Forrest Griffin, Diego Sanchez, Rashad Evans, Joe Stevenson, Michael Bisping, the list of high quality, above average fighters to conquer The Ultimate Fighter series goes on.
These are just the names of some who won the show.
Next in line, Nelson, Schoonover, Mitrione, seriously?
Lets face it fight fans, this crop of Ultimate Fighters leaves a lot to be desired. No one has really put on an impressive performance thus far. A couple have dominated but that may be more a result of their opponents than their potential. That is not to say they are not a talented group with potential, but which one of these fighters has proven so far that they can come close to competing with a Cheick Congo, a Cain Velasquez, or god forbid a Brock Lesnar.
The whole point of bringing these fighters into the UFC is to make waves in their division. Up to this point, not one fighter has shown the quality required to accomplish that goal. There is a definite potential for improvement in every case so far.
One glaring weakness has been stamina. The gas tanks seem half empty in a few cases. This is understandable to an extent but not excusable by any means.
These potential fighters have chosen one of the most demanding athletic competitions to participate in by pursuing a career as a fighter. Their cardio does not reflect their ambitions at this time.
Sure they have a great deal of time between wrapping the show and the actual finale where they will compete in the big show. Even still, their state of cardio in the show is indicative that they may not taking it very serious in the first place.
Time will tell and there are still a few fights to come.
That said, up to this point it has been fairly lackluster. Even the victories were sluggish, devoid of true competition at the elite level required to consider one UFC quality.
The most impressive display of aggression and power has been between Rampage and poor little innocent door. Not exactly as advertised when we started this thing a few weeks back.
When a fight fan tunes in to watch heavyweights compete for the chance of a lifetime, the expectations are far removed from what actually is transpiring before their eyes.
Needless to say, this season has really been a letdown in more ways than one.
The whole premise of the coaching match-up has been thrown out the window, leaving the relentless trash talk to lose its luster.
The fighters chosen for the show have not been able to excel in a match or exceed the other fighters abilities. Sadly when both competitors have room for improvement it makes really getting into the show hard to do.
Bottom line is this, as an MMA writer I have had the opportunity to roam my local area following regional events with a fever. In my experiences, I have seen more than one heavyweight fighter who would mop the floor with some of these guys.
How some of these TUF cast members earned their spot is a mystery to me knowing the talent that is out there just waiting to be discovered at the regional level. Maybe more fighters should tryout so the talent pool will be deep for the UFC to choose from.
This is not an attempt to totally discredit the accomplishments of those competing on the show, more so than a depiction of the realization that this season has been watered down by fighters who need more training to compete at the elite level.
It seems more obvious as each week passes, that we have been lured hook line and sinker, into following a show that promises nothing more than some "yo mammy" trash talk between two coaches who may never fight, and the ongoing hope that Kimbo Slice will return and take over the heavyweights TUF show somehow.
Neither event is going to happen any time soon so why do we continue to tune in so religiously?
We know damn well there is not one competitor thus far that could carry Heath Herrings jock strap.
So what is the point?
In the end perhaps there isn't one, perhaps we don't mind being misled to believe that quantity is better than quality. At this time, the quantity of potential UFC heavyweights far outweighs the quality.