Another season of The Ultimate Fighter is now over and we can go over what may have been the worst season of the reality series in depth:
Quality of the fights
The preliminary fights actually led to high expectations for the season as there were several good fights ending in finishes. However, once in the house, it seemed like the fighters basically embraced caution as their middle name. All but three of the fights were boring and one of them ended in a judging controversy. The only fighter who seemed to deliver on the show was Dhiego Lima who earned both of the season’s submission wins (and as a result earned both Performance of the Season bonuses). Matt Van Buren also turned in on in the end.
Relationship between opposing coaches and fighters
Contrary to previous seasons, both coaches Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn showed respect towards each other. In fact both coaches respected each other so much that Edgar confided to Penn that he tried out for The Ultimate Fighter season 5. The relationship was also reflected in the members of the opposing teams. The majority showed respect for each other’s opponents and if there was tension it didn’t result in shouting matches or out of gym brawls. There were also little to no pranks this time around.
This season’s finals were all Team Edgar and the quality of the finals proved it. Despite the fact that Dana White called this season the worst in the history of The Ultimate Fighter, both finals ended in striking victories. At middleweight underdog Eddie Gordon finished Lima with a knockout victory. Then in the light heavyweight division, Corey Anderson took out Van Buren in similar fashion. Overall it was a fitting way for both finals to end and may have been the redeeming factor of the season.
BJ Penn’s Legacy
At the same time that the season was redeemed by two great finals, the Finale also marked the end of an era. Penn walked into this fight after a nineteen month layoff. However, he was looking to try and reestablish himself at a lighter weight class and one can only give him props for that as he looked good at featherweight. Unfortunately it became obvious that Edgar had far surpassed Penn and that it was probably time for Penn to hand up the gloves. Without a doubt his legacy has been established and he will be missed in the Octagon.