TUF 18 will feature male and female bouts.
So what happens when you get a bunch of male athletes with raging testosterone in a house with booze and no women? Answer: TUF Seasons 1 – 17. Now add some very tough, athletic women into that same house and you get TUF 18. Is this a ratings boost for the show or is it something that will completely tank the theme?
If you explained this concept to people and left out “The Ultimate Fighter” reference, most individuals would turn to the conclusion of “Jersey Shore”. But if you think about it, this really does sound like a Jersey Shore 2.0, minus the tanning and laundry. (Ok, minus the laundry.) Instead of their fights being random, all around the town and house, they get to do it in a cage while their roommates still get to watch. It’s a more “contained” version of the show… evolved. A potential train wreck? Sure. But who doesn’t love a good train wreck?
Ronda Rousey, however, thinks differently about this. She’s already given a stern warning to the fighters trying out for the show to keep their pants on! She wants her co-ed group of UFC hopefuls to represent MMA in a positive light.
“I think the series itself has been going away from that kind of attention-grabby, reality TV-esque kind of genre, and more into just a documentary series on the toughest, most competitive tournament in martial arts. I think that it’s going to be very similar in this season. At least [it will] on my team, because I’m going to have to remind these girls that these are the first impressions you’re setting. It’s the first impression you’re setting for women as MMA fighters, because it’s a lot of exposure that they’re going to be getting. If they’re the chick that’s screwing around in the house, for the rest of their career they’ll be known as the chick that was screwing around in that house. Sponsors are going to be looking at that, everybody’s going to be looking at that. So if you think it’s worth $100,000, that lay, then go for it. But I’m just going to remind them that there’s going to be a lot of very permanent consequences to how they carry themselves in house. I’m going to be expecting them to hold themselves as professionals. I would expect them to be eating as professionals and behaving as such. They’re not going to be eating Ben & Jerry’s. They’re not going to be chugging down a bunch of Jack (Daniels). If they are, then I did a very poor job. I think that people need to see that we’re serious about this, and we’re not just a bunch of hoodlums.”
So that’s what Ronda would like out of this, but we all know how reality TV often takes on a life of its own. One that usually ends up in trite controversy and debauchery!
Maybe we’ll even see The Ultimate Cat Fight – Unrated DVD released post season.
(We kid, we kid. . .)