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i wonder how they go about setting up the first round elimination matches.
Spike TV uses this show for their ratings and it's a reality show don't forget guys. if this was about the sport there wouldn't be a "character interview" where they analyze you as a person and all that.
^^^yea connections def. help get you on the show no doubt. to bad they can't help ya win the first fight lol.
This year they required at least 3 professional fights and a winning record to be even considered. There are open tryouts and multiple rounds, with only a few fighters getting to the point where the "scouts" interview them to see what their personalities are like.
Most of the "good" fighters have to really impress during the non interview part...mostly everyone else gets in by reputation or knowing someone high up.
i truly do not think one's record matters unless its like 0-4 or something like that as there have been plenty of guys w/ a 0-0 record or even more losses than wins. i think it depends on how well you impress in the open tryouts and what kind of impression you make personality-wise during the interviews.
of course accomplishments/championships from wresting, bjj, etc. also help one's chances and being undefeated certainly can't hurt. either way, now days you have to fight to get on the show so the best man on paper could potentially lose his first fight and not even get into the house at all (we seen that on season 9 when che mills was deemed the pre-favorite to win the tournament).
I think the last season that took skill into the app process was season 5....
Now I agree that SPIKE has alot to do with it
Originally Posted by YukonJordan
SpikeTV has a lot of control over that process so I assume it's based on controversiality/ratings potential with a minimum of credibilty as a fighter.
I know a few guys that tried out a few years ago. They sent in the application. One made a video with ammateur fight highlights. It's really a crapshoot. More about t.v. ratings than who can actually fight. I mean they litterally give you like 1 minute of grappling and a little pad time. Thats it.
Little late to reply,but w/e.
First off, theirs a application form,and the try-outs. At the TO,you hit pads and do some light grappling in a attempt to impress. Of course, none of this matter if you have someone backing you up, like a UFC fighter,or a named camp.
I often feel that they dont always get the best talent and get guys that would be good for tv, they aim to make the show interesting so they get the guys who are out there and usually get most of the best guys as well.
Except for the U.S. vs. UK season I clearly think they got a lot less talent on the U.S. side of things so team UK would win, drawing more UK fans into the ufc/the sport.