bored. Maybe bored is too strong a word. Disengaged, perhaps. It could be that a few of the fighters I was hoping would get into the house didn’t make it: Leo Bercier the Native American from Missoula, Montana and Kito Andrews. They lost by referee stoppage and a decision, respectively. Other low points? Clint Hesler beating Fraser Opie by decision – he should have finished the fight. It was laziness to let it go to a decision. Josh Shamman and his ridiculous showboating – yelling to the spectators and ridiculous double fisted pounding. And Bubba McDaniel and his laughable celebratory post fight camera punch – embarrassing.
That being said, it was not a total waste of an evening. There were some very definite high points as well as a few things that should be pointed out to the casual viewer. First, the Uriah Hall v. Andy Enz fight; that was a great fight! I would happily see both of them in the house, but unfortunately only the winner, Uriah Hall, made it in. Not only was the fight great, but Uriah and Andy both showed incredible respect and sportsmanship after the fight. The UFC could use more fighters like them. Jimmy Quinlan and Gilbert Smith also performed well in the prelims.
Chael Sonnen was surprisingly enjoyable as well. He was a little overbearing – especially when going on and on about how Jon would be choosing Bubba McDaniel (who ended up being a 3rd choice pick for Jones), but overall he was fairly subdued in his expected trash talk. Jon Jones on the other hand, came across as a bit of an immature dick with his behind Chael’s back, straight to the cameraman hand signals and eyerolls. Could it be that this one time UFC golden boy is going to steal the d-bag of the season title out from under Chael Sonnen? We’ll just have to wait and see.
I came away from this TUF episode with 3 burning points of interest: Will Uriah Hall win it all? Will Jon Jones be a bigger douche than Chael Sonnen? And what is with the tanning booth goggle lines on Dana White’s face? Reverse raccoon eyes and a thin white stripe across the bridge of his nose is clear evidence that the baldfather has been up to UV no good. Find out more in next week’s, Talking TUF with Denise Tracey. Or, if you are interested in more mundane facts, read on for a summary of the prelims, the team picks, and the announcement of the first fight pairing.
Prelims Adam Cella defeated Jake Heun via submission (armbar) in round 1. Zak Cummings defeated Nik Fekete by TKO (punches) in round 1. Kevin Casey defeated Eldon Sproat via submission (rear-naked choke). Tor Troeng defeated Scott Rosa via submission (rear-naked choke). Clint Hester def. Fraser Opie by decision. Robert McDaniel defeated Ryan Bigler via TKO (punches) in round 2. Josh Samman defeated Leo Bercier via TKO (punches) in round 1. Kelvin Gastelum defeated Kito Andrews by decision. Jimmy Quinlan defeated Mike Persons via TKO (punches) in round 1. Uriah Hall defeated Andy Enz by decision. Luke Barnatt defeated Nicholas Kohring by decision. Dylan Andrews defeated Tim Williams by decision. Collin Hart defeated Mike Jasper via submission (rear-naked choke) in round 1. Team Sonnen: Luke Barnatt, Uriah Hall, Zak Cummings, Tor Troeng, Jimmy Quinlan, Kevin Casey, Kelvin Gastelum Team Jones: Clint Hester, Josh Samman, Bubba McDaniel, Gilbert Smith, Collin Hart, Adam Cella, Dylan Andrews. 1st Fight: Gilbert Smith versus Luke Barnatt