Thoughts on The Ultimate Fighter finale
The Ultimate Fighter season finale show on Spike was an enjoyable night of fights, even though some of the fights involving TUF cast members were fairly predictable. Obviously, the big draw of the night (season?) was Kimbo Slice's UFC debut.
I think the UFC envisioned a much different fight when they paired Slice with Houston Alexander, who was somewhat disappointing because he seemed hesitant to engage Slice. So Kimbo was able to grind out a win, using some good ground-and-pound technique in the process.
That means the Kimbo Slice experiment continues, but I don't know that I care as much as I used to. Granted, a win over a legitimate fighter is a great accomplishment for Slice. There's no question this was his biggest win.
Still, he didn't look that great in the fight and if Alexander presents a lot of problems, I just don't know how much progress Slice can make. He's not getting any younger and while he's a lot better than when he started, I can't see him progressing past the sideshow role.
If there was one impressive fighter on the card, it had to be Jon Jones, who was robbed of a victory over Matt Hamill. It wasn't clear when Hamill hurt his shoulder, but it did seem like a loss was inevitable before Jones was disqualified for an illegal elbow.
I think Hamill is a pretty decent fighter and I thought this would be a good test for Jones. Instead, he ran right through Hamill. Even though he lost, this has to move him up in the rankings. It's time to throw him into the mix and get him a top-10 light heavyweight spot.
Dana White also announced the new coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 11. It's going to be Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. Great call by White. Another round of Tito-Chuck will be a big hit with fans and it's a home run for two guys without many options. Neither is good enough, anymore at least, to contend for the championship, but they will be good opponents for each other. I just hope season 11 is a little more unpredictable than season 10.
Roy Nelson was a lock to win it all and that's not very exciting. I don't like his chances against many of the better heavyweights in the UFC, but he probably won't be the worst champion the show has produced either.
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