TUF 6 Episode 9: Random thoughts
- If I was Matt Serra, I would have pitted Mac Danzig against Tommy Speer in the first round simply to assure one eliminated Matt Hughes fighter. But, that's just me. In the end, I respect Serra's decision to let the fighters make the call.
- Serra's passion continues to make me a fan. His reaction to having to give up two of his fighters for the quarterfinals says it all about why his fighters fought so well for him. In contrast, Hughes' reaction to Richie Hightower's "let's eliminate the awkwardness" moment was telling as well. The best leaders combine skill with communication with ability to relate to their charges. Serra joins Jen Pulver and Tito Ortiz as TUF coaches who in my book exemplify these qualities in recent seasons of TUF.
- After six seasons of the show, quite frankly the drama in the house is getting played out. I pretty much tune out now during those sequences, especially because every fighter has already had a fight and we've already met them all. There really aren't too many more ways to say "these fighters get bored in the house."
And, from the editing of this past show, I think the folks over at Spike TV agree with me. I thought the way they edited Danzig's scene outside by the pool sitting and watching the bird feeder was hilarious. And the camera following the tossed coin in the training facility was great as well. Both rank right up there with Dana White's slow-motion expressions during the BJ Penn-Jens Pulver ping-pong match last season.
- I would love for Spike TV to put a laugh track behind TUF. There are moments when I just catch myself laughing and I don't know if it's because there's something funny going on or the editing or what. Something needs to happen though to spice the show up. If I'm getting bored, I can't imagine how the casual fan feels.
- Danzig is a beast. No doubt about it. He handled John Kolosci to easily advance to the semis. By the same token, the overall quality of the fighters appears to be down this season -- there's a lot of inexperience in the house. Still, I'm looking forward to an Ultimate Finale fight between Danzig and George Sotiropoulos. Let's just hope it happens...