Earlier this month 12 of the 16 TUF Live fighters made their official UFC debuts at the season’s finale. The four that didn’t get their shot under the big lights were unable to fight on the card due to injuries sustained in the last few weeks of the season. One of the unlucky ones was Mike Rio.
The Ultimate Fighter Live format has come and gone. After 14 tape delayed seasons the reality series moved to FX, changed days and went Live. The new format brought Live elimination bouts each week and was supposed to rejuvenate the series, but that didn’t happen and the second season on FX will be going back to the tape delayed format.
Injuries happen in every sport, they’re unavoidable but what the UFC is currently experiencing is on another level. In the past the UFC has dealt with injuries head on, often putting together better fights than what was originally scheduled. The mounting injuries that the UFC is going through right now have crippled then from doing this and the resulting moves have weakened the upcoming summer cards.
It’d finally here; the first installment of the MMA Media Roundtable has arrived and the panel will take on UFC 146 & TUF Live in this the inaugural edition. The panel of three will each answer one question regarding last weekend’s historic UFC 146 and one on this seasons TUF Live, which wrapped up at Fridays Finale.
A fighter claiming he was “ok” or was “not out” is not uncommon in MMA; in fact it happens far too often. It seems to happen at least one time an event and Friday’s TUF Live Finale didn’t deviate from the norm.
Mike Chiesa’s tumultuous TUF Live experience came to a storybook conclusion. Mike Chiesa entered the TUF Live house as one of sixteen. He was a longshot to become the next Ultimate Fighter. After receiving the heartbreaking news of his father’s passing, nobody would have blamed him for leaving the show. Instead, he battled through competitors inside the cage and emotions outside it to earn a spot in the finale against teammate Al Iaquinta.
Before TUF Live finalist Al Iaquinta even entered the Octagon against Michael Chiasa at tonight’s TUF Live Finale, the straight-faced lightweight walked away 50k richer. During the night’s preliminary card the UFC announced the TUF Live season awards, voted on by the fans.
The long grind of the first live version of The Ultimate Fighter ends tonight at the TUF Live Finale in Las Vegas. Featuring 12 of the 16 TUF Live contestants, the 10 bout card will be headlined by an important match-up in the welterweight division between Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann.