Posted by JimiMak
Champions should never, ever be tied up w/ this show.
I absolutely agree. We've had to suffer too long through this nonsense with Serra and Jackson as champs. TUF is great for the casual fans to really get involved with the sport, but it is not the sport IMO. Just take a look at Tommy Speer for an example of that. He dominates several opponents on TUF (whom the general public figured were great fighters) and then gets KTFO'd by a relative "nobody" in the actual UFC.
I think TUF is great, but it's not the SPORT. Making the champions of the SPORT participate in something that is merely a taste of the sport takes away from the big picture. Look how confused both the welter weight and the light heavyweight divisions are at the moment. Is it a coincidence that both of these divisions have had their belts on the show? I think not.
I also agree that having TUF coaches be experienced trainers like Greg Jackson and Mark Delagrotte would be a phenomenal idea. The fighters would really develop, IMO, and you wouldn't have to worry about taking your stars out of the big picture.