TUF Live: Episode 1 recap

So far the numbers for the season are:

Ratings: 0.95 household rating

Viewers: 1.3 million

Best Quote of the Night from a Coach: Did he just say he trains with Anderson Silva? -not sure but I think it was Urijah.
Best (Paraphrased- cause I couldn’t type it fast enough as he said it) Quote from a fighter: I’m the handsomest guy with the best mustache.

Did you watch? Where you impressed? I watched, it was eerie at first, with no commentary, but once I got used to it and Urijah/Dominck/Dana started to have conversations we could hear during the fights, it got interesting. It was nice to just hear the fights and the coaches with a little banter by the shows resident stars. For a live show that was a couple of hours, it went pretty fast. The 1 round fights was a great idea, so was the 5k bonus for a stoppage. You really got a feel for who is hungry and who isn’t. As for the ‘controversial’ fast stoppages, I’m perfectly OK with the ref stepping in as soon as a fighter was buckled by a shot. It’s not a 3 round fight, it’s also not going on their record. If you get caught and aren’t totally there, then you should be saved by the ref, there is no reason to accumulate damage and possibly be stuck without the ability to fight for another promotion for 3-6 months. It was a good call by the ref. Also, the guys who fought their asses off and lost by sub/TKO/KO are on the UFC’s radar, specifically Joe Silva’s which means, they will get a chance at the big show.

There are some standouts on the show, and some guys who will be cut real quick. Justin Lawrence is a an animal, as is Mike Rio and Joe Tuck is someone to keep an eye on outside of the UFC, Cristiano Marcello has potential as does Sam Sicilia and Cris Tickle. It is overall a good crop of fighters with potential. I’m sad to see Dakota didn’t make it, I thought he won the fight, I think the coaches and Dana did too, which means he will probably be brought back in if/when a fighter is injured or forced to leave for some other reason. I fully expect them to find a way to get this kid in the house because of all the drama it will cause. Also, it will give the UFC/Dana White a chance to showcase their stance on homosexuality in the UFC. They will be able to reprimand the homophobes live on air, thus showing the LGBT that they are progressive and on their side. It’s just a theory at this moment, I have absolutely no inside information so take it with a grain of salt. From a PR standpoint, it would be a good move. It’s a marketing fact, when the gay community accepts a ‘product’ it’s mainstream acceptance is boosted considerably, speeding up the market saturation of said product. It’s a FACT, there is hard data and several theories why, none of which I care to get into, the point being that it’s a good move on the UFC’s part to include every demographic possible in their marketing plan.

Overall, it was a good show. The product is a bit stale tho, the house idea is wearing thin on me, I’m ready for a more ‘real’ show. I don’t want manufactured drama. I’m curious to see what changes are made as the season progresses and what changes we will see next season.

Ranters, what did you think? What do you wanna see different?

Team Cruz                                                                                                                                                                             Team Faber

Doug Balzarin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dustin Akbari
Phil Davis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Justin Buchholz
Eric DelFierro                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lance Palmer
Lloyd Irvin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fabio Prado
Ross Pearson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Master Thong
Wilson Reis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       .                                    
Shannon Slack                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 .

Fighters in the House

  • Michael Chiesa
  • John Cofer
  • Daron Cruickshank
  • Al Iaquinta
  • Myles Jury
  • Jeremy Larsen
  • Justin Lawrence
  • Cristiano Marcello
  • Andy Ogle
  • Vinc Pichel
  • Joe Proctor
  • Mike Rio
  • Chris Saunders
  • Sam Sicilia
  • Chris Tickle
  • James Vick
Fighters eliminated during the entry round.
  • Joe Proctor defeated Jordan Rinaldi in 2:08 by submission with a guillotine choke.
  • Cristiano Marcello defeated Jared Carlsten in 2:43 by submission with a rear naked choke.
  • Sam Sicilia defeated Erin Beach in 0:08 by knock out.
  • Chris Tickle defeated Austin Lyons in 0:24 by knock out.
  • Andy Ogle defeated Brendan Weafer by unanimous decision (10–9, 10–9, 10–9).
  • Vinc Pichel defeated Cody Pfister in 3:39 with a rear naked choke.
  • John Cofer defeated Mark Glover by unanimous decision (10–9, 10–9, 10–9).
  • Chris Saunders defeated Chase Hackett by unanimous decision (10–9, 10–9, 10–9).
  • James Vick defeated Dakota Cochrane by split decision (9–10, 10–9, 10–9).
  • Michael Chiesa defeated Johnavan Visante in 2:05 by submission with a rear naked choke.
  • Mike Rio defeated Ali Maclean in 3:32 by submission with a rear naked choke.
  • Justin Lawrence defeated James Krause in 1:25 by technical knock out.
  • Daron Cruickshank defeated Drew Dober by unanimous decision (10–9, 10–9, 10–9).
  • Jeremy Larsen defeated Jeff Smith by unanimous decision (10–9, 10–9, 10–9).
  • Al Iaquinta defeated Jon Tuck by unanimous decision (10–9, 10–9, 10–9). Tuck broke a right toe during the fight.
  • Myles Jury defeated Akbarh Arreloa by unanimous decision (10–9, 10–9, 10–9).
 $5000.00 bonuses for TKO/KO and Submission vicotries:
  • Joe Proctor (sub)
  • Cristiano Marcello (sub)
  • Sam Sicilia (KO)
  • Chris Tickle (KO)
  • Vinc Pichel (sub)
  • Michael Chiesea (sub)
  • Mike Rio (sub)
  • Justin Lawrence (TKO)

That’s It!
Anthony Dominguez
comedian.writer.lover…Editor in Chief

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