This coming season of The Ultimate Fighter is looking to be a thrilling one because of the coaches, but at the same time the last season wasn’t reviewed either. Today both will be reviewed and previewed.
The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Review
Season 21 of The Ultimate Fighter was a good one considering the new format that was introduced. While teams have always been a part of the show since the beginning, a format involving gyms is only a recent concept.
The season also introduced the culture of the rivalry between the two gyms which goes deep because of the fact that the Blackzilians are a spin off of American Top Team.
It was no more apparent then in the relationship between head coaches Glenn Robinson and Dan Lambert respectively.
There was also a tense relationship between certain fighters in the house who had a history together and also with the two coaching staffs.
There’s also a slight nod to the show’s season one roots in that it was possible for a fighter to never fight the whole season and because of injuries and substitutions, did happen.
In the end because of both the team and individual competitions, both teams came out as winners as American Top Team won the team competition and the Blackzilians’ Kamaru Usman won the normal TUF contract.
The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber
For only the second time in the history of The Ultimate Fighter, teams will be drawn based on country lines rather then by coach’s teams.
While this has been prominent in regional versions of the show, in the main show there has only been one instance of this during the ninth season of the show, wherein Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping coached teams from the United States and the United Kingdom respectively.
This season will also feature a team representing the United States coached by Urijah Faber while a team comprised of European fighters will be coached by one of the most infamous fighters in the UFC today, Conor McGregor.
Despite the tension between the two teams and coaches, the two coaches will not be facing each other at the end of the show as McGregor has a unification title fight at the end of the year with UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo.
Needless to say this season should be exciting and there will be some prospects that will probably come out of the woodwork.
Season 22 debuts tomorrow on Fox Sports 1 at 10pm eastern, 7pm western.