With only four fights remaining, The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller is entering the stretch run when the eighth episode airs on Wednesday night.
Considering how entertaining the 14th season has been to date—almost an ideal balance of excitement inside the Octagon and shenanigans outside it—that's excellent news.
Both the featherweight and bantamweight contestants have brought the pint-sized thunder inside the cage, exhibiting a level of polish and versatility from first to last man that we haven't seen from previous classes. Whereas most TUF seasons produce a handful of contracted fighters with only one or two developing into legitimate UFC players, it's not unrealistic to think Season 14 might seed the inchoate weight classes with three or four-times that much genuine talent.
Then there's the matter of the reality-television quotient being filled by the competitors as well as the coaches.
Michael Bisping and Jason Miller have actually been understated relative to the volatile reputations both toted with them when they agreed to coach. Though a few pranks have erupted and more are promised, not a whole lot of real malice has bubbled to the surface (with a couple notable exceptions).
Luckily for those interested in such things, the cast members have made up for the lack of coaching heat and done so in spades. Akira Corassani, Diego Brandao, Dustin Neace, Marcus Brimage, T.J. Dillashaw and Johnny Bedford have all added spice to the mix.
And I doubt they're done.
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