Some people watch The Ultimate Fighter purely for the fights and don’t like the reality TV element. These people tend to be party-pooping wet blankets who think that they’re too good for a little mindless voyeuristic entertainment. Either way, the stuffy “purists” were treated to almost two hours of nothing but fights on the Season 14 premiere of TUF on Wednesday. The fights were pretty solid – as to be expected from bantamweight and featherweight fighters.
The Ultimate Fighter 14 will be the last season of the hit reality series to be hosted on Spike TV before the program moves to FOX affiliate network FX, and by the look of things, the partnership between the show and Spike will be going out with a bang. The show’s featherweight and bantamweight cast is backed by coaches “Mayhem” Jason Miller (23-6) and “The Count” Micheal Bisping (21-3) – a guy who likes to crack jokes and cause trouble going against someone who often can’t take a joke but himself has quite the penchant for smack-talk, ensuring that there will be plenty of coach-on-coach conflict.
If the WEC taught the MMA world anything, it’s that the lower weight classes rarely afford a boring fight. Add to that the fact that the show’s fourteenth installment features a roster of talent reminiscent of the Season 1 with an increased focus on building fighters rather than showcasing pranks on camera, and spectators are all but guaranteed an explosive season. The level of experience found throughout most of the cast points to a more mature, professional group of men looking to punch, slam, and beat their way to the UFC roster. As reported on the TUF website, the cast members of the TUF 14 are as follows: