Brock Lesnar vs. Junior dos Santos: TUF 13 on Spike TV—And So It Begins
The dirty little secret tucked into the pockets of The Ultimate Fighter is that the reality-show nonsense is as much a draw as the actual fighting. That’s partially by design and partially because the contests don’t always feature two contenders of equal (or sufficient) capacity.
Consequently, there is always a healthy dose of controversy and scandal; some of it is natural and some feels orchestrated either by the stocking of alcohol in the house (during the early days) or simply through the magic of editing.
For instance, Shamar Bailey told us he was happy to be on Team dos Santos because he felt they “understand” him better than Team Lesnar. That seems like an awfully strange thing to say after a few hours or so of back-and-forth.
Given Lesnar’s conservative profile and his somewhat controversial image plus the racial dynamic of each coaching staff, you can read all sorts of juicy subtexts into that statement.
But who knows when the interview was filmed?
It could’ve been at the culmination of the season, it could’ve been after the teams had been together for considerable training OR it could’ve been filmed exactly when it appears to have been filmed i.e. after only a brief interaction between Bailey and both coaches.
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