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UFC president Dana White open to another comeback season of 'The Ultimate Fighter'

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Eleven seasons have passed since "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series featured a "comeback" season, but another one could be on the way.

Following Friday's regular-season finale of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" – the first season on FX and the first with live fights – UFC president Dana White admitted interest in a season that would exclusively feature former UFC fighters.

The success of the first one, "TUF 4," is a big reason why.

That season took place in 2006 on Spike TV and featured 16 fighters with previous UFC experience. While the decision to give the middleweight and welterweight "TUF" winners immediate title shots initially was met with criticism, it resulted in one of MMA's biggest upsets. After winning "TUF 4" with a narrow win over Chris Lytle, Matt Serra earned a title shot and then upset welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69.

So would White consider a second comeback season?

"Of course," White said. "I think enough time has gone by by where there's enough guys out there where you could do that type of show again."

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If it was None Zuffa I'd like a line up like this:

1 Tim Sylvia
2 Mike Whitehead
3 Eddie Sanchez
4 Andrei Arlovski
5 Todd Duffee
6 Seth Petruzelli
7 Travis Wiuff
8 Abe Wagner
9 Joey Beltran
10 Neil Grove
11 Goran Reljic
12 Marcio Cruz
13 Pedro Rizzo - Especially if he beats Fedor
14 Paul Buentello
15Justin McCully
16 Sean McCorkle

Heck even throw in
Ricco Rodriguez or Tuchscherer or Morecraft or Tim Hague

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As long as the winner doesn't get a title shot, then I'm okay with it.

Post #2   5/26/12 12:52:44PM   

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

As long as the winner doesn't get a title shot, then I'm okay with it.

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I probably wouldn't tune in for most of the season if it was heavyweights.

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Good....now Andy has something to look forward to.

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Good....now Andy has something to look forward to.



If he made the top 16 to get invited.

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

As long as the winner doesn't get a title shot, then I'm okay with it.



A big payoff is part of the allure, but I agree...I'd be fine if the winner got a #1 contender fight.

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Instead of a comeback season, just find 16 guys and send them to Strikeforce so that the roster has more than 20 fighters on it.

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

As long as the winner doesn't get a title shot, then I'm okay with it.



A big payoff is part of the allure, but I agree...I'd be fine if the winner got a #1 contender fight.



I mean I can't remember the Lutter fight that well but wasn't he doing pretty good with Anderson? I know he missed weight but I thought he competed with him and Serra won so I'm not too sure why a title shot is out of the question.

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Posted by postman

I mean I can't remember the Lutter fight that well but wasn't he doing pretty good with Anderson? I know he missed weight but I thought he competed with him and Serra won so I'm not too sure why a title shot is out of the question.



How could Lutter not do good? He's the Michael Jordan of BJJ


Last comeback season guys like Paul Buentello were getting HW title shots and there was no such thing as a UFC 155 pound title. Lightning did strike for Serra, but the divisions are so much more stacked now that I think they'd get more complaints from fans for holding up deserving fighters who've worked their way up the ladder. I wouldn't care either way, just saying it was a pretty different landscape then.

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Posted by Kpro


Posted by postman

I mean I can't remember the Lutter fight that well but wasn't he doing pretty good with Anderson? I know he missed weight but I thought he competed with him and Serra won so I'm not too sure why a title shot is out of the question.



How could Lutter not do good? He's the Michael Jordan of BJJ


Last comeback season guys like Paul Buentello were getting HW title shots and there was no such thing as a UFC 155 pound title. Lightning did strike for Serra, but the divisions are so much more stacked now that I think they'd get more complaints from fans for holding up deserving fighters who've worked their way up the ladder. I wouldn't care either way, just saying it was a pretty different landscape then.



Divisions are more stacked but the champions are identical!

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Divisions are more stacked but the champions are identical!



It was Sylvia, Liddell, Franklin, GSP during the comeback season! GSP is it!

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I'd love to see this, I'm kind of getting bored of the same old TUF even with the changes to Live fights, and making the show more about the fights than the drama (it's a good thing) but I think has gotten a bit stale. Would like to see some guys try to make the comeback it'd be a real good season.

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I'm sure current UFC fighters would have a problem with being leapfrogged by guys who have been cut from the UFC.

UFC comeback guys are facing former cut UFC guys

And UFC contenders are facing current UFC fighters

Not the same level of competition to earn a title shot.

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