With the 10th season of the Ultimate Fighter officially wrapping up with the big finale in Las Vegas tonight, let's look back to see what we've really learned from this season of the Ultimate Fighter.
1.) It surprisingly wasn't totally the Kimbo Slice show.
When I tuned into the first episode of the show, and the way they brought in Kimbo as a separate fighter, as the "main" guy with a target on his back, I was turned off. I knew he was going to be on the show but I thought it was complete crap the way they had started marketing him. It was the same way that EliteXC (remember them?) had marketed Kimbo and it was wrong. He still to this day has proved nothing inside the cage.
However, as the season went on we got away from this trend, and the focus from episode to episode changed to what was actually going on and not just what Kimbo was doing, saying, thinking. We at least learned that outside of his persona he appears to be a humble man which I think is important if the UFC doesn't want to follow in the same BS marketing path that EliteXC did.
2.) More time should go into finding the TUF competitors.
Don't get me wrong there is some talent coming out of this season. Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub in the finals both could make a splash in the UFC. Let's not forget the likes of Marcus Jones and who knows who else can step up and win some fights after this finale.
But overall, the talent in the show has been lacking, and that's just been a growing trend. Looking back from the first season and going forward there has been less and less fighters coming out of the house going on to succeed inside the UFC. The way to fix this is to have a bit more extensive search into who actually goes into the house each season.
3.) Size does matter.
We see it now in amongst the UFC heavyweight division with the Brock Lesnar's and Shane Carwin's. Now in the TUF finale, we have two BIG boys (though one is that big though a buffet) fighting in the finals. This probably marks the end of the era for "smaller" heavyweights. The likes of Couture and Vera have already gone down to 205, and from the show I am sure we'll see a guy like McSweeny try his luck at 205 as well.
For example look at some of the rest of the guys in the house: Marcus Jones 6'6" 262lbs, Matt Mitrione 6'2" 255lbs, Brendan Schaub 6'4" 245lbs, and yes Roy Nelson at 6' 264lbs.
It's obvious that size now plays one of the biggest factors for the new breed of heavyweight fighters to be successful in MMA.
4.) Other sport athletes CAN compete in MMA.
This season we've seen four guys from the NFL compete in TUF10. While many would think that after devoting their life and career to football that one would not have the past experience to be successful in fighting, and I am going to argue against that.
The pure athleticism of a man making it to the top in mostly any sport shows that he's capable of committing himself to a specific goal for a long period of time and work tirelessly towards that goal. In MMA you need that same attitude, and if that person is already a natural athlete then it's not beyond the realm of possibility for someone to cross over sports and have success.
5.) Rampage and Rashad NEED to fight.
I don't care if Rashad loses to Thiago Silva at their scheduled UFC 108 bout. When (not if) Rampage comes back, which he said will be sometime in 2010, those two need to do battle in the octagon. The constant hype and legitimate hatred between these two fighters in the house has been a show almost all by itself.
I can only imagine the fireworks once these two step in the octagon.
So, what did you take away from TUF10? Things you liked or disliked or something that stuck out to you so much that I missed?