Is the MMA Talent Pool Drying Up?

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IriShame
10/30/09 8:33:34PM
There were 190 middleweights and 81 light heavyweights who showed up cauliflower ears and all in hopes of becoming the next "Ultimate Fighter."
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UFC president Dana White called it a low turnout and said he was looking to recruit three or four fighters that day. After season nine's tryouts drew 700 welterweight and lightweights, he was perplexed by the drop-off.

"It's very weird," he said. "You would think right now in these hard economic times... I thought this would be the biggest turnout we ever had."

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2009/10/30/1107708/is-the-mma-talent-pool-drying-up
jae_1833
10/30/09 9:13:48PM
"The story focuses on several veteran fighters who are trying out for TUF this season including: Jason Lambert, Nick "the Goat" Thompson, Logan Clark, and Wayne Cole. Even TUF season 1 participant Bobby Southworth was back for another bite at the apple.
All but Cole and Clark made it to the second round."

I am pretty shocked Logan Clark didn't make it to the second round and Southworth did.....WTF!!??
IriShame
10/30/09 9:38:18PM
I, for one, have no desire to see Bobby Southworth on T.V. again. Perhaps we can look forward to another tough time in the sauna. Whack.
Rush
10/30/09 10:29:59PM

Posted by jae_1833

I am pretty shocked Logan Clark didn't make it to the second round and Southworth did.....WTF!!??




Jeff Joslin never made it through back when he was much more experienced that most fighters on the show. I think a lot of it also comes down to who they think will be the bigger drama queens.
Jesse_Canadian_MMA
10/30/09 11:15:51PM
I was still hoping Loiseau was part of this
jae_1833
10/30/09 11:20:29PM

Posted by Rush


Posted by jae_1833

I am pretty shocked Logan Clark didn't make it to the second round and Southworth did.....WTF!!??




Jeff Joslin never made it through back when he was much more experienced that most fighters on the show. I think a lot of it also comes down to who they think will be the bigger drama queens.



Good point, you think they will sign him outright though? OH YEAH....what happened with the Crow....dude is a badass!
Frost_777
10/31/09 3:51:26AM
they need the crow on TUF then we can see if he can get back to winning ways, he has so much talent but for some reason he looks lost and confused when he fights now.
MMAcca
10/31/09 4:35:06AM

Posted by Jesse_Canadian_MMA

I was still hoping Loiseau was part of this



I think it's a good bet he will be.

Dana & Spike were only looking to recruit 4/5 from each weightclass from the tryouts.
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