Likely meant to produce fresher fighters, the decision to drop qualifying clashes ended up thinning out the talent pool. Fighters got by on personality and record rather than production, while some even ended up quitting the show when their passion to win didn't go as deep as initially believed. Fortunately, the UFC was quick to remedy the matter and return to the opening round of rumbles.
The UFC’s creation of the Ultimate Fighter will forever be linked with the organization’s rise from an outcast athletic endeavor to global power, as the show showcased the personalities and professionalism often involved inside the cage. For the first time many fans learned how technical Mixed Martial Arts actually was and got a feel for how approachable fighters actually were. However, that’s not to say every decision relating to TUF has been great since it first showed up. With TUF 18 debuting tomorrow night it’s time to take a look back at five gaffes from the franchise’s run on TV in hopes the decision to mix male/female fighters on the upcoming season doesn’t follow in their footsteps… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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