I have only seen some of TUF 6, maybe half of the season and I enjoyed most of what I saw. So, I guess I'm technically not a complete "TUF Virgin". Anyways, when I first heard of TUF, I was reluctant to watch it. Even though it featured two of my favorite fighters as coaches. I just thought it was going to be another stupid reality show that would ruin UFC. Yeah, I was a hater at first. I have never liked reality shows and I figured this show was going to be the downfall of UFC.
Obviously, I was wrong and was simply a hater.
I was mostly worried the show was going to turn UFC too mainstream and the fan base would only know of the fighters from the show and claim they were the best fighters. Yeah, there are obviously TUF fans out there that feel this way, but there are a lot of TUF fans that expanded their minds and researched the early UFC fights and PRIDE FC (For example, there are many here).
Yeah, there are some bad things about the show, as I feel Dana protects some of the TUF guys and gives them better treatment than some of the veteran fighters who deserve better and some of the talent produced from the show has been weak. I am still shocked that Blake Bowman was allowed on the show, yet I guess he was there for comic relief as people have stated. However, I still think it is ridiculous that they probably passed on a good fighter who should have been in his place.
Anyways, I was just wondering if there are any other "TUF Virgins" out there and would like to know your thoughts on the show and what everyone else thinks who has seem them all. I would also like to add that I am really excited for this season, as I like both Forrest and Rampage. I also like the new format that Dana put in place. Looks like I am tuning into the show at a good time, as it appears to be given a breath of fresh air. Even though I had only seen some of TUF 6, I could tell how the format seemed a little stale. So, feel free to discuss the TUF series and the new show.
Sorry, it's a little long....if you finished this, I thank you for your time.
EDIT: In addition, I am aware of CornishMMA's TUF 7 Thread
...I just wanted to get my personal thoughts out there and wanted to hear other people's views on the TUF series. Mostly, this topic is intended to see if there are others out there who have not seen the show yet, or have only seen some of the show(s) (like myself). As, I would like to know what their opinion is of the series and if they're excited for TUF 7 as well. So, if you want to only discuss TUF 7, then click on the link provided. Also, anyone can contribute obviously...it really doesn't matter if you have seen it or not. I am just curious to see if anyone else is somewhat new to the series.