Ready and willing
By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 1/23/13 – The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) made its season premier for the first time on FX Channel, featuring UFC Light HeavyweightChampion Jon Jones coaching against unlikely division number one contender Chael Sonnen. In this two hour episode 28 unsigned fighters duel in 14 eliminating matches. Each of these men have been training for months in hopes of living in the TUF house and signing a contract to be the next Ultimate Fighting Champion in the UFC.
This is a typical reality sports show in that it shows not just the physical investment a person must be capable of but the emotional one as well. Out of 28 grown men in this two hour episode there were five that cried. It was the first time on TUF that friends and family could surprise the fighter before the duel. As to add to the pressure these men are enduring. It is fair to say that this is an emotional time for these men so my question is why make it more difficult? Reality Television at its finest. Now for the “reactions” from their fellow fighter friends.
The fighters are from all over the world. Some wrestlers who were once on Olympic teams. Others are dreamers trying to set out for a better life than they are living at this moment in time. One would say “only in America” would an athlete aspire to support his family on a six figure income earned by fighting. Let’s not forget about the bonus incentives: $5,000 per finish, $25,000 for best knockout, $5,000 for best submission and lastly another $5,000 for the best fight of the season.
When its all said and done it’s all about the money.
There was one particular Englishman that was the first pick for any team. Team Sonnen chose Luke Barnatt, who was in tip top shape and ready for his duel.
He is the one to watch if you are into The Ultimate Fighter because he is ready and willing. We could definitely see him rising to the occasion and signing a UFC contract.