For many fans, the process of trying to predict who will leave UFC on FX 6 with a UFC contract thanks to a TUF: The Smashes victory has started this week by trying to hammer through the show on YouTube.
A nice idea in theory, and a great offering from the UFC to the fans who are interested but not getting access to the show by other means, but perhaps not practical. Sometimes it's just about the end result, and not about the road travelled, which is the case when it comes to potential TUF winners here.
It's about who's going to the UFC after the fights tonight, nothing else, and to anyone who has been paying attention it's pretty clear that those two guys are Colin "Freakshow" Fletcher and Robert Whittaker.
While the b/r prediction panel split on Fletcher in his bout versus Norman Parke, there's a lot to like about his chances. He's an enormous lightweight who has done well in the past in big fights and has intangible charisma that often causes the cream to rise to the top.
His teammate Parke is no pushover, however, and is more experienced than Fletcher over his career. Still, he's never faced a guy as unique in his life, and you have to believe that the UFC is already thinking of things that they can do with the gangly Englishman given his marketability. "Freakshow" takes the crown by unanimous decision.
The other Smashes bout on the card will crown a welterweight winner, and to anyone who has been watching it's pretty obvious the Robert Whittaker is a big time favourite to best Brad Scott and become Australia's next big thing in MMA.
Whittaker is imposing and utterly ruthless in his approach to fighting, looking to take his man to the ground and inflict as much punishment as possible on the way to a stoppage. He's very young and very talented, and it's very likely that this will be the first fight that people remember on a long list of UFC wins. Brad Scott is a game opponent with a size advantage, but it's a bad style matchup for him and he'll probably be finished inside the distance via TKO.
And so it could be that the UFC would get exactly what they'd have hoped for going into the second international edition of TUF, and the first to pit nations against one another: a split in champions. The UK will walk away with one winner for sure in the Fletcher bout, and it's looking like Australia will get it's winner as well in Whittaker.
If they all work out so well, this whole TUF World Cup idea might not be so bad after all.
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