Spike TV's reality tv show now in it's 6th season begs the question.
For the unknowing, here is the premise of the show: Take sixteen no-name fighters and let them fight it out, tournament style, for the price of a pro contract. Oh yeah and did I mention that they will all stay in the same house, have no contact with the outside world, and that the losers are made to stay on in the house as training partners? And, to add a little incentive, if the fight is stopped by KO, TKO or submission the winner gets $5,000.
Now, in order for this to work, these guys need to have coaches. So they are split into two teams, with the hope of some bonding. Now in come the coaches. Best to make sure they are two guys that don't like each other. No rivalry was better than Ortiz and Shamrock, but this season's is a good one also: Matt Hughes vs Matt Serra.
Heading into week five of the competiton, the fights so far have been so so at best. They start off with an mini-evalutation training session, then pick the teams and get right into it.
Team Hughes is down 3-1 and Matt Hughs is not a happy guy. Hughes is confident with his team picks but figures the nerves of being on tv is getting to some of his guys. Matt Hughes takes his coaching very seriously. He not there to make friends, he is there to make fighters. And that should be what any fighter would want.
Hughes has been a coach before and knows what it takes to win. Matt Serra actually won this competition in season 4. Serra then went on to shock the fight world by beating George St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight championship--a title that was held by Matt Hughes for a long time and successfully defended nine times. At the conclusion of the show Matt Hughes and Matt Serra will face off against one another with the welterweight belt on the line.
The Ultimate Fighter series has gone on to produce some great fighters, Forrest Griffin for example. Every UFC fan remembers that season finale between Griffin and Bonnar--a toe to toe, all out war.
I have not been overly impressed with the fighters I have seen so far in season 6, so don't look for any of these fighters to be holding a championship belt any time soon.