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Colton Smith, ONLY TUF Winner With Just ONE Win, Some Fights On The Fence, And Man, Does Roy Nelson Piss Off Dana White!!!
on December 28, 2014
Ok, OK, Ok, YES!!! There ARE spoilers included in this review. If you aren't into that, and don't like spoilers, then don't read any further, because you'll only be frustrated. Fair warning? Thanks.
About 2 1/2 years ago, Season #16 of The Ultimate Fighter kicked off, and immediately, even before the elimination fights started, Roy Nelson pissed off Dana White. "Big Country" said that if you win your fights, that's the goal. Dana immediately spoke up, saying that he didn't just want the fighters to win, he wanted IMPRESSIVE FIGHTS! So, the eliminations began, and there were brutal knock outs, slick, sneaky submissions, and a few decisions that nobody cared to live a 2nd time, but that's the way it went. Hey, even Forrest Griffin had his BJJ Coach, Cameron Diffley, competing as a contestant, who won his elimination fight by quick submission. How bad could it truly get? Did Roy really mess things up by saying, "Just win!"?
Well, the answer to that was that once the fighters got into the house, decision after decision pursued, and while some of the fights might have been worth watching over, not all of the fights were all that great, and a lot of them ended up being MAJORITY decisions, which is kind of unheard of these days in MMA, even in 2 round fights, but not in TUF. Interesting. But ALSO, the kid that was accused of fighting a cheap fight to get into the house, Colton Smith, actually fought FIGHT OF THE SEASON against Eddy Ellis, and it really was a good fight. It actually baffles me to this day, WHY Ellis never got to make his UFC debut after his performance.
Where there should've been multiple knock outs, there was only one, and that man happened to be in the Finale. Where there probably should've been a few more submissions, there was only one, and he got bit in the process for his efforts. That guy made his UFC debut, only to lose a lackluster decision against Neil Magny in the preliminaries at UFC 157. That was his only fight.
THE FIGHTERS: Who would've figured that the TUF #16 Winner, Colton Smith, would only win ONE UFC fight...the Finale Fight that made him the Ultimate Fighter?! I'm pretty sure that's a first. There was a ton of controversy about Colton, his fight to get into the house, the fake glove touch, and I'm sorry to say, but I don't call that a dirty fight. When the ref says, "Fight!!!," touching gloves IS good sportsmanship, but it shouldn't be first priority. Colton did what he had to to get into the house, and ultimately, he won it all. But tough fights against other TUF Winners, #15 Winner, Michael Chiesa, and TUF Smashes Winner, Robert Whittaker, and then getting tapped in under 40 seconds by Carlos Diego Ferreira, simply shows that Colton has some work to do before fighting with the UFC again. I do salute him for serving his country. Mike Ricci, runner-up in this whole thing, showed some stones, ultimately standing up his own fellow Canadian, and proving some all-around toughness, but so far going 1-2 with the UFC, and got released as well. Who would've figured that Neil Magny would turn his style into something that could actually knock out some tough fighters? I never would've figured that! But to this date, Magny is on a 5-fight winning streak, and has recently done so impressively. Sam Alvey is with the UFC, and is so far 1-1, and hopefully does what he can to stick around. Igor Araujo has proved to be a grinder, and a tough out, but has been KO'd in his only UFC loss, so far. I'd still love to see Eddy Ellis get his go-round in the Big Show, just because I think he deserves it. And oddly enough, Nic Herron-Webb, the kid who was somewhat immature, hopefully gets his opportunity, on a 3-fight W streak. I almost figured that Cameron Diffley would get an automatic gimme, simply being Forrest Griffin's boy, and despite an undefeated record, (4-0) I think I have to respect the fact that he isn't quite ready for UFC level competition.
Altogether, this wasn't what you'd call a horrible season. There was definitely a lot of potential. But when the Boss Man, Dana White, tells you he wants exciting fights, and your solution is to EEK out decisions, hoping to be in the Finale, you'd probably be best to put away the middle finger, and see what you can do about getting a KO or submission. Because certain attitudes on this season told Dana White, "Up yours," and Dana didn't have to give them opportunities to begin with. And unfortunately, for certain people, this show was as far as they got. For a few of them, rightfully so!
In the end, the Finale was rather entertaining, and we got to find out what would happen if Matt Mitrione fought Roy Nelson in the Main Event of the Finale. If you're looking for interesting, you have just that in this season. If great fights are what you are expecting, well...you've been warned.