Here is my take on the show.
If I tune in for future episodes it will only be for the fight of the night. I might be content to read a play by play on the net.
With every passing season TUF is making young MMA fighters look like a bunch of macho, immature adolescents with anger management problems. I was rolling my eyes at the Armenian guy (whatever his name was) when he wanted to train with a broken elbow. They should have let him practice and taught him a lesson. That kind of behaviour does not make you look tough IMO. Finishing a fight when you are injured is being tough, but insisting on continuing training when you know it will only get worse is just plain foolish. i.e. his talk seemed very cheap to me. He knew he would not be allowed to continue and just shot his mouth off to look tough. Like I said, they should have let him work out with a broken arm for a bit.
A while back there was a thread asking what team (Hughes or Serra) would you want to be on. As much as I dislike Hughes, I picked his team. Why? If I remember correctly it is because I thought he would be a better coach and that Serra talked too much.
Well, episode 1 convinced me that Serra's team is going to get killed. Serra made the worst decision in to pick his guy first. I'm sorry, but that was foolish. Second or third would be understandable, but there are many reasons I think it was a mistake
1) The guy is a BJJ black belt and supposedly trains (or has trained with Serra). Therefore, if Serra cared at all about this guy getting some overall experience, then he would have not been afraid to let him go to team Hughes (the same goes for the actual guy too when Hughes approached him)
2) Serra, by picking his buddy first, missed the opportunity to get a really good fighter. Saying that, I feel that Serra lets his frienship(s) get in the way of better judgement when it comes to business
and somewhat unrelated...
3) Serra still talks too much. It's 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, not the other way around.
I would like to add that I thought I saw guys trying to fight in the house during a preview. I guess they missed the episode where a couple fighters had their UFC careers come to a halt when they fought at the house.