Originally Posted by Palma
It's easy... everyone else really sucked and had no cardio. Not to take anything away from Amir, because I really like him, but the is easily the weakest cast in terms of talent, skill, and conditioning they have ever had.
Agreed. Amir wouldn't have been able to win any of the other shows that had a 185 class, or even win a fight in most of them.
CB was the best guy going in? Really? His cardio wasn't great and he got caught in the same submission twice by the same guy. Any fighter that can sprawl and brawl will beat CB, as will any fighter with great BJJ.
What sucks about having less experienced fighters on the show is that the wrestlers will just lay and pray like Jesse Taylor or CB. Unfortunately that's effective because at that level the standup specialists can't defend takedowns while the BJJ guys aren't used to getting hit in the face. Wrestlers just control the action and get a decision or wear their opponents down with G&P.
The low level of skill on this show is why a completely inexperienced guy like Amir can come in with a huge heart and find himself TUF Champion.