I have never really been interested in who pees in who’s food. Sincerely… But this season’s The Ultimate Fighter is so fascinating to me. I am already familiar with Rashad Evans and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson for having seen their respective seasons of The Ultimate Fighter. This year it’s all about the Evans vs. Jackson dramarama with them bickering like teenagers all the time. But it’s all good because I listen carefully and watch with great interest what they do.
I believe we are simply what we do… Rampage is a manbaby. It’s relatively easy to be a manbaby, you just blurt out whatever comes to mind and overreact to everything that happens around you. And dude, you do not put chickens in a car in Las Vegas. I am not an animal activist but that is so useless and stupid.
Rashad, on the other hand, is a great coach and leader. Many people think that one is born a leader but leadership is an ability that is forged over time, often by being mentored by other great leaders. And you have to work really hard at a craft to deserve the attention of the best coaches and mentors out there, in any endeavor. It is a joy to watch Rashad and his assistant coaches work with the guys on his team (and get a bonus glimpse of Keith Jardine once in a while!)
I don’t believe for a second that the guys on Evans’ team are better than Rampage’s fighters. It is highly improbable that Rashad just happened to pick the best fighter and orchestrate the perfect matchups. It is pretty obvious that the coaching (mental and physical) is better. I was kind of appalled by Rampage’s ‘coaching’ style. I still don’t know what the deal is with Rampage. The first time around I was simply unimpressed by his ‘coaching’ style. It is obvious that he is slightly dim but that is not so much a detriment to him in his career. What is a detriment is that he is unable to connect on an emotional level with other guys. It grates on my nerves to hear him coach his fighters the same way he attempts to intimidate the competition. I mean you don’t tell a fighter to win because the other guy’s got titties… come on!
I love The Ultimate Fighter. It’s a total sausage fest. Plus all the guys have their own reason for being so fucking hot… except Wes Sims. He gets on my last nerve. I had no idea who Kimbo Slice was before this. I mean why would I troll Youtube looking for videos of guys who fight in their back yard?! I really like the guy. I hope he gets to fight again.
I was most intrigued by the episode in which Matt Mitrione fought Scott Junk. Men provide an enormous amount of physical cues about what is going on in their head. It is not in their habit to conveniently explain in exact terms what they are feeling or going through. While Matt seemed incredibly pissed off, even enraged during practice, however, he bounced his water bottle onto the counter in a very casual way. Compare this to Rampage who, after alternating between being frustrated and goofing around about losing, snapped and broke down a door, completely. Neither channeled their energy towards what was most important but Matt seems less “crazy” to me because he has a higher level of self-awareness than Rampage. I can deal with someone who is steaming mad and yelling, for whatever reason, even if it can be frightening. Wall-punchers are a waste of time and energy.
It seems I have developed a penchant for warriors in the past year. But I’ve discovered it has its challenges. There is a reason why men transform themselves into well honed fighting machines. It’s a coping mechanism. When I started watching TUF about a year ago I went through as many seasons as I could get my hands on. While I may have characterized it as porn in the past, it has become a treasure trove of research material. While I could indulge in a TV show made for men and by men, TUF is a little more raw and revealing. I have a partner who is a well honed killing machine clocking over three decades in various forms of martial Arts training, military training, and an immense ego to boot. When informed that he and I were an item, a mentor, and well-regarded community leader, told me: “He needs a strong woman to keep him in line!” Yes, he does!
Having served in peace time, I wrongly assumed my partner would be free of PTSD, something that A LOT of servicemen and women deal with everyday. But I was wrong. He has PTSD from growing up with a father who is a Vietnam War vet. Soon I will meet his family and understand a bit more what built my precious soldier and why all the men in his family are compelled to be on the front in Viet Nam and today, as I write this, for the third time in Iraq.
The first Ranger I ever dated, a Captain in the 82nd Airborne, was a mystery to me. It didn’t make sense to me that someone would need to sleep with a loaded gun in the bedside drawer. It took me a long time to understand.
So who is my favorite!? If you care to know, Brendan Schaub gets some points. He will likely win the show and he is perhaps the most gorgeous guy I have ever seen in my life! However, I cannot figure out much about his personality. Justin Wren is the bomb and he seems so nice and easy to get along with. He’d make a fine beard cuddle buddy. But of course, I have this engineer fetish so my favorite fighter is Abe Wagner. I am sad that, because he didn’t win his fight, there was sparse footage of him for most of the season. (Yes, I also have a thing for guys who have no tattoos or piercing.)
It occurs to me that there is not enough interviews during this show! So my fantasy job would be to interview the guys from The Ultimate Fighter about anything BUT fighting. I mean other than the competition for a UFC contract, these are regular guys. Really, really, really hot regular guys! I have a million questions to ask them!
I think that this would be very popular with the growing number of women who enjoy The Ultimate Fighter.