We’re on our third presidency since The Ultimate Fighter debuted. America has shifted from the right to the left to … whatever Trump is. You get the point.
Well, it’s still happening. As is not news, TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt will coach and then punch each other in the face. When they were announced as coaches, the company also said that the show would be bringing back all former UFC veterans. Like they did on TUF 4.
They did a “comeback” season for TUF 4 because, even back then, they were out of ideas for the show. That was 11 years ago. ELEVEN. They’re bringing back retreads, an idea that is also a retread.
(Thank goodness they eventually brought in people with boobies.)
Here are the winners they’re gonna have on the show:
- Jesse Taylor (Season 7)
- Joe Stevenson (Season 2)
- Gilbert Smith (Season 17)
- Julian Lane (Season 16)
- Eddie Gordon (Season 19)
- Dhiego Lima (Season 19)
- James Krause (Season 15)
- Mehdi Baghdad (Season 22)
- Justin Edwards (Season 13)
- Seth Baczynski (Season 11)
- Hector Urbina (Season 19)
- Ramsey Nijem (Season 13)
- Hayder Hassan (Season 21)
- Tom Gallicchio (Season 22)
I like that they’re bringing back guys from, like, last year.
The biggest name is clearly Joe Stevenson. No joke, he has two wins in a row. Also no joke: he’s still actually fighting. Since he fought BJ Penn for the UFC Lightweight Championship, Stevenson has a stellar record of … 5-8! He’s fought everywhere from 145 to 170 so whatever.
Other name of note, is Jesse Taylor. He did well on his season. He’d reached the finals, where he was gonna fight Amir Sodallah. But, then he got shit faced, smashed a limo window, scared the fuck out of people at a casino, and the UFC sent him packing. (They brought him back for one fight, wherein he lost to CB Dollaway and never again returned to the Octagon.) In the decade since that debacle, he’s farted around. He actually had several really good string of victories at here and there, but as a general rule: he’s just a dude.
I’m guessing the show will be boring.